10th November – 17th December
A historic first-hand record of the 21st century pandemic in textiles & stitch.
The Covid Chronicle was set up by artist Wendy Bliss during the February 2021 lockdown. The completed project is made up of 135 submissions from around the world, and the panels have been curated and stitched together into metre square blocks, making a total of 33 x 1 metres of work.
The installation has been described as a Bayeux Tapestry for the 21st century pandemic, and records personal experience in words as well as pictures: each artist has been invited to add words to support their panel for this extraordinary collection; these are often poetic or moving, and always interesting.
This exhibition epitomises how the creative process of embroidery can bring together communities around the world, whilst also promoting and reflecting the sense of well-being it brings to maker and viewer alike.
The Covid Chronicle will on display 10th November – 17th December in Gallery 1. Free entry, open Wednesday – Saturday.
From March 2023 the work will have a permanent home in Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. The work is being donated on behalf of the 140 artists in thanks for the NHS for their personal sacrifices during the Covid pandemic.