Tickets: FREE
Until Sun 1 May 2022

The Show Windows

Sat 15 May 2021 to Sun 1 May 2022

Locations across the city

The Show Windows is co-produced in partnership with Coventry City of Culture Trust, Coventry Business Improvement District 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. 

Once upon a window…

As part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, artists, designers, architects and makers are transforming Coventry city centre, turning shop windows into portals to fantasy worlds and mindscapes.

These site-specific artworks, framed behind the window glazing, by local and international artists will act as picture book pages and mirrors in which to see new narratives and reflections of ourselves and the city. 

As we re-join public spaces after a year being at home, The Show Windows aims to inspire hope, adventure and imagination, inviting us to rediscover multi-faceted Coventry, ever-evolving and home to diverse and creative communities and businesses, and its people.

To launch the programme, The Show Windows curator, Charlie Levine, has commissioned West Midlands based illustrator, Ben Javens, to re-imagine the Coventry skyline as the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz books.

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. Baum’s 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.

Discover Ben’s illustrations of 'Cov as Oz' displayed around Coventry city centre and in previous UK City of Cultures - Liverpool and Hull from mid May 2021. You can scan the artwork with the Smartify app and step into The Show Windows portal to find out more.

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You can see 'Cov as Oz' at these four locations in Coventry -

Apps Living 28-34 Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1GF
BBC CWR Priory Place, Hales St, Coventry CV1 5SA
Coventry Building Society 19-20 High St, Coventry CV1 5QN
Transport Museum and Esquires Coffee Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry CV1 1JD

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 and Crafts Council.

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Image: The Show Windows illustration by Ben Javens.



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