Culture Coventry - Community Arts Project, 'Our Place Here'

Matt and Barbara, collaborating with Gemma Foy from 'Let's Animate', were commissioned by Culture Coventry to deliver an arts project aimed at broadening participation and engagement within Coventry’s local community. Stories and artefacts were gathered, to celebrate and share the diverse voices of Coventry. Four community groups were involved - Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, Ekta Unity, (an Asian Women’s Group),  Gosford Park Children’s Centre and Adult Learners at Cheylesmore Community Centre. Artists' workshops created images and objects that represented local people’s stories, memories and heritage. A range of media was explored including clay, textiles, printing, collage, paint, animation, photography, book-making and 3D. Group members shared their stories and skills through making and often brought in artefacts and objects from home to incorporate in their work. Pop-up exhibitions, entitled 'Materials, Makings and Memories', were held to further share and celebrate the project, along with a display in the Coventry Transport Museum.

Adult Learners' comments:

"I feel proud to be part of this community project and for the public to see how hard I worked."

"I enjoyed the art project cause I learned something new."

Parents' comments:

“We almost get to have more fun than the children, we can play and experiment with the materials as much as them."

... that it was "great to be able to give their children so much freedom”. 

making fabric book

creating fabric book

materials with meaning

book created with materials with meaning

illustration for fabric book

embroidery work

fabric book

fabric book embroidery

fabric book about embroidery skills

fabric book sharing skills

mini museum 1

mini museum 2

mini museum 3

mini museum 4

mini museum 5

Mini museums of memories

sewing kit created

sewing kit

sharing needlework skills

pages of materials with meanings

sharing artefacts

fabric book create

Exploring light and imagery

Exploring light and imagery about intere

imagery about interest in animals

painting story box

exploring imagery about interests

Creating story box

story box

Story Box in progress

making books

print-making

print imagery for story box

swim interest print collage for story bo

print collage about hobby for story box

Making book of prints about hobbies

prints about hobbies

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