Covid piece of art on display in mid Wales town

A wall hanging commemorating the coronavirus pandemic has been displayed in Welshpool.

The Covid-19 memorial artwork can be viewed at Y Lanfa Powysland Museum and Welshpool Library until Friday 29 July.

The piece will then be moved to the Newtown Library where it can be viewed throughout August.

The wall hanging features the reflections of seven friends, across fifteen 30cm by 30cm panels and documents their experiences of the pandemic during a period of isolation.

Agnes Evans, from Welshpool, developed the concept and said she was inspired by Clare Hunter’s book ‘Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle’.

She said: “The author highlights the need we all have to tell our story.

“She explains how men and women over the centuries and across continents have used sewing and embroidery to record often traumatic events, raise their voices, and initiate a process of healing after very difficult circumstances.

“Clare Hunter speaks for example of Mary Queen of Scots and her period of imprisonment, when she used sewing and embroidery as a means of communicating with the outside world.

“She mentions the Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the story of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and has become an object of political propaganda.

“She records the story of World War I soldiers who used sewing to help them cope with PTSD.”

“This wall hanging was created for a similar purpose: to record what our nation and the nations of the world have been through.

“Our goal has been to capture a piece of our history and keep track of it so we don’t forget how our world has changed.”

The wall hanging features a range of techniques including crochet, cross stitch, weaving and collage.

Cllr David Selby, Powys County Council Cabinet Member for a More Prosperous Powys, said: ‘Through the use of a simple needle and thread, this group of friends have built a work of eye-catching art that will help preserve a collection of shared experiences. and memories of a unique period in our history.