Create an artwork square for the Coronaquilt from Art Refuge

  • South West
  • crafts, combined arts, interdisciplinary arts, photography, visual arts
  • Anna Castleton Simmons


Responding to community-level displacement during the coronavirus pandemic, charity Art Refuge has launched Coronaquilt, a world-wide collaborative quilting project which has seen 400 contributions from 22 countries and counting, with participation from refugees in Calais, feminist protestors in Mexico,  protestors outraged by the murder of George Floyd, Britons supporting the NHS, and beyond. 

Art Refuge uses art and art therapy to support the mental health and well-being of people displaced due to conflict, persecution and poverty, both in the UK and internationally. Their Coronaquilt project invites people everywhere to create their own square of quilt in any medium to contribute to the project. Their intention is to offer art as a thread to connect people around the planet, and offer hope and ways of coping through the trauma of the coronavirus. Their perspective, honed through 14 years of practice working with people in crisis, is that “finding ways of coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and the community around you stronger”.

Creatives around the world are invited to take part by sending their creations via direct message via Instagram @coronaquilt or via email to

You can also take part by physically making (or printing your images onto) 21x21cm fabric or paper squares.  Once the pandemic is over, these squares can be stitched or taped together within local communities. The resulting community quilt can then be gifted to a local school, place of worship or community of friends.

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