Looking for something free and creative to do this summer? If you haven’t already, be sure to come along and check out the final exhibition of the Portraits of Coventry.
When: 2 to 30 August, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sunday 12:30pm to 3pm free entry.
Where: Coventry Cathedral, Chapel of Industry CV1 5AB
The Portraits of Coventry Project is a series of 12 paintings depicting the lives of people who live in Coventry, including those who moved to the city from elsewhere and made it their home. The paintings were first exhibited as part of Coventry City of Culture in 2021. We commissioned local artist, Andy Farr, to create narrative portraits of residents who live in our independent living schemes, as well as members of our communities.
This exhibition includes three new paintings: Peter, who has a lifelong connection to the Cathedral, Polina, who has recently arrived in Coventry to escape the invasion of Ukraine and Julia, a Coventry based fashion designer.
We’ve booked a space to showcase the Portraits of Coventry exhibition:
- Arcadia Artspace Gallery in the City Arcade: Wednesday 15 September until Saturday 16 October, every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday between 10:00 – 16:00.
Alongside exhibiting Andy’s work, we will also be presenting some of the pieces produced by the Foleshill Creates At Home project, which took place between November 2020 and February 2021, allowing Orbit customers and other Coventry residents to take part in virtual art workshops.
To read more about the exhibitions, click here.
Andy’s progress so far
Andy has now completed 13 portraits! He has worked on two portraits of members of the Foleshill community with interesting back stories (including Daksha Piparia, who runs Foleshill Creates) and has painted a number of Orbit Independent Living customers.
Scroll down to see some sneak previews of the artwork!