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Coventry City Centre
Until Sun 1 May 2022

In Paint We Trust

Sat 15 May 2021 to Sun 1 May 2022
Coventry City Centre
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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:

The WATCH Centre, 12 Victoria St, Coventry CV1 5LZ
Coventry University’s Bishopsgate Student Accommodation, Tower St, Coventry CV1 1AJ

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Atmosphere by Nomad Clan

Manchester-based street art duo Nomad Clan discuss their new mural "Atmosphere" on New Union Street, commissioned as part of our In Paint We Trust programme.

Exploring ideas around time and space, the piece is inspired by Coventry's watchmaking heritage - particularly Samuel Watson, the city's first watch- and clock-maker, who created timepieces for the likes of Isaac Newton and King Charles II. He was also known for making astronomical clocks, including a piece for the King which took seven years to build. At the same time, the mural also references more contemporary concerns, such as climate change and digital technology.

Dreph paints Ira Aldridge at the Belgrade Theatre

During Coventry Welcomes week, Midlands-born artist Dreph (Neequaye Dreph Dsane) has been busy at the Belgrade Theatre, working on a mural of Ira Aldridge as part of our In Paint We Trust street art programme.

Aldridge was an acclaimed actor who in 1828, made history in Coventry, becoming Britain’s first Black theatre manager. Born in New York City, he left America to forge his acting career at a time when slavery was still legal in the US and across the British Empire. When he was made manager of the Coventry Theatre, he was not yet 21.

His passionate speeches inspired local people in Coventry to petition parliament for the abolition of slavery, and a blue plaque was recently installed in the city centre to honour his achievements.

The mural is inspired by an original portrait painting of Ira Aldridge as Othello, painted by Henry Perronet Briggs in 1830, which is now part of the National Portrait Gallery collection.

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David Speed

Dan Kitchener

image: Aaron Law

image: Aaron Law

Caribbean Centre

About the Producers and Partners


Coventry Artists and Event Producers

  • Melissa Smith - doodler, live scribe, community organiser and HUGE advocate for the benefits that getting creative brings to your mind, body and soul 
  • Michael Batchelor aka Dynamick - Painter, Street artist, fine artist and project coordinator
  • Andy Clare aka Spraystation - Artist & muralist specialising in spray paint art workshops & community projects 
  • Jay Holder - DJ, music producer and lifelong fan of urban culture

Follow Street Art Strategy on Instagram to see their latest work.


IMAGE: Street Art Strategy Logo

IMAGE: Street Art Strategy Logo


Coventry Business Improvement District (BID) is a partnership between the businesses located within the ring road of Coventry city centre. The aim of the BID is to promote, develop and boost the city centre to make it a great place to work and visit.

Coventry BID are delivery partners on the In Paint We Trust project and are working closely with the Street Art Strategy team who will be commissioning local, national and international street artists to bring their work to Coventry City Centre.

They have been integral in their support in the delivery of this project, working with Producers from Coventry City of Culture Trust and Street Art Strategy to source locations for the project, manage relationships with site owners and promote the project within the city centre and beyond.

Their involvement has enhanced the range of unique and unexpexted sites in which the artwork is being displayed, encouraging audiences to explore the city in different ways with the introduction of fantastic designs across Coventry City Centre.


IMAGE: Coventry BID Logo

IMAGE: Coventry BID Logo

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