The Show Windows: Reflections

This November, as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, the Government Art Collection is helping transform Coventry city centre's shop windows into a public museum.

Part of Coventry City of Culture 2021 and curated by Charlie Levine, The Show Windows exhibition series has invited artists, architects, designers, makers and creatives throughout the year to take over window displays in shops across Coventry city centre, encouraging shoppers, workers and tourists to peer inside.

The Show Windows: Reflections celebrates the post-war architecture of Coventry City Centre, and transforms Coventry City Arcade into a public museum. In November, you can spot artworks from the Government Art Collection across shop windows in the Arcade.

The display of artworks from the Government Art Collection was curated by Carriers of Hope, a local charity that provides support for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in the Coventry area, and community interest company Quiet Down There. Featuring artists including Hurvin Anderson, Rana Begum, Mahtab Hussain and Evelyn Williams, the exhibition explores experiences of travel, migration and home through photography, etching, paint and drawing.

After taking part in workshops to select the works of art on display, Radhika, Ping and Dan from Carriers of Hope gave the artworks alternative titles and explained the reasons they connected with them. See their unique interpretation below:

After the Government Art Collection, exhibitions featuring work from the British Museum and Crafts Council will take place in the coming months.

The Show Windows: Reflections is co-produced in partnership by Coventry City of Culture Trust, Coventry Business Improvement District, Historic England and RIBA and SqW:Lab. The Show Windows: Reflections is funded by Arts Council England.

The Show Windows: Reflections, Coventry City Arcade, CV1 3HW