Tickets: FREE
Coventry Cathedral Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5RN
Until Wed 30 Jun 2021
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Concrete Collar by Tom Illsley

Mon 17 May 2021 to Wed 30 Jun 2021
Coventry Cathedral
Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5RN Show on map
Duration: Available during Cathedral opening hours 10am-4pm Mon to Sat & 12:30pm-3pm Sun

Activities and events labelled as 'Taking Place In Cov 2021' have not been produced or commissioned by Coventry City of Culture Trust but are taking place during the City of Culture year.

Concrete Collar is an exhibition by Tom Illsley featuring photographs of the Coventry ring road. 

Made over a period of three years, the photographs exhibit a historically and culturally important part of Coventry's urban landscape, as it exists within a rapidly changing environment. The images reflect how the city is regenerating and growing within the constraints of its post-war footprint.  

Built for the growing demand of the motor vehicle following the Second World War, on the blank canvas of a flattened city centre, the primary aim of Coventry’s inner ring road was to relieve the centre of congestion and connect the city. The Coventry ring road is a 2.25 mile dual carriageway encircling Coventry City Centre. It was designed by Coventry City Council’s in-house City Engineers Department, under Donald Gibson, Coventry’s first appointed City Architect and Planning Officer. Officially the A4053, it took 14 years of construction and more than 25 years of planning before the road was completed in 1974.

Tom Illsley is a photographer from Coventry, UK. His practice involves explorations of landscape rooted in historical and geographical themes. Illsley graduated from the Photography BA degree course at Nottingham Trent University in 2015. He was the winner of the Genesis Imaging Bursary Award which supported the production of his inaugural solo exhibition ‘Meridian’ one year after graduation. He is now engaged in professional development and personal projects.

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Please note: All visitors will be required to book a free ‘Entry and Exhibition’ ticket to visit Coventry Cathedral and view this exhibition, please ensure you book your ticket for a date that is within the period of time this exhibition is on display.

The Cathedral is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and from 12.30 to 3pm on Sundays. For more details on the changes we've made, and visiting guidance, visit the Coventry Cathedral website, or check our social media.



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