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Art-making: Coventry’s Past, Present and Future


What does the practice of art-making signify in Coventry, a city rich with histories of arts and engineering? How has lockdown fostered or limited our own art-making practices? How important are public arts and art-making to the people of Coventry, or for our children and young people? 

This project will gather the views of the city’s people, sharing them at CoC21 events at the Daimler Powerhouse Creation centre opening. The research will build on, and inform the projects Combustion, a festival celebrating the intersect of engineering, architecture and art; and the Teach-Make education programme with teachers developing ‘imagineering’ schemes of work located in art-making, alongside Imagineers’ development of the Daimler Powerhouse, a new ‘Creation Centre’ which will include a publicly accessible maker-space.

The focus of this research will draw on understandings of Imagineer’s previous work in developing art-making activities in schools and the wider community.

The project is led by Dr Jo Trowsdale from the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, and funded by the Warwick Institute of Engagement as part of their City of Culture Public Programme of events.