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1 Foleshill Screenings

Foleshill Screenings

Foleshill Screenings will bring together researchers, filmmakers, and archivists to explore the role of community co-produced film and archive television in supporting sometimes vulnerable or ‘hard to reach’ communities. It recognizes that community-centred cultural engagement (involving and engaging with members of a community) plays a key role in creating and sustaining connections that support individual and social wellbeing and builds community resilience. Quality engagement will also be key to the successful relaunch of Foleshill Community Centre (FCC) and the launch of its Social Supermarket (SSM), and engagement with moving image culture is one pathway towards this. It also extends the outreach work of the Media Archive of Central England into Foleshill and the surrounding area.

Kat Pearson (CDA PhD Candidate, Film and Television Studies, Warwick) and Dr Lopamudra Patnaik Saxena (Research Fellow, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry)

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History, heritage and culture, 2020 Project

1 Hear Our Stories: Understanding how ‘strength’ and ‘resourcefulness’ shape African- Caribbean Women’s experiences of ageing, health and wellbeing in Coventry

Hear Our Stories: Understanding how ‘strength’ and ‘resourcefulness’ shape African-Caribbean Women’s experiences of ageing, health and wellbeing in Coventry

Since the post-war period, Coventry has had an established African-Caribbean community, which is also part of a rapidly ageing society. Overwhelmingly, how we understand these communities’ experiences of ageing is dominated by a focus on making mainstream services more responsive to their needs. There is limited understanding about how older African-Caribbean women cope with ageing. Through a series of workshops with a group of African-Caribbean female elders, the project will draw on participants’ life stories to explore the interplay of ‘strength’ and ‘resourcefulness’ and how it shapes their experiences of ageing, health and wellbeing in Coventry.

Dr. Ravi Thiara (Department of Sociology, Warwick) and Dr. Geraldine Brown (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry)

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2020 Project, Culture, Health and Wellbeing

1 Journey > Arrival

Journey > Arrival

This project will use new immersive technologies to develop new ways of communicating and interpreting the stories of refugees in Coventry. In partnership with Ludic Rooms, participants will be invited to co-create immersive story responses to the theme of journeys and arrivals and reflect on the challenges they face as part of their integration process after arrival in the UK. These immersive stories will provide a powerful tool in social action campaigns involving host and refugee communities.

Dr Vicki Squire, (Professor of International Politics, Warwick) and Dr Danai Mikelli, (Lecturer in Media Production, Coventry)

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Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Culture, Rights and Community, 2020 Project

1 Meet and Eat: Food for Wellbeing

Dr Nese TosunMeet and Eat: Food for Wellbeing

This project brings together researchers, artists and organisations, as well as members of the public, to explore food making as a social and embodied activity for wellbeing. The primary focus of this project is on hosting a creative food-based event that explores the senses, actions of cooking and eating, community sharing and conversation. The project aims to invite people to consider how food-making ignites wellbeing; and to work together in developing ideas for an events series on food, creativity and wellbeing in the city.

Dr. Nese Tosun, Teaching Fellow at Institute for Advanced Teaching (Warwick) and Learning and Impact Officer for AHRC Sensing the City project in Coventry city, Dr. Elaine O’Sullivan, Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Centre for Dance Research (Coventry), Dr. Emma Meehan, Assistant Professor at Centre for Dance Research and Co-Investigator for Sensing the City project (Coventry).

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2020 Project, Culture, Health and Wellbeing

1 Reclaiming “Snake Park”: collaborative transformation of urban green space

“Snake Park”: collaborative transformation of urban green space

Reclaiming “Snake Park” is a collaborative effort between local communities and researchers in order to develop a participatory design proposal and carry out a physical transformation of a green space next to the Coventry Canal. Despite being one of the few green areas in Foleshill, “Snake Park” is underutilised by local inhabitants because of its neglected condition and lack of safety. In this project, researchers will make their technical expertise available for the diverse local community to design and materialise a transformation of the area and foster a collaborative culture of care for the urban environment. Storytelling will also play a key role in the unfolding of the participatory process and creating bonds among participants that will be reflected in the creation of a collective memory archive.

Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins (Department of Sociology, Warwick), Dr Sergio Ruiz Cayuela (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry), Tulika Gadakari (Faculty Research Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry)

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2020 Project, Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability

1 Towards a food-resilient Coventry: making connections for a caring and collaborative city

Towards a food-resilient Coventry: making connections for a caring and collaborative

city

This project creates an opportunity for learning, for members of an urban community (Foleshill) with students (Warwick University) and a local peri-urban community farm (Five Acre, Ryton Gardens). Community participants and students will be invited to share and develop culturally diverse and specific food preparation skills, on a site of local, organic fresh produce cultivation; culminating in a collectively prepared, seasonal meal that will be eaten together. Connecting a group of people who are experiencing food insecurity from the urban suburb of Foleshill, with locally based students and to a site of food growing is intended to both give access to green space and build a sense of community with the broader academic and student community in the city-region. This will result in learning around health, nutrition and environmental sustainability; all of which are integral parts of the City of Culture ethos and creation of a food resilient city. The project will be documented through a reflective short film through which participants will articulate the impacts of involvement in terms of their well-being, sense of community and changes to their knowledge and skills in terms of cooking.

Dr. Alastair Smith (Senior Teaching Fellow, Warwick), Dr. Leon Sealey-Huggins (Senior Teaching Fellow, Warwick), Dr. Luke Owen (Assistant Professor, Coventry), Dr. Lopa Saxena (Research Fellow, Coventry), Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR)

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Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Culture, Health and Wellbeing, 2020 Project

1 Urban Village: The Roma’s Allotment Project

Urban Village: The Roma’s Allotment Project

Urban Villages aims to bring together Roma and non-Roma to co-create a short film, images and a digital scrapbook exhibition that focuses on the experiences, identity and voices of the Roma people told by the Roma people. The film will then be shared with relevant stakeholders and the wider community to foster closer links and challenge stereotypes.

Dr. Heidi Ashton (Warwick), Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies (CCMPS) and Rosemary (Rosa) Kostic Cisneros (Coventry), ( FAH Centre for Dance Research)

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Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, 2020 Project

1 World Wide Window

World Wide Window

This project explores the theme of the “city as networked screen and interface” and will attempt to explore how site specific networked projection can be used to connect communities. It utilises the current technological capacity to reconfigure understandings and experiences of time, space/place, and sociality through projected live portals.

Dr Richard Wallace (Film and Television Studies, Warwick), Dr Adrian Palka (SMPA, Coventry) and Dr Glenn Noble (SMPA, Coventry)

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2020 Project, Art, History, heritage and culture

2 Coventry 2021: City of Breast Feeding

Coventry 2021: City of Breast Feeding

The UK has one of the lowest rates of BF in the world. The stigma and social pressures experienced by some women, not only from the public, but from families and social networks, can affect some women’s decision not to BF, not to exclusively BF for six months, or leave them on the peripheries, if they feel they have to hid away when BF. This project will provide a unique opportunity to highlight a very important aspect of everyday life that is sometimes hidden. We will interview women, to explore the stigma surrounding BF and understand the support available and the barriers faced by BF women in Coventry. We will create a series of videos, of women BF their babies and talking about issues around BF. The voices and images of Coventry women BF will be seen and heard in the lead up to and during Coventry City of Culture 2021. By this process we will sensitise the Coventry community and visitors to Coventry, to the needs of BF women by reducing stigma and embarrassment.

To find out more, contact Dr Joanne Fisher (Warwick Medical School)

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2020 Project, Culture, Health and Wellbeing

2 Making Alien-land Home-land: A Visual documentation of Chinese communities in Coventry

Making Alien-land Home-land: A Visual documentation of Chinese communities in Coventry

This project investigates the lives and sense of belonging of ordinary people from the Chinese communities in Coventry. It brings the hidden stories of their home-buildings as part of an ethnic minority in the UK to the general public to facilitate understanding of lives in a culturally diverse city. Working with multiple local organisations, it will bring together community members, volunteers, as well as artists to present a visual exhibition by using food as a shared cultural artefact. It invites deeper reflections on those often hidden and invisible connections of people and places, as well as the constant shifting but comforting meanings of home.

To find out more, contact Dr. Kailing Xie (politics and International Studies)

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2020 Project, Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Culture, Rights and Community, History, heritage and culture

2 Queer and Coloured: Immigrant LGBT Communities of Colour and the City of Coventry

Queer and Coloured: Immigrant LGBT Communities of Colour and the City of Coventry

How do queer people of colour relate to the city of Coventry? This project is an attempt to recuperate the history, politics and practices of a community that has existed as a subculture within a diverse and multicultural Coventry from the 1970s. Through multi-sited archival and oral interviews, this project aims to reconstruct how the queer community of colour have experienced Coventry even as they sought refuge, often in the face of intense homophobia, Islamophobia, and racism.

To find out more, contact Somak Biswas (Department of History)

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Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Culture, Rights and Community, History, heritage and culture, 2020 Project

2 Seeing through other eyes

Seeing through other eyes: Coventry and the twinned town and cities movement

Coventry has been a leader in twinning since the second world war. Today we are twinned with 26 cities though the level of exchange activity with each of these cities varies. This project explores Coventry's history of twinning and asks: What has driven this movement in Coventry? What kind of exchanges are now going on? What is the value of exchanges between schools?

The project celebrates Coventry's history of twinning and encourages further activity, in particular by supporting online and face to face links between schools here and abroad.

To find out more, contact Dr Michael Hammond (Centre for Education Studies)

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2020 Project

2 Weaving new stories and methods of cultural engagement with Sunni-Muslim home- schooling families

Weaving new stories and methods of cultural engagement with Sunni-Muslim home- schooling families

This project is an exciting collaboration between creative practitioners and academics interested in the possibilities of creative participation and cultural engagement to bring about social change. The project will involve community ambassadors and artists working closely with academic researchers to develop workshops with Sunni-Muslim home-schooling families in Balsall Heath, Birmingham and Foleshill, Coventry. The research and creative outputs from the project will be showcased in public exhibitions with a programme of community and academic events in Birmingham and Coventry.

To find out more, contact Dr Cath Lambert (Department of Sociology)

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Culture, Rights and Community, History, heritage and culture, 2020 Project

2 “I don’t want your hope, I want your action”: exploring youth eco-citizenship through verbatim theatre and digital ethnography in the city.

“I don’t want your hope, I want your action”: exploring youth eco-citizenship through verbatim theatre and digital ethnography in the city.

This collaboration with Coventry’s Climate Action Network (CAN) invites youth participants to explore local and global questions of environmental and ecological degradation using verbatim theatre, ethnography and digital media, to encourage an interdisciplinary conversation about the nature of intersecting global crises. Our participatory workshops will use playful, ensemble-led and performative pedagogies to activate and capture diverse stories of youth eco-citizenship. We aim to position Coventry youth as active co-researchers. We will present our collaborative creations in different sites across Coventry.

To find out more, contact Dr Rachel Turner King (Centre for Education Studies)

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2020 Project, Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability

3 - The Canley Story Garden

Dr Rachel Turner-KingThe Canley Story Garden

What might community gardening, creative learning and outdoor eco-pedagogies offer children, young people, families and senior citizens?

Dr Rachel Turner-King and Dr Jen Kitchen are exploring creative learning pedagogies that enhance outdoor learning and wellbeing through workshops, activities and talks.

To find out more, contact Dr Rachel Turner-King

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2019 Project, Art, Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability

3-Civic television and the haunting of Coventry

Helen

Ghost Town: Civic Television and the Haunting of Coventry

This project extracts television programmes made in and about Coventry out of the archive, and re-screens them around the city in traditional and non-traditional spaces.

The project is initiating conversations about the city’s past, present and future. The project examines the cultural value of the television archive to people living in the city, as well as what Coventry means to its inhabitants and visitors.

Visit the project webpage to find out more or contact Dr Helen Wheatley.

Helen Wheatley is working with colleagues from the University of Warwick’s Department of Film and Television Studies, a range of non-higher education partners, including Culture Coventry, Coventry Cathedral, the Media Archive for Central England (MACE), Kaleidoscope and the BBC.

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2019 Project, Art, Cultures of Work, Inclusive Growth and the Creative Economy

3-Coventry Lives

MarkCoventry Lives

This project will create biographies of Coventry citizens.

Stretching from medieval times to the present day, biographies will be generated by a team of researchers and utilise crowd-sourced information. They will be presented on a digital map and timeline and will be tagged to allow communities to curate their own histories. The research team will source oral histories of local people, with emphasis on hearing how lives can help record a changing city.

These histories will be sourced through a combination of targeted interviews and inviting people to upload their own material. Either through 3D modelling or by relating locations on the map to photos and drawings, the team will digitise drawings and photographs of pre-war Coventry to demonstrate how it may once have looked. The team will also work closely with schools to foster greater awareness of local history.

Creative writers will run workshops on biographies and autobiographies, working with pupils, parents and grandparents to add another dimension to project.

For further information, please email Professor Mark Knights or Steve Ranford.

The research is led by Professor Mark Knights (Department of History, University of Warwick) and Steve Ranford (Digital Humanities, University of Warwick).

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2019 Project, Art, Featured, History, heritage and culture

3-Creating an Intelligent City - from urban test-bed to social laboratory

Creating an Intelligent City - from urban test-bed to social laboratoryProfessor Noortje Marres

Real world testing of autonomous vehicles is ongoing in Coventry and the West Midlands.

These trials are testing a number of features including vehicles' ability to interact with other road users, connected traffic lights, emergency vehicles, and emergency braking alerts. But how does this benefit the city and society? This project is working on a social intelligence test for autonomous vehicles and citizen engagement with urban testing to explore the societal impact of autonmous vehicles.

To find out more, contact Professor Noortje Marres (Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies)

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2019 Project, Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Culture, Health and Wellbeing

3-Identity

Identity and resettlement among young refugees in Coventry

Coventry has welcomed and helped resettle several hundred refugee children and their families in the past few years.

This research project provides a case study of a Coventry school’s involvement in this process of resettlement by working with refugee and migrant children from the Middle East and North Africa attending this school. Researchers will utilise the data to support the work that schools (more generally) undertake with the children in the city. This is part of ongoing research with refugee children through the Positive Youth Foundation (PYF), an agency supporting children and young people in Coventry.

The researchers have previously worked with creative arts and community organisations to explore the process of social identity formation in adolescent Syrian refugees. They are also helping to assess the educational needs of refugee and migration children that are attending PYF. Through this collaborative approach with PYF, researchers hope to identify key focal points of assistance within a broader city based network of statutory and nonstatutory support for recent migrant children.

To find out more, contact Dr Michael Wyness

The project is a collaboration with the Positive Youth Foundation, Dr Michael Wyness and Monireh Partovi, (Centre for Education Studies, Warwick), Dr Annamaria Pinter (Applied Linguistics, Warwick) and Professor Sheena Gardner (Applied Linguistics, Coventry).

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2019 Project, Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Social Science, Theme - Caring

3-The Screening Rights Film Festival

MichelThe Screening Rights Film Festival

The Screening Rights Film Festival is an international festival of social justice films which is now in its fifth year.

The festival came to Birmingham and Coventry in 2018, and featured screenings of some of the most interesting and highly acclaimed new films, as well as post-screening discussions involving directors, producers, writers, activists and experts.

Screening Rights aims to instigate debate on the potential of film to trigger personal, social and political change. Michele Aaron (Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick) is the festival’s Director, and is working to make 2021 its largest and most successful year yet. The Festival will be primarily hosted at Warwick Arts Centre, whilst involving a range of other venues across Coventry.

To find out more, contact Dr Michele Aaron

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2019 Project, Art, Culture, Rights and Community

3-TO WALK WITH WATER

JoanneTo walk with water

Research suggests that the regeneration of water in the city requires new values of culture, creativity and compassion in order to create a more inclusive urban river environment in which young people play a key role.

As a result, a project is underway to engage young people in new content creation and storytelling relating to cultural value of the river in Spon End.

To find out more, contact Dr Joanne Garde Hansen

Joanne Garde Hansen (Centre for Culture and Media Policy Studies, University of Warwick) and Jana Fried (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University) are working with Talking Birds and Antitype Films to deliver the project.

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2019 Project, Art, Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability

3-Transmission

KevinTransmission

Highly Sprung Performance Company, Transmission is a party. A party with a difference!

Transmission will show and share insights into infection, both viral and bacterial. An innovative mix of lectures, practical demonstrations and dance, the project will equip audiences with a better understanding of the role of science in researching and combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Transmission will immerse audiences of international students from both universities, as well as the general public, in scientific research.

To find out more, contact Professor Kevin Moffat.

This is a collaboration between Jess Rollason (School of Life Sciences, Coventry University, Kevin Moffat (School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick) and Coventry arts organisation

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2019 Project, Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Science and Medical School

3-Virtual medieval Coventry with the Herbert

AlanVirtual medieval Coventry with the Herbert

Alan Chalmers (WMG, University of Warwick) is creating full multi-sensory virtual environments with the Herbert Gallery.

This exciting project will allow the public to experience the three industries of Coventry’s medieval past. The public will experience the sights, the sounds and even the smells of the dyeing, weaving and tanning industries.

To find out more, contact Professor Alan Chalmers

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2019 Project, History, heritage and culture, Science and Medical School

3-Windrush Strikes Back

LeonWindrush Strikes Back

In 2017, participatory workshops on environmental justice, climate change, climate debt and reparations for climate justice were held in Birmingham and Manchester.

The events featured activist art, speakers and activities for children and families. They united a spectrum of people from different backgrounds to learn and share knowledge and experiences about the Caribbean’s fight for climate justice.

Some of the researchers and organisations involved went on to hold a Coventry-based event in July 2018, where members of the Caribbean community gathered for an intergenerational celebration and reflection on the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the HM Windrush.

These public events helped to create an innovative collaborative project entitled Windrush Strikes Back - a collective of activists, academics and engagement practitioners. Windrush Strikes Back held public workshops in Birmingham and Coventry in January 2019.

During these workshops, attendees learned how to become ‘Decolonial Detectives’ to help the team research the presence and perspectives of African Caribbean people and their histories, from the Tudors to the Windrush and beyond. This work is ongoing, and includes visits to various locations, such as Birmingham City Library and the Warwickshire archives.

To find out more, contact Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins.

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2019 Project, Cross Faculty, Culture, Rights and Community

3Virus hunters

IanVirus hunters

Most people are familiar with the concept of a virus, but it’s a little known fact that viruses actually outnumber every living thing on our planet.

What’s more, viruses aren’t visible through a standard light microscope - so how can they be detected? This project is designed to raise public awareness of viruses and bacteriophage (bacterial viruses), and ask salient questions such as How common they are? How do they contribute to antibiotic resistance? How they might be used as disease treatments?

We will ask 20 local schools to provide water samples from their area. These will be translated into images on the electron microscopes in the Advanced Bioimaging Research Technology Platform at Warwick. Images will be uploaded to Zooniverse (a people-powered research website) so that the public can help identify virus types. The results will be used to create a database of water types by postcode and uncover correlations.

For further information, please email Ian Hands-Portman.

Ian Hands-Portman, Saskia Bakker and Ellie Fletcher (Warwick Undergraduate) (School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick) will work with the Freshwater Habitats Trust and local schools on this project.

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Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Featured, Science and Medical School

4 Homeless Monopoly

NadineHomeless Monopoly

This project will create a prototype board-game featuring real life testimonies and scenarios of homeless and ex-homeless people in the Coventry area, that will be contributed to through a partnership with Coventry Cyrenians.

The game will be piloted with local schools with the aim of raising awareness and encouraging empathy in young people towards issues faced by Coventry’s homeless and street sleepers.

Using co-creative arts methodology and the approach of gamification, Homeless Monopoly will engage Cyrenian volunteers, secondary and tertiary students and research practitioners in a new collaboration, with results presented as a prototype board game and demonstration of a location-based gamified city walking trail.

There are ambitious plans to develop this into a large scale game to be played in the streets of Coventry in 2021.

To find out more, click here or contact Professor Nadine Holdsworth 

Nadine Holdsworth (Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick) is working with Coventry Cyrenians and Jacqueline Ann Calderwood (Disruptive Media Lab, Coventry University).

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2019 Project, Art, Culture, Health and Wellbeing

Can't we do it ourselves

Sophie'Can't we do it ourselves?'

The Coventry Family Health Club was the 1940s dream of GP Dr Kenneth Barlow, who wished to discover if people could plan and build their own self-sufficient community.

The ideas behind the Coventry Family Health Club inspired this project’s researchers to encourage local people to think more about healthy eating and how food can help build communities.

Sophie Greenway (Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick) and Dr Marina Chang (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University) collaborated with the Moat House Community Trust to run a series of public events, including film screenings and discussions, in June 2018. Marina and Sophie are keen to continue work on the project.

To find out more, contact Sophie Greenway.

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Art, Culture, Health and Wellbeing

Celebrations and communities

MargaretCelebrations and communities

Festival occasions in Coventry and the surrounding region from the 15th-17th century and their legacy

Coventry has a rich heritage of large-scale civic and religious events - from medieval mystery plays to royal and noble visits to the city and surrounding area.

The legacy of such public, performance-based occasions remains relevant to Coventry’s contemporary multicultural, diverse community. Celebrating this heritage offers a way to harness memories and sustain the future socio-economic stability of the city’s diverse communities.

To find out more, contact Dr Margaret Shewring.

The project brings together scholars, curators, archivists and performance practitioners with postgraduates and early career researchers, across nationalities and disciplines to present a conference open to the public as part of City of Culture 2021.

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Art, Culture, Rights and Community

CONCRETE CINEMA: EVERYDAY BRUTALISM

MichaelConcrete cinema: everyday brutalism

Concrete Cinema is a community-based, cinema-inspired artistic project developed in collaboration with the Coventry Biennial of Art.

It unites residents of Coventry’s (in)famous Brutalist buildings—specifically Pioneer House in Hillfields— and their experience, love and hate for the space they inhabit. The project will help deliver creativity to peripheral areas of the city by the establishment of a placemaking workshop.

To find out more, contact Dr Michael Pigott.

This project is a collaboration between Michael Pigott (Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick), Coventry Biennial (Ryan Hughes), and Miriam De Rosa (Centre for Postdigital Culture, Coventry University).

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Art, History, heritage and culture

Coventry Cooks: community cafe event

MarieCoventry Cooks: community cafe event

This local community food initiative stems from PhD research into childhood obesity across different ethnic groups in Coventry.

For migrant families, a paucity of traditional ingredients, unfamiliarity with British produce, a loss of their ‘grow-your-own’ culture and scepticism about taste are all barriers to eating healthily. Traditional recipes from individuals and community groups in Coventry will be collated and shared, aiming to highlight their nutritional value.

The project will also make suggestions for adapting the recipes to readily available British produce and, where necessary, altering it to improve its health properties. Potential outputs include a ‘cook and share’ initiative or a cookery book.

To find out more, contact Marie Murphy

Marie Murphy , Oyinlola Oyebode, Rebecca Johnson (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Coventry University ), and Mark Hinton (Community Development Manager, University of Warwick) are working with Coventry City Council Public Health Department and Groundwork West Midlands to deliver the project.

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Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Science and Medical School

Coventry Works

HelenCoventry Works

This project will scope visual and audio-visual material for future industrial photography exhibitions in Coventry and Italy.

The project team will examine the photographic archives of Richard Bailey and Richard Sadler and the broadcast archives of MACE, the BBC and others to identify historic businesses and industrial activity and use participatory workshops to record the stories, themes and issues that together reveal the working life of Coventry’s past.

To find out more, contact Helen Wheatley.

Helen Wheatley (Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick) and Ben Kyneswood (Sociology, Coventry University) are working with Photo Archive Miners and the local public.

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Art, Cultures of Work, Inclusive Growth and the Creative Economy, History, heritage and culture

Coventry: a city of cultures

PaulCoventry: a city of cultures

Since at least Roman times, the land occupied by the modern day city of Coventry has been a cultural crossroads.

Its unique character is a manifestation of complex cultural interactions. The project, which involves Coventry University, the Herbert Gallery and Museum and the University of Warwick, will introduce local schools and the general public to cultural diversity in Roman and Medieval Coventry.

Through school workshops, public lectures and online resources (including teaching materials) the project will create a lasting legacy for Coventry City of Culture 2021 and beyond.

To find out more, contact Dr Paul Grigbsy

Paul Grigsby (Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick) and Daniel Anderson (Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Coventry University) are collaborating on this project.

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Art, Culture, Rights and Community

Databeers

FedericoDatabeers

Databeers is an ongoing series of public engagement events.

The events showcase the data science research performed both at the University of Warwick as well as in the local community, with future events across the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

In collaboration with Coventry City Council, University of Warwick’s Federico Botta, Edward Hill and Sophie Meakin (Warwick Business School Behavioural Science Group) take data to local people.

To find out more, contact Dr Federico Botta.

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Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Social Science

Eating into elsewhere

Carmen'Eating into elsewhere' and 'Unmade, Untitled'

Home-Hosted Performances

In 2017-2018 Dr Emma Meehan, Carol Breen (Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University) and Carmen Wong (Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick) collaborated with the Coventry Irish Society and other Irish cultural, sport and social clubs organisations in Coventry to create a series of cook-along interviews exploring experiences of food, identity and belonging among first generation Irish women in Coventry.

Subsequently, a 2018-2019 project entitled 'Eating into Elsewhere' is exploring how we might engage in ‘belonging’ through adaptive cooking practices in an age of globalised migration. Hosts invite participants from their communities to watch performances, mirroring the ethnographic cookalong with interviews with five migrant Coventry cooks.

‘Breakfast Elsewhere’ features an Arabic breakfast dish from the diasporic kitchen of Rola N, who now makes Coventry her home.

‘Unmade, Untitled’ is another related project that engages audiences in ritualistic kitchen practices to tell Carmen Wong’s (University of Warwick, PhD student) auto-ethnographic experience of ‘unbelonging’, where making a meal helps provide a feeling of belonging.

These ‘performances’ are participative and encourage an open dialogue of listening, speaking and cooking whilst being with others and contemplating personal memories. Four community organisers (Belgrade Theatre / City of Culture / Grapevine) will host performances in their kitchens.

For further information, please email Carmen Wong.

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Art, Culture, Health and Wellbeing

Language policy

Richard SmithLanguage policy and local curriculum initiatives over the last 50 years in Coventry

In England, and across the UK, there is a mounting sense of crisis about language learning.

In this project, researchers aim to understand the implementation of language education within the city of Coventry from the perspective of national policy and local curriculum initiatives over the last 50 years.

Developing language abilities is important for engaging with linguistic and cultural diversity, and language education makes an important contribution to the cultural life of a city or country. It is therefore useful to understand how engagement with diverse languages has been promoted within language education from a historical perspective. This project aims to create a positive impact on languages provision, both in Coventry and more widely. The findings of the project can be used to support schools in developing their local language education policies and approaches (such as through workshops for school leaders) and can contribute to future policy development (such as through a policy briefing paper).

To find out more, contact Dr. Richard Smith.

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Culture, Rights and Community, Social Science

Literacies for life in the City of Culture

Literacies for life in the City of Culture

This pilot project has established Coventry Community Writing Centre, focused on ‘real-life writing’ in the city.

The writing centre offers free of charge support and feedback on practical writing tasks required for economic and social success. The centre is located in Coventry’s Central Library and opens on Tuesday afternoons throughout June. The project is also collecting examples of official writing—such as formal letters—that people have received, and recording experiences of these writings being unclear or problematic.

The research team will analyse these documents, along with people’s experiences of writing, to understand the linguistic and communicative landscape of real-life writing in Coventry.

Through the project, researchers hope to instigate new writing practices, leading to a more just and inclusive linguistic and communicative landscape.

For further information, please email Christopher Strelluf.

Christopher Strelluf (Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick) and Catalina Neculai (Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University) are working on the project with Coventry Libraries.

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Cultures of Work, Inclusive Growth and the Creative Economy, Social Science

Mapping women's suffrage in Coventry

Mapping women's suffrage in Coventry

The Votes for Women campaign was a long and difficult struggle fought by women and men in streets and neighbourhoods across Coventry.

The Mapping Women’s Suffrage in Coventry project plots the diverse locations, lives and activities of many unknown Votes for Women campaigners.

The project will work with local schools and community groups to help populate the project’s interactive map and provide a rich picture of the history of women’s suffrage in the city.

To find out more, contact Professor Sarah Richardson.

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Art, History, heritage and culture

New Midlanders

'New Midlanders'

Through a series of guided workshops, asylum seekers and refugees have developed self-reflective photo artworks.

The creation of self-reflective photo artworks and testimonials from people fleeing persecution allowed researchers to explore how photography can engage with and support communities. The project highlighted how photography can help bridge cultural divisions, and conveyed critical issues facing refugees in the UK.

To find out more, get in touch with Dr Harbinder Sandhu

This was a collaborative venture with Darryl Georgiou (Art and Design, Coventry University), Tarla Patel (International Student Office, Warwick), Dr Harbinder Sandhu (Warwick Medical School) and colleagues at Coventry Peace House.

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Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Science and Medical School

Planning for Real

'Planning for Real' in CanleyPlanning for Real Logo

Canley is one of our closest neighbourhood communities and home to many of our students and staff. We are training and supporting Canley residents to deliver this process every step of the way.

Planning for Real is a nationally-recognised community planning process where residents develop ideas on a locally-made 3D map of the area. It allows a wide range of people from Canley to register their views on a variety of issues, work together to identify priorities, and go on to develop an action plan for change with the support of local agencies.

Find out more here

Reclaiming Coventry Canal Festival

AlastairReclaiming Coventry Canal Festival

Reclaiming the Coventry Canal Festival will unite Coventry’s vulnerable communities to symbolically reclaim the canal - a unique element of the city’s industrial and environmental heritage.

The project will involve outdoor activities co-ordinated by local artists and organisations to illuminate the canal’s historical, environmental and cultural heritage. Special attention will be given to traditionally under-represented communities and the values they attach to waterways.

After the festival, attendees will move to the waterway to symbolically take to the canal while local artists perform from the top of a barge along the canal.

To find out more, contact Dr Alastair Smith

This is a collaborative project involving Coventry University, Coventry Peace House, Sergio Ruiz Cayeula (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University) and Alastair Smith (Global Sustainable Development, University of Warwick).

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Communities, Resilience and Environmental Sustainability, Cross Faculty

ROUTE 10

Route 10

Route 10 is a research and development project focused on health and healing.

It is helping to create a new dance theatre work for touring, with potential outreach and community work.

The project unites academics from Coventry University and the University of Warwick to develop a programme and explore routes for participation. Local company Mercurial Dance is working closely with Coventry and Warwick academics to develop this exciting and novel approach.

For further information, please email Dr Alan Dolan.

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Cross Faculty, Culture, Health and Wellbeing

Sensing the City

NeseSensing the City

Scheduled to take place over three years, Sensing the City is a practice-based research project involving a series of site-specific studies of urban rhythms, atmospheres, textures, practices and behavioural patterns in Coventry.

The project will utilise written notes, as well as sound and oral recordings, photography, performance and film and make use of the performing human body as a data-gathering sensor itself, as we hear, see, smell, touch and taste our surroundings. The text, sound and images gathered will be presented at an exhibition at the Herbert Gallery in January 2020, followed by a one-day symposium. The project’s findings will be presented in a format accessible to both the general public and urban planning professionals on the website.

To find out more, contact Dr Nese Ceren Tosun.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project is led by Professor Nicolas Whybrow (Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick) in collaboration with Dr Michael Pigott (Film & TV Studies, University of Warwick), Dr Natalie Garrett Brown (Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University) and artist Carolyn Deby (Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick and sirenscrossing, London).

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Art, Cross Faculty, Cultures of Work, Inclusive Growth and the Creative Economy

Shakespeare wuz Shakespeare iz here: Think-tanking Coventry 2021

CarolShakespeare wuz Shakespeare iz here: Think-tanking Coventry 2021

This project will gather 12-15 Warwick graduates/associates from across Humanities who are now working in the UK’s creative industries (as writers, makers and producers, but also as administrators, developing business models that support funding bids and investment) for a two-day think tank session.

The aim of the session is to explore table proposals for development into a final project deliverable for Coventry City of Culture 2021. The researchers want to open doors to show Coventry’s young people that they belong to Warwick, as Warwick belongs to Coventry.

To find out more, contact Professor Carol Rutter.

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Art, Cultures of Work, Inclusive Growth and the Creative Economy

Social human rights

Social Human Rights network: Isolation and Loneliness

Tackling social deprivation is central to this research project, which involves a variety of academics exploring social isolation and loneliness.

The project aims to raise awareness and understanding amongst urban planners of the effects of social isolation and the need for social urban spaces.

As part of this project, David Jenkins and Kimberley Brownlee (Philosophy, University of Warwick) are discussing the possibility of running events in 2021 to engage directly with the people of Coventry to gather ideas on the importance of social rights for health and well-being.

To find out more, contact David Jenkins

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Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Social Science

SPON END STORIES

MarijnSpon End Stories

This project is creating a story about Spon End - one of the oldest parts of Coventry.

It will encompass local voices to narrate the memories and histories of the people who live, work or simply pass through the suburb. Stories will be collated in a booklet and accompanied with quotes, maps and photos of the area. A launch event is also planned, and we are working with the community to capture real stories and experiences.

To find out more, contact Marijn Nieuwenhuis

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Culture, Rights and Community, Social Science

The city in the box, the box in the city

HelenThe city in the box, the box in the city: the role of the television archive in cities of culture

This research is closely related the Ghost Town project, and considers the relationship between the television archive and Cities of Culture more broadly.

The project will result in a doctoral thesis about television and cities of culture, new collaborations and plans for legacy projects for MACE in the city, and a new documentary about the building of Coventry Cathedral for BBC4.

To find out more, contact Dr Helen Wheatley.

Kat Pearson will be working on this project alongside Helen Wheatley (Film and Television Studies / Centre for Television History, Heritage and Memory Research) and the Media Archive for Central England and Illuminations.

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Art, History, heritage and culture

The perception of touch in young children and families

SotaroThe perception of touch in young children and families

This research project involves developing an interactive dance theatre show in collaboration with children and families from socioeconomically deprived areas of Coventry and Leamington Spa.

The project knits together arts and science to examine the perception of touch in young children and families, exploring how the subjective and psychophysiological perception of touch changes depending on the environment and emotional relationship of those being touched.

Results of this project will lead to the creation of a new professional, touring, interactive dance theatre show for 3-8 year olds and their families.

To find out more, contact Professor Sotaro Kita.

The on-going project, which launched in 2017, is a collaborative venture involving Professor Sotaro Kita (Psychology, University of Warwick) and Dr Sara Reed (Media & Performing Arts, Coventry) working with Wriggle Dance Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and Coventry Library Service.

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Culture, Health and Wellbeing, Social Science

The projection project

RichardThe projection project – world wide windows: projection as a global and local social portal

wWw is an online portal connecting street life in the cities of Krakow and Poznan in Poland with street life in Coventry.

The Polish community in Coventry has particular links to the cities of Krakow and Poznan, and connections between the three cities will be achieved through real time projections onto the window of Theatre Absolute’s Shopfront Theatre and similar venues in Poland.

wWw seeks to open a live street level conversation between the cities and their citizens, connecting residents of the two countries, as well as establishing connections between people on a local scale.

To find out more, contact Dr Richard Wallace.

The project is a collaboration between Projekt-Project - exploring site specific projection (School of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University) - and the AHRC-funded Projection Project, (Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick). Adrian Palka (School of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University) and Richard Wallace (Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick) are working with Talking Birds and Theatre Absolute as part of this project.

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Art, History, heritage and culture

ThisIsCoventry2022: exploring cultural legacy and social value of creative and social enterprises in the city

Haley#ThisIsCoventry2022: exploring cultural legacy and social value of creative and social enterprises in the city

This project explores the legacy narrative in the context of Coventry City of Culture.

It provides creative and social enterprise organisations in the city with an opportunity to come together to develop and plan a vision for achieving value for their organisations and the communities they serve - beyond 2021.

To find out more, contact Dr Haley Beer.

Dr Haley Beer (Warwick Business School, University of Warwick), Melissa Smith (Feel Good Community) Richard Tomlins (International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University) and Gabriela Matouskova (Social Enterprise CIC, Coventry University) are working together on this exciting, collaborative project.

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Cultures of Work, Inclusive Growth and the Creative Economy, Social Science

Trial period for the Studio Van

VishTrial period for the Studio Van

The Studio Van combines the arts practice expertise of Coventry University with the outreach and participation expertise of Warwick Arts Centre.

This innovative project is designed to share the skills and creative thinking approaches vital for our jobs market, civic duties and community building. It accesses hard to reach communities to provide an artistic space in cultural cold spots. A trial period will ensure that the Studio Van is responsive to the needs of the local community.

To find out more, contact Dr Vish Roy

Dr Vish Roy (Cultural & Media Policy Studies, University of Warwick), Helen Cuthill (Associate Dean, Enterprise and Commercial, Coventry University) and Professor Richard Tomlins (International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University) and will be collaborating with New Art West Midlands on the project.

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Art, Cultures of Work, Inclusive Growth and the Creative Economy

x AND FINALLY

And finally...

We have had so many collaborations with colleagues from Coventry University and local organisations that have enabled Warwick researchers to undertake really exciting projects in the city that we haven’t been able to include them all here.

  • Over the last few years we have also worked with Coventry’s Foyer and the Coventry Peace House to create mosaic workshops and produce public art with young people aged 16-24 who are struggling with homelessness.
  • Researchers have taken the public on explorations of the cultural oral traditions of Kashmir in the Coventry Muslim community via an event in Coventry Cathedral that showcased poetry and music by the well-known Sufi writer, Mian Muhammad Bakhsh.
  • Some of our scientists linked up with Coventry Libraries and Schools and ran workshops where attendees used Lego to solve problems.
  • Researchers have worked with Theatre Absolute, Coventry University Social Enterprise CIC and HOPE 4 the Community CIC to provide parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder the opportunity to come together in writing gyms (these are mental work-outs to help get words onto a page) and through the use of art and drama to help parents voice and express the emotional and social challenges that they face and overcome.
  • We have showcased works of art by Primary school aged children to help raise awareness of climate change and schools that participated could use elements of the competition towards attaining Eco-Flag Status. The results were truly fantastic and the winners received £500 for a school eco-project and lots of arty goodies, presented by the Lord Mayor of Coventry.
  • We’ve had Mary Creagh MP come and join other ‘Green Women of Coventry’ and discuss her passion for environmental protection in a public discussion on International Women’s Day.

You can download a full PDF version of all these projects here

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