The Domestic Academic Quilt: Finding time to write and care in the Covid Pandemic

A patchwork quilt made up of 24 different square panels sewn together. The top left panel has the words 'The Domestic Academics. Lockdown 20-21' embroidered on it. Each panel is of different colours and designs including abstract designs, the words 'I have nothing left' and representations of people or self.

Booking information

No booking required

Contact information

LU Arts
01509 222948
Exhibition, Installation

A large quilt installation with accompanying audio reflecting on women academics' experiences during the Covid pandemic.

This exhibition presents a huge 3-metre-wide quilt, accompanied by a digital version with audio stories and reflections. It was created by twenty-three women academics with caring responsibilities to reflect their experience of working as an academic during the COVID-19 lockdowns from March 2020 to the Spring of 2021.

The women responded to a call to by University of Brighton Principal Lecturer Vanessa Marr, to collaborate through a series of online workshops. Each contributor stitched a personal panel and recorded an audio reflection, finding strength and solidarity in the sharing of their stories through stitch and conversation.

Private view: Friday 16 September, 5.30-7.30pm (all welcome, no need to book).

Please note that the exhibition will be closed on Monday 19 September to mark the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 


There is step-free access into the exhibition space via a ramp and side door. During opening hours, there will be an invigilator on duty in the gallery. If you require their assistance, then please alert them on arrival by calling to them or waving at them – the entrance of the gallery is fully glazed and the main entrance door should be open.

If you have any specific access requirements then please contact in advance of your visit and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Image credit: Vanessa Marr, Principal lecturer at University of Brighton (Project investigator