Coventry Creates was part of the work undertaken by Coventry University and the University of Warwick in the lead up to and during the UK City of Culture 2021 (UK CoC 2021). The university partnership funded over 60 creative research projects, involving many diverse Coventry organisations and local communities.
Coventry Creates produced a digital exhibition of creative work by local artists; each an interpretation of academic research from Coventry University and University of Warwick.
The projects were curated to show the research alongside the creative interpretation in a split screen design. The collaborative nature of these projects meant the distinction between researcher and artist became blurred.
The collaborative commissions explored how Covid-19 impacted hospice care, what museum closures meant to communities, whether artificial intelligence can create art, how respectful interactions can be promoted around names, what an ideal society looks like for women of colour, and more.
Building on the show created during the lockdown, 12 further projects were created for 2021, each aiming to change ‘how we perceive and experience our worlds’.
Visit Coventry Creates to explore these fascinating projects.
Image of the Coventry Creates exhibition
The first panel at the Connecting Place, Culture, Research and Impact event reflected on the value of the Coventry Creates partnership work between researchers and artists, and the mutual benefits that arose through successful collaboration.