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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. Funded by Arts Council England.

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.

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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.

Co-produced in partnership with Coventry City of Culture Trust, Coventry Business Improvement District and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Funded by Arts Council England

Image: The Show Windows illustration by Adam Nathaniel Furman.

 

 

Windows on display

The Show Windows on display currently:

Emancipate Yuhself by Karen McLean,
163 New Union St, Coventry CV1 2PL

Women at Rest by Kemi Onabule, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Jordan Wl, Coventry CV1 5QP

Deeds not Words by Katrina Russell Adams,
50-52 Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1DX

Cov as Oz by Ben Javens, Apps Living 28-34 Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1GF,

BBC CWR Priory Place, Hales St, Coventry CV1 5SA, and

Esquires Coffee Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry CV1 1JD

ONE Creative, produced by RIBA West Midlands, The Botanist, Unit 4, Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre, Broadgate, Coventry CV1 1LL

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, and

West Orchards off Upper Precinct, CV1 1DX

in friendly chat with birds or beasts by Vishwa Shroff, Apps Living 28-34 Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1GF

COSMIC FUTURE by Evans Mbugua, Nationwide, 62-64 Broadgate, Coventry CV1 1NF

Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Coventry CV1 1JD

Contours of Coventry by Intervention Architecture for RIBA, Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1QL

Five AR experiences by Emma Critchley, Vishwa Shroff, Tarla Patel, Yermine Richardson and Sameer Kulavoor

Theo Wright, Indira Lakshmi, Tarla Patel, Tom Godwin and Polly Merredew, the former Ikea builiding, Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3JB

Carrying Hope by Erin Aniker, Severn Trent, 2 St Johns St, Coventry CV1 2LZ

Boundless Hope by Ella and Abby Clarke, corner of The Burges and Ironmonger Row, Coventry CV1 1HF

RIBA Schools Window: Happiness by Mila Karia, Earlsdon Primary, Archer Bassett, 67 Hertford St, Coventry CV1 1LB

RIBA Schools Window: The Butterfly of Hope by Stella Whelan, Coundon Court, Cafe Morso, 16a The Cooperative, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GF

RIBA Schools Window: The Phoenix of Light by Franco Poretta, Holy Family School, HSBC, 5-6 High St, Coventry CV1 5RE

Believe what you seed by Ashton Attzs, The Yard, 11-12 Bull Yard, Coventry CV1 1LH

The Show Windows: Reflections: Caroline Broadhead, Susie Freeman, Adi Toch & Nicola Tree, Freddie Robins, Claire Curneen, Simone Brewster, Tomoko Azumi and Ann Sutton with Crafts Council and Francesca Robson, City Arcade, CV1 3HW

You can follow our suggested trail or go on a The Show Windows hunt and see how many windows you can find. When you are in front of the windows, Lily, a young artist from Coventry, has suggested questions for you to ask yourself or your fellow explorers while you’re gazing at the artworks.

MAP

 

The Show Windows Archived:

Emergence by Sameer Kulavoor, Millington's Travel, 2 Market Way, Coventry CV1 1DL

Cov as Oz by Ben Javens at Coventry Building Society

Cov as Oz by Ben Javens at Transport Museum

Infinity Doors by MAMIMU (June Mineyama-Smithson) at New Look

Gensler, produced by RIBA West Midlands, at UK City of Culture Shop

Coventry Phoenix Priding by Adam Nathaniel Furman at 11-12 Bull Yard, Coventry CV1 1LH

Spotlights featuring Sadie Aspinall, Gary Eite, Michala Gyetvai, Tammy Woodrow at Debenhams, Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1QX

Creative Spark by Matt Chinn at Primark, 6 Cross Cheaping, Coventry CV1 1HG

Friendly Forest by Sharon Walters, Belgrade Theatre, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS

Jacks Frogs - Dancing Frogs by Jack Foulkes, Ikea, Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3JB

Government Art Collection, curated by Carriers of Hope, with Quiet Down There, as part of The Show Windows: Reflections with Historic England, City Arcade, CV1 3HW

Dream Hawaii by Hyunjeong Lim, Primark, 6 Cross Cheaping, Coventry CV1 1HG

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

We come in Peace by Yermine Richardson, New Look, 91-101 Lower Precinct, Coventry CV1 1DE

Surround In by Liz West, Kong, 18-20 The Burges, CV1 1HL

Lighthouse by NEON, Cat Ballou, 1-3 The Burges, CV1 1HN

Geoffrey Clarke, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Käthe Kollwitz, George Shaw, City Arcade, CV1 3HW

The Show Windows - Mar 2022

For March 2022, we have three commissioned artists for The Show Windows with the theme of Amazing Women.

Emancipate Yuhself  by Karen McLean
Women at Rest by Kemi Onabule
Deeds not Words by Katrina Russell Adams

The Show Windows - Mar 2022 - Reflections

Coffee Tots, a cafe based in City Arcade and run by the charity Three Spires Family, has curated objects from the Crafts Council collection for display in Coventry city centre as part of The Show Windows: Reflections.

The Show Windows: Reflections: Caroline Broadhead, Susie Freeman, Adi Toch & Nicola Tree, Freddie Robins, Claire Curneen, Simone Brewster, Tomoko Azumi and Ann Sutton with Crafts Council and Francesca Robson, City Arcade, CV1 3HW

1 March – 1 April

The Show Windows - Feb 2022 - Hope

For February 2022, we have five windows with the theme of Hope and Light.

Three of them are created by students across Coventry and Warwickshire aged eight to eleven. They were invited to take part in the RIBA’s School The Show Windows Competition for Key Stage 2, funded by Ibstock. All students were asked to design a window display which showed how they thought Coventry was ‘The City of Light’. Students could use the physical or symbolic meaning of light, but their design must link to or portray Coventry in some way.

 

Show Windows on display currently:

Carrying Hope by Erin Aniker, Severn Trent, 2 St Johns St, Coventry CV1 2LZ

Boundless Hope by Ella and Abby Clarke, corner of The Burges and Ironmonger Row, Coventry CV1 1HF

RIBA Schools Window: Happiness by Mila Karia, Earlsdon Primary, Archer Bassett, 67 Hertford St, Coventry CV1 1LB

RIBA Schools Window: The Butterfly of Hope by Stella Whelan, Coundon Court, Cafe Morso, 16a The Cooperative, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GF

RIBA Schools Window: The Phoenix of Light by Franco Poretta, Holy Family School, HSBC, 5-6 High St, Coventry CV1 5RE

Believe what you seed by Ashton Attzs, The Yard, 11-12 Bull Yard, Coventry CV1 1LH

The Show Windows - Jan 2022 - Spotlight

This window installation is a celebration of Coventry’s creativity. For January 2022, The Show Windows spotlights five local artists who produce dynamic, emotional artworks that are creating a visual language that profiles Covenrty’s dynamism. Each artist invites us to think about texture, colour, the layers of Coventry’s history, and hope of its future.

The Show Windows on display currently:

Theo Wright, Indira Lakshmi, Tarla Patel, Tom Godwin and Polly Merredew, the former Ikea builiding, Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3JB

The Show Windows - Jan 2022 - Reflections

For January The Show Windows: Reflections is a presenting series of artwork replicas from the British Museum that are being displayed along with City Arcade shop windows. Curated by local charity, Positive Choices, this exhibition brings contemporary artworks into this post-war shopping arcade, asking visitors to stop and reflect on Coventry today.

The Show Windows Archived:

Geoffrey Clarke, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Käthe Kollwitz, George Shaw, City Arcade, CV1 3HW

The Show Windows - Dec - Light

For December 2021, we have three commissioned artists for The Show Windows with the theme of Light.

The Show Windows on display currently:

Contours of Coventry by Intervention Architecture for RIBA, Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1QL

Archived:

Surround Inby Liz West, Kong, 18-20 The Burges, CV1 1HL

Lighthouse by NEON, Cat Ballou, 1-3 The Burges, CV1 1HN

The Show Windows - Nov - Coventry in the World

For November 2021, we have five commissioned artists for The Show Windows with the theme of Coventry in the World.

The Show Windows on display currently:

Emergence by Sameer Kulavoor, Millington's Travel, 2 Market Way, Coventry CV1 1DL

in friendly chat with birds or beasts by Vishwa Shroff, Apps Living 28-34 Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1GF

COSMIC FUTURE by Evans Mbugua, Nationwide, 62-64 Broadgate, Coventry CV1 1NF & Transport Museum, Millennium Place, Coventry CV1 1JD

Archived:

Dream Hawaii by Hyunjeong Lim, Primark, 6 Cross Cheaping, Coventry CV1 1HG

We come in Peace by Yermine Richardson, New Look, 91-101 Lower Precinct, Coventry CV1 1DE

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.

Show Windows on display currently:

Dreamscape by Edie Jo Murray

Cafe Italia, 9-11 Trinity St, Coventry CV1 1FJ

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, City Arcade, CV1 3HW

The Show Windows - Sep - peace, pause and play

For September 2021, we have three commissioned artists for The Show Windows with the theme of peace, pause and play.

Show Windows on display currently:

ONE Creative, produced by RIBA West Midlands, The Botanist, Unit 4, Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre, Broadgate, Coventry CV1 1LL

Archived:

The Friendly Forest by Sharon Walters, Belgrade Theatre, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS

Jacks Frogs by Jack Foulkes, Ikea, Croft Road, Coventry CV1 3JB

The Show Windows - Aug - Freedom

For August 2021, we have five commissioned artists for The Show Windows with the theme of Freedom.

Achieved:

Spotlights featuring Sadie Aspinall, Gary Eite, Michala Gyetvai, Tammy Woodrow at Debenhams, Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1QX

Creative Spark by Matt Chinn at Primark, 6 Cross Cheaping, Coventry CV1 1HG

The Show Windows - Jul - Harmony

For July 2021, we have three commissioned artists for The Show Windows with the theme of Harmony.

Archived:

Infinity Doors by MAMIMU (June Mineyama-Smithson) at New Look

Gensler, produced by RIBA West Midlands, at UK City of Culture Shop 

Coventry Phoenix Priding by Adam Nathaniel Furman at 11-12 Bull Yard, Coventry CV1 1LH

The Show Windows - May - Launch Project

In May 2021,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.

The Show Windows on display currently:

Cov as Oz by Ben Javens, Apps Living 28-34 Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1GF,
BBC CWR Priory Place, Hales St, Coventry CV1 5SA, and
Esquires Coffee Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry CV1 1JD

Archived:

Cov as Oz by Ben Javens at Coventry Building Society 

Cov as Oz by Ben Javens at Transport Museum

 

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