Many public inquiries have commemorated those who suffered and died as a result of the tragedy they are investigating. The UK Covid-19 Inquiry tapestry – titled ‘These Days’ – aims to capture the experiences and emotions of people across the UK during the pandemic. In doing so, we hope to ensure those who experienced hardship and loss remain at the heart of the Inquiry’s proceedings.
‘These Days’ is being curated by Ekow Eshun, Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and former Director of the Institute for Contemporary Arts. Bristol-based weavers, Dash and Miller, have brought the work to life using traditional weaving techniques, and yarns sourced from all four nations of the UK.
Each panel is based on an artwork created by a different artist, following conversations with individuals and communities impacted in different ways by the pandemic. The first tapestry panels were unveiled at the Inquiry’s London Hearing Centre at Dorland House in Paddington, and will be displayed at different locations throughout the UK during regional hearings. Further panels will be added over time, allowing the tapestry to reflect the scale and impact the pandemic had on different communities.
The UK Covid-19 Inquiry’s commemorative tapestry is one of a growing number of sculptures, creative installations, and community initiatives being developed as the country (and the world) comes to terms with the enormity of the pandemic and its effect on the lives of countless millions of people. Each of these projects has great value and offers a unique perspective – creating a rich and complex commemorative landscape.