Art in the City
Coventry is constantly evolving, making positive and exciting changes to the city whilst continuing to showcase the inspiring history of the city. The people of Coventry are no exception when it comes to highlighting the culture, talent and community spirit surrounding the area, whether it’s through musicians, sports people or artists.
Earlier in the year, the Council called out for artists who were interested in working to help create art pieces that would be stitched onto the city centre ahead of the opening of the City of Culture 2021 and to create a legacy for local people. The city chose spectacularly talented artists to create displays to inject colour and vibrancy to reflect the city and its people; The artwork will be displayed in and around the City, here’s where:
Artist Morag Myerscough is working with Coventry City Council in order to breathe vitality into Hertford Street. The transformation of Hertford Street will see bold expressions of colour and planting in a vibrant and exciting colour choices to bring new life to the existing architecture.
The space has been cleaned and the painting is in progress. Morag’s work will transform the space by creating an engaging experience for all throughout the popular shopping area.
Artwork has recently been completed on a new street art mural inspired by Coventry-based Victorian cycle innovator James Starley at the city’s bus station.
Poet and street artist Angry Dan put forward a design incorporating bright colours and an Ariel bicycle as a tribute to Coventry’s James Starley – widely considered to be the father of the bicycle industry. The Pool Meadow mural will also contain a limerick, written by the artist: ‘His vision of life on two wheels, The people, alike, Can all ride a bike, And soon we’ll be head over heels’.
Matt Chu, a professional artist and illustrator, who lives in Binley Woods, responded with an idea for a piece, entitled “At One with Cofa’s Tree”, which brings together elements of Coventry’s past, present and future. The walls of the Cathedral Lanes development facing on to Pepper Lane have been painted in various pastel colours to tie-in with the coming artwork.
The work began at the end of March and when completed will be complimented with an installation of living walls with plants and greenery is also set to be installed to separate the sequence of colours chosen by Matt in order of colour temperature from warm to cold.
In Paint We Trust
From May 2021, In Paint We Trust, a city-wide street art festival will see local, national and internationally renowned street artists given access to unique and unexpected spaces encouraging audiences to explore Coventry through new artworks appearing in unique spaces across the city centre.
A crossover with the Youthful Cities programme will offer an international exchange of ideas and work with Bogota, Columbia which will be led by local artist Jay Mckeown, Leicester’s Graffwerks and Columbia’s Vertigo Graffiti. Artists will be given opportunities to animate along pathways and walls giving audiences a chance to explore, so if you’re in the city, keep your eyes peeled for stunning pieces of art featured in and around the city.