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Contemporary art is changing in the Covid-19 era

Art may well be the product of its age. In a world locked down by coronavirus, including our museums, galleries and public exhibitions, artists remain inspired and creative.

Accumulating at an unprecedented rate, contemporary art of various forms has adapted to and been inspired by the coronavirus pandemic.

Streets across countries are increasingly designed with expressive murals, paintings and graffiti. Whether they are depicting soldiers armed with disinfectant, or a kind reminder to wash your hands, creatives have found a common coping strategy for dealing with Covid-19.

LA street art by Hijack Art. Image credit: The Guardian.

Focusing on the UK, a particularly joyous outcome of the contemporary art scene is the copious support and gratitude that artists across the UK are sending to the NHS.

With social tensions running high, artists are helping represent the feelings and voices of an entire nation in a positive way. The emergence of compassionate coronavirus art is taking over public spaces at a time where many of us are vulnerable, isolated and alone.

Street art in Hackney. Image credit: The Guardian.

The accumulation of Covid-19 signs and street paintings are just another way of reminding each other that we are stronger together than we are alone.

The Covid-19 pandemic has also been a way for artists across the UK to produce art that represents their identities. In Manchester, street art is emerging where Northern colloquialisms and imagery are helping the city keep its head up and hopeful.

Street art in Manchester. Image credit: The Guardian.

In a time where coronavirus has instilled fear and anxiety in thousands of people, street art is helping us keep aware and vigilant of the situation but in a uniquely heartfelt and warm way.


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