A Virus a Day

A Virus a Day Textile Art by Antje Rook

14 March to 12 June 2022

Art by Antje Rook

14 March to 12 June 2022

Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Community Space

Admission Free

Antje Rook created the A Virus a Day quilt created in response to Covid-19. The Portland artist embroidered one virus for every day of the first 2020 UK lockdown while she was isolating with her partner. Intrigued by the magnified images of the colourful virus everywhere she created them in different shapes and textures. The quilt gave her days structure throughout her isolation, giving her something to hold onto.

Antje also created textile art to reflect her life during the lockdown and her own personal challenges. Embroidered and appliqued images including Lockdown and Notes on a Pandemic express her sadness at not being able to hug her family, how she often felt trapped and her anger at people not following the rules to protect others.

After Antje lost a friend to Covid-19, she added names to her quilt to remember people who did not survive. This turned into a community fundraising project for the NHS with donations in return for a framed, quilted Virus. The remaining squares were made up into a quilt which Antje donated to Dorset Museum as part of our Covid-19 collecting campaign.

One of Antje’s deepest beliefs is that being creative and making beautiful things is important for the soul. She wants to make people happy and bring great comfort to many people through the quilt project. This exhibition also highlights some of the powerful and moving responses from people who donated to the project.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Victorian Hall will be hosting a private event on Friday 10th June 2022, all day and Saturday 11th June 2022, 12 noon to 5:00 pm, and therefore will be closed to visitors.

  • Opening hours:

    Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
    Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • Admissions:

    Annual Pass or Day Entry available

    Book now
  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

    View Map

Antje Rook
© 2020 – 2022 Antje Rook

‘When I decided to start sewing a Virus for every day in lockdown, it was more than anything out of despair, knowing that I would have to isolate for a very long time, due to my husband’s condition.

I hoped it would give me some structure for this time and something to hold on to. I’m very happy that this idea turned into something meaningful which influenced many people in a positive way.

The only day I didn’t make a Virus, was the day my friend Roger died, although his name is now on the quilt.’