The Show Windows

The Show Windows

From June 2021

Locations across the city

Produced by Coventry UK City of Culture in Partnership with Coventry Business Improvement District, curator Charlie Levine, and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The Show Windows

Following a year where we have mainly been gazing out of our windows, we are now inviting you to look in. 

The Show Windows is inspired by Wizard of Oz author, L. Frank Baum’s book about shop window design and follows on from the success of RIBA’s Regent Street Windows project in 2018. His term, ’show windows’ has inspired the project and the brief to architects and artists, to create immersive pieces that invite audiences to journey to other places, and to celebrate the locations and people that will help us display the artworks. 

Working with Coventry BID, RIBA, curator Charlie Levine, and our local city centre shops and businesses we have created a programme of ambitious window installations designed by local, UK based and international architects and artists. This project aids city centre recovery and helps us all embrace positive change post Covid-19 lockdown. 

These portals will inspire and excite all audiences, including the shop owners themselves, with local engagement being at the core. 

We are excited to be working with other partners to realise our Coventry city centre, national and international shop window takeover, including SqW:Lab and Tarq in Mumbai, Quiet Down There, Crafts Council and more to be announced soon.

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Image: Vishwa Shroff, 'Voyeur Series', 2020

Image: Vishwa Shroff, 'Voyeur Series', 2020