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