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In Paint We Trust
Produced by Street Art Strategy with support from Coventry Business Improvement District & Coventry City of Culture Trust.
About the Project
From May 2021, In Paint We Trust will see new artworks appearing in unique spaces across the city centre and neighbourhoods across Coventry and Warwickshire. Artists will be given opportunities to animate along pathways and walls giving audiences a chance to explore.
Produced by Street Art Strategy a team of Coventry Artists and Event Producers. Michael Batchelor, Melissa Smith, Jay Holder and Andrew Clare (Spray Station).
In Paint We Trust is not just about decorative works, it also features opportunities to tell the stories that are important to the city through art in our everyday spaces. To spark conversation and allow for communities to get creative with workshop days.
In Paint We Trust will also offer opportunities for young people, local artists and facilitators to be part of the experience with managed legal walls, workshops and opportunities to paint in the programme.
A crossover with the Youthful Cities programme will offer an international exchange of ideas and work with Bogota, Columbia which will be led by Coventry artist Jay Mckeown, Leicester’s Graffwerks and Columbia’s Vertigo Graffiti.
The first commission is being delivered with a West Midlands Police Neighbourhood Team in Hillfields. The local Police Community Support officers recently ran a competition in conjunction with primary schools in the area to design artwork that was based on tackling the topics of bullying, internet safety, road safety and knife crime. The winning artwork is being recreated by the street art specialists in conjunction with The Watch Charity and Community Centre.
You can see the first In Paint We Trust artworks at:
Hope by David Speed, Tower Street, CV1 1AJ
Ira Aldridge by Dreph, Belgrade Theatre, CV1 1GS
Roots, Esquires Coffee, Coventry Transport Museum, Millennium Place, CV1 1JD
Atmosphere by Nomad Clan, NUS car park, New Union Street, CV1 2HN
Electric Futures by Dan Kitchener, Car Park next to study inn, Well Street, CV1 4AG
Community Love by Carleen Desozer, Coventry Caribbean Centre, 159 Spon Street, CV1 3BB
Innovation by Crom, Void and Epic, Queen Victoria Road hoardings, CV1 3JH
Sophie Mess, Priory Hall, Priory Street, CV1 5FD
N4T4, The Watch Centre, 12 Victoria St, Hillfields, CV1 5LZ
Katie O, Coventry Peace Orchard, Coundon Hall Park, Tamworth Road, Keresley End, CV7 8NJ
Diversity - "threads of hope and empathy, choke the throat of prejudice. Age old web of injustice. Dissected. Unpicked, Reworked. Into a tapestry of humanity" by Alan Van Wijgerden & Kirsty Brewerton, Friargate Hoardings, next to Station Square, CV1 2FL
Young Artists in Coventry and Bogota from Youthful Cities Programme, FarGo Village, CV1 5ED
Psychedelic Eye by Daub, Friargate Hoardings, next to Station Square, Coventry CV1 2FL
Be Kind by Creative Kindness, The Hub opposite Coventry Cathedral, Coventry University, CV1 5FB