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Coronet Inside Out: Joanna Vestey

Custodians & Custodians for Covid

As part of Coronet Inside Out we are delighted to present an exclusive interview with photographic artist Joanna Vestey who discusses her projects Custodians and Custodians for Covid.

“I’m delighted to be a part of the Coronet’s Inside Out programme. I hope you enjoy these photographs made in rarely seen empty auditoriums and theatres in London during the COVID-19 crisis. As theatre-lovers, I’m sure your support for these spaces will mean a huge amount to them.” – Joanna Vestey


Vestey and collaborator Tara Rowse’s bold fundraising initiative, Custodians for Covid, is a photographic project aims to raise funds for threatened arts institutions. You can find out more about the project here.


Click here to see the other work available to watch for free on Coronet Inside Out.



Joanna Vestey (1972) is a photographic artist based in Oxford, England. She studied photography at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and has an MA in Social Anthropology and Development from SOAS. Her work has been exhibited at The Ashmolean Museum, The Southbank Centre, Personal Structures/Open Borders, Venice Biennale (2017), Glastonbury Festival, The North Wall and published in Le Monde, The Times and The British Journal of Photography. Her work is held in several collections including the National Portrait Gallery, London and a monograph of her work; Custodians, was published by the Ashmolean Museum in 2015. She has recently completed a practice led PhD at the European Centre for Documentary Research.