The Show Windows - Oct - Reflections

Historic England and Coventry Business Improvement District, in partnership with Coventry City of Culture Trust (CCCT), are working together on a series of commissions, under the title of Reflections. The commissions will spotlight and celebrate the city’s post war heritage by bringing together creatives, communities and collections with installations in the city centre.

Coventry’s post-war heritage tells a story of hope, reconciliation and reinvention. Following the devastation of the Second World War, Coventry quickly established itself at the forefront of rebuilding, working with international architects and artists to rebuild and reshape the city with a new vision for a new world. Pioneering architecture and urban planning had a ripple effect that reached across the country and the continent and continues to define Coventry’s identity today.

The use of new materials and technology, and the dynamic forms of the new buildings, reflected an incredible spirit of post-war optimism as the city’s destruction was seen as an opportunity for reinvention. Embedded into post-war planning was a careful consideration of how the places we inhabit inform our lives. The inclusion of communal pedestrian spaces and striking public art encapsulated the hope felt amongst Coventry’s people as they looked to the future and what it could bring. 

A spirit of creativity, resilience and reconciliation is etched into the city’s streets. These artistic interventions will look afresh at how Coventry’s post-war heritage shapes our lives and reflect our hopes for the future.

What to expect:
- City centre shop window takeover by Edie Jo Murray
- Two artist commissions to record the memories, stories and impact of City Arcade
- City Arcade window exhibitions of artworks from the Government Art Collection curated by
members of Carrier of Hope in November 2021
- City Arcade window exhibitions from the British Museum's 20th Century art collection in January
2022
- City Arcade window exhibitions of objects from the Crafts Council Collection in March 2022
- Three socially engaged artists supporting the City Arcade window exhibitions

Show Windows on display currently:

Dreamscape by Edie Jo Murray

Gourmet Kitchen, Unit 2H Fargo Village, Far Gosford St, CV1 5ED

Severn Trent, 2 St Johns St, Coventry CV1 2LZ

West Orchards off Upper Precinct, CV1 1DX

 

Archived:

Government Art Collection, curated by Carriers of Hope, with Quiet Down There, as part of The Show Windows: Reflections with Historic England

At City Arcade,  CV1 3HW:

Red T-Shirt, Baseball Jacket, Car by Mahtab Hussain Displacement by Mohammed Sami

Hangers by Julian Trevelyan

Three Window Views by Christine Wilkinson 

A Letter to an Unknown Person No.3 by Rachel Lowe

at Theatre Absolute

 

Consoling Friends II by Eveyln Williams at Carriers of Hope

No.586 W Fold, No.587 W Fold, No.588 W Fold, No.589 W Fold by Rana Begum at InstaClique  

Still Life with Artificial Flowers by Hurvin Anderson at KBN Reptiles

Dreamscape by Edie Jo Murray, Cafe Italia, 9-11 Trinity St, Coventry CV1 1FJ

 

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Dreamscape by Edie Jo Murray

Coventry based artist, Edie Jo Murray, has re-imagined aspects of Coventry’s post-war architecture as a complex digital compilation called ‘Dreamscape’. This new artwork brings together architectural features from buildings in the city centre selected from conversations and personal associations, uncovering stories that inspired Edie’s 3-D digitally created images.

Edie collected and linked stories told by Coventrians, with one story teller suggesting the next as a series of 'community connections'. These stories then informed the buildings or parts of the city that Edie has brought together and virtually constructed , with parts old and new adjoining seamlessly, much like the city itself. 

Government Art Collection

Red T-Shirt, Baseball Jacket, Car by Mahtab Hussain Displacement by Mohammed Sami

Red T-Shirt, Baseball Jacket, Car by Mahtab Hussain Displacement by Mohammed Sami

Hangers by Julian Trevelyan

Hangers by Julian Trevelyan

No.586 W Fold, No.587 W Fold, No.588 W Fold, No.589 W Fold by Rana Begum

No.586 W Fold, No.587 W Fold, No.588 W Fold, No.589 W Fold by Rana Begum

Consoling Friends II by Eveyln Williams

Consoling Friends II by Eveyln Williams

The Show Windows

With Coventry Business Improvement District and the Royal Institute of British Architects

Following a year where we have mainly been gazing out of our windows, we are now inviting you to look in with this programme of ambitious window installations designed by local, UK based and international architects and artists.