Life on a Deadline

2021 – Project

(R) Researcher

Shahnaz Akhter

Research Fellow, University of Warwick

(R) Researcher

Shirin Rai

Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

(R) Researcher

Jayanthi Lingham

Research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.

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The Lockdown in March 2020 impacted us all, however for those who experienced care, navigating the systems as either those who received care or were informal or paid carers, the pandemic exacerbated and highlighted issues which many within these communities faced.

As members of the BAME community in Coventry, the research, and the opportunity to work with an artist gave us the opportunity to explore stories and experiences which are not often brought to the fore. Using an academic framework that allowed us to look at how space and time had been impacted by the pandemic, we were able to see how those we engaged with as both researchers and members of BAME women. Over a series of conversations, I was able to work with Navkiran, to bring the experiences of carers to the poem.

Read more about the research Co-POWeR: Consortium on Practices for Wellbeing and Resilience in BAME Families and Communities here.

(A) Artist

Ego Performance Company

Performance art theatre

(A) Artist

Navkiran Mann

Poet. Writer. Creative Arts Producer.



Age guidance: 12+

Content Warning: This piece contains themes of mortality and illness and is based on the artist’s real life experience of loss of a family member.


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A digital exhibition of creative work by local artists, each an interpretation of academic research from Coventry University and University of Warwick. Building on last year’s show created during the lockdown, there are 12 new projects for 2021, each aiming to change how we perceive and experience our worlds.

The collaborative commissions this year explore how Covid-19 has impacted hospice care, what museum closures mean to communities, whether artificial intelligence can create art, how we can promote respectful interactions around names, what an ideal society looks like for women of colour, and more.

Coventry Creates is part of the ongoing work by Coventry and Warwick universities in the lead up to and during the City of Culture. The University Partnership has funded over 60 creative research projects, involving many diverse Coventry organisations and local communities. The University of Warwick and Coventry University are both principal partners of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

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