When artists, researchers and project management team members celebrated Coventry Creates during Resonate Festival April 2022, we took the opportunity to create two short new videos capturing ‘Artist Perspectives on Coventry Creates’ and ‘Exploring Research Together.’
You can hear directly from those involved about the impact the project has had on them and on their work. We also created a Coventry Cathedral mosaic (below) which features an array of images from the event and artworks.
Volunteering is giving your time to help others. However, our project is examining how volunteering also impacts upon volunteers themselves. Read Dr Oyinlola Oyebode's blog on how volunteering positively impacts individuals' wellbeing and their pride in the city of Coventry.
The experiences of care (and caring) for families and communities during the Covid-19 pandemic lies at the heart of Dr Shahnaz Akhter’s recent Coventry Creates project. The research moves away from applying a theoretical lens to issues faced by participants. Instead, it works with communities to understand the challenges that they’ve encountered.
Read a new blog by Professor Jackie Hodgson and Dr Rachel Lewis on their project researching the partnership between the West Midlands Police and Coventry City of Culture Trust, including how arts and culture can be used to help increase public confidence in policing and improve police-community relations.
The political participation and civic engagement of women from minority backgrounds has often featured prominently in the work of Dr Khursheed Wadia, so when Coventry Creates presented an opportunity to collaborate with a local artist to profile her research through dance, Khursheed knew this would be an invaluable chance to reach new audiences.
This has been an amazing few weeks, during which we have showcased a huge variety of artist-researcher collaborations inspired by our research and engagement around City of Culture – in our major digital exhibition Coventry Creates 2021; through our collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre’s Feelings of Freedom festival; and our ongoing support for researchers working with artists in the Coventry Biennial.
This month’s Resonate Festival theme is COVENTRY IN THE WORLD – Coventry is here, there, everywhere… a city which is enriched by the diverse communities that have made their home here. At Warwick, we have staff and students from all over the world and our research reaches all around the globe too. This month we will bring the world to Coventry and take Coventry out to the world. Resonate is celebrating this global diversity and highlighting a series of festivals and events that share a wealth of research, engagement and inclusivity.
September in the Resonate Festival is all about Words and Voices.
Through events on 5 and 19 September, we’ll be exploring the power of words - spoken, written and sung. We’ll be taking up residency in the Assembly Festival Gardens in Coventry this September, with events curated by the Connecting Cultures GRP.