Detail of Blair Brennan’s “Paper Lungs” (2020). © Blair Brennan


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of Canadian society. First and foremost, it has resulted in the tragic loss of life for thousands of Canadians, leaving family, friends and communities to grieve their passing, as well as significantly affected the health of thousands more. Beyond this, it has had an enormous impact on Canada’s economy, political institutions, social programs, education at all levels, as well as the arts and cultural sector, to note just some of the wide-ranging effects of this pandemic.

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This virtual exhibition was conceived by members of the RSC Task Force on COVID-19 Working Group on Artistic Responses to COVID-19 as a way to help Canada respond to the myriad challenges that have arisen as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Task Force on COVID-19 was established to equip Canadians with accurate information about our response and recovery.

Detail of Zainub Verjee's "Redacted Artist Labour" (2020). © Zainub Verjee

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Blair Brennan

This series comes out of a daily drawing practice in which the artist responded to the ongoing news from the pandemic.

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Becky Thera

This work explores themes of empathy, intimacy, and feminist politics, situating the artist's practice between poetry and activism.

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