The Covid Letters: A Vital Update

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
24 Oct 2020 — 13 Jun 2021
  • Exhibitions & Displays

Jonny Banger, designer and owner of subversive fashion label Sports Banger, showed the work he gathered from the nation’s children during lockdown.

As the country went into lockdown, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, wrote a letter intended for every household in the UK, urging residents to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. In response, Banger invited young people, under the age of 16, to customise the letter, as a way of articulating their feelings – including about the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, and the NHS. Entries were received from across the UK, from toddlers to teenagers, which ranged from a simple scribble and calls to support the NHS with more PPE, to anti-government graffiti. Using pens, pencils, paint and collage, children took the opportunity to make their voices heard.

This exhibition was a unique opportunity to view over 200 works from The Covid Letters, displayed in the Museum’s exhibition gallery and interspersed throughout the historic collections. Shown in the context of the Foundling Museum, the exhibition brought to life the museum’s 300-year-old story of creative campaigning and social justice.

Visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity to support the Christmas food bank run by Sports Banger & Friends and the museum’s pioneering work with disadvantaged young people, through the purchase of Sports Banger merchandise (images below) and an edition.

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The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Recovery Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

  • Sports Banger’s ‘Covid Letters’ show is a hoot

    Time Out London
  • …a creative response to the pandemic quite unlike anything else we’ve seen so far.

    Evening Standard
  • The Covid Letters are best art to come out of lockdown, I am very jealous. They are funny, naughty and angry in equal measure.

    Jeremy Deller
  • it is fabulous

    PM, Radio 4
  • Ultimately these letters have captured a moment in history that will no doubt see their way into future books on the history of the Covid crisis

    Camden New Journal
  • Drawing on how The Covid Letters went from inception to creation; you can watch our film to see the trials and tribulations of opening an exhibition during a pandemic.