2020 has been difficult for all of us and so developing Wishful Bedtime Stories this year was especially meaningful for the creative team. As artists, creating a work virtually, via emails and online meetings, posed new challenges—there was the danger of feeling isolated and disconnected. But initial concerns about being distanced from each other and our audience faded when we set eyes on the stories and art submitted by children in Brisbane. Here, in beautiful, colourful detail, was all of the uncertainty and fear, yet also the hope and humour, of the COVID experience. Receiving the work was inspiring, and we wanted to honour the children’s experiences of the pandemic in an authentic way.
Although the stories are somewhat universal, we also wanted them to settle inside the specificities of the Brisbane experience—with many of the most interesting ideas coming directly from the children’s stories and art. A big thank you to all the children who submitted work—we literally could not have done it without you!
We sincerely hope you enjoy these Wishful Bedtimes Stories. We dedicate them to all of the grandparent visits missed, the sport games cancelled, the hours of video games played, and all of the pets that were overjoyed to be by our side.