Coventry City of Culture 2021 provided an unrivalled opportunity to strengthen and grow our place-based research. Being a principal partner of City of Culture 2021 has helped catalyse new and exciting research projects, and we’re continuing to develop new place-based research and impact with local collaborators across a broad range of topics. Our teams of researchers are building connections in the region and further afield, with projects which look to address key challenges, often through innovative collaborations with artists and creatives, to change lives for the better.
Dr Rachel Turner-King and Dr Bobby Smith explore the climate crisis with young people across the UK and beyond through creative approaches including performance, film and visual arts.
In a body of place-based research spanning over four years, Professor Nadine Holdsworth (Theatre and Performance Studies) explores how arts and creativity can contribute to health and wellbeing, equality and social justice.
With public trust in policing extremely low, this body of work from Professor Jacqueline Hodgson and Dr Rachel Lewis explores the potential for arts and culture to help build trust and confidence in policing.
In partnership with Coventry City Council Biodiversity Team, this project aims to help develop an alternative to traditional biodiversity surveys.
Community organisation Grapevine and the University of Warwick have teamed up to enable Ball Hill residents in Coventry to investigate issues around local air pollution.
Coventry UK City of Culture Projects
From exploring the impacts of lockdown on the city and reinvigorating green spaces, through to dazzling live performances and international collaborations, we were involved with and supported over 100 projects for UK City of Culture. Spanning a four-year programme, our researchers worked with over 60 artists, 25 micro/SMEs and more than 50 public and third sector organisations, building lasting relationships to help shape culture across the region. Take a look at the City of Culture 2021 Projects brochure to discover more about this unique body of work.
Coventry Live Event
On Friday 3rd February 2023, researchers from Warwick and Coventry universities came together with regional partners to celebrate what we achieved together through Coventry UK City of Culture.
To an audience of more than 70 people, we heard from spoken word artists, theatre directors and producers, community organisations, city council members, researchers and research funders.