18 pieces of research
18 creative responses

A digital exhibition of artworks created during lockdown and inspired by university research. Amongst these 18 artistic responses to research, you’ll discover poetry about Coventry, Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matters movement. Find stories about what Coventry means to refugees, and learn about Coventry’s twinning history, women’s suffrage and how interactive games can help break down the complexities of homelessness. Hear the words of healthcare workers during the first peak of Coronavirus, and explore creative connections forged by ‘The Artist and the Prof’.

Coventry Creates is part of the ongoing work by Coventry and Warwick universities in the lead up to the City of Culture. The University Partnership has funded over 30 creative research projects, involving over 50 Coventry organisations and local communities.


During the March-May 2020 Covid-19 UK lockdown Coventry University and the University of Warwick selected 18 local artists (A) to receive a grant that allowed them to continue their work during the pandemic. Coventry Creates received over 100 applications and has funded 18 collaborative projects with researchers (R) from the social sciences, arts, science and medicine from across both the city’s universities.

We would like to thank all of our funders for their support with this project, without which it would not have been possible. The project was jointly funded by Coventry University and the University of Warwick as part of the City of Culture University Partnership. The University of Warwick would like to further thank the following sources;

ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (reference ES/T502054/1).

University of Warwick Arts and Humanities Impact Fund 2020/2021.

University of Warwick Public Engagement Team Fund.

ESRC Festival of Social Science

University of Warwick Connecting Cultures Global Research Priority Fund 2019/2020

University of Warwick Sustainable Cities Global Research Priority Fund 2019/2020

To find out more about the story of how Coventry Creates came about, download this flyer.


Coventry Creates Logo

The project, Coventry Creates, provided up to £2,000 funding to the chosen projects so that they could keep producing artwork for this collaborative digital exhibition, in the run up to UK City of Culture 2021.

The exhibition will be hosted until December 2022 and all art works will also be kept in the Coventry City of Culture Digital Archive. The collaboration between The University of Warwick and Coventry University follows a new Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities that provides them with new opportunities to work together to the benefit of arts and culture throughout the region.

Tell us – what you think

We really hope you have enjoyed the Coventry Creates Digital Exhibition and can spare a moment to share it with your friends and families. Our City of Culture University Partnership is keen to find out who the exhibition is reaching and get some feedback about viewers’ experiences of the exhibition.

Is there anything you would like to tell us about your response to the exhibition?

For instance, has the exhibition inspired you take action about one of the research areas or something connected to them? E.g. you want to support the homeless in Coventry and/or support refugees etc.

Perhaps the content will help you or family/friends/colleagues with a personal matter. E.g. you/someone you know will now access the Care Companion or will seek mental health support or speak to a doctor about psychosis symptoms etc.

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