Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
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We provide places for the people of Coventry and visitors to the City to meet, celebrate and explore their cultural and creative past, present and futures.
Museum, Gallery, Archive
Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History
Wasted is an exhibition of work by Gina Czarnecki exploring the life-giving potential of 'discarded' body parts and their relationship to myths, history, cutting edge stem cell research and notions of what constitutes informed consent.
The art works are sculptural, incorporating milk teeth, bones and fat. The end products are visually stunning and, together, they will take on a vast wealth of associated meanings for diverse audiences
- Any age
Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic responses to Conflict, Peace and Reconciliation
The exhibition takes us on a challenging journey from the home front to the frontline and back again, as seen through the eyes of artists, soldiers and people affected by conflict.
Visitors will travel through divided lands, debate the role of protest art, explore the aesthetics of violence and machinery of war, and reflect upon the aftermath of war where hope emerges and lives are rebuilt. A section of the exhibition focuses on the work of kennardphillipps made in response to the invasion and occupation of Iraq
Caught in the Crossfire: Artists responses to conflict, peace and reconciliation
Caught in the Crossfire explores how artists grapple with both the brutality of war and the desire for peace. The exhibition takes us on a challenging journey from the home front to the frontline and back again, as seen through the eyes of artists, soldiers and people affected by conflict.
Visitors will travel through divided lands, debate th role of prtest art, explore the aesthetics of violence and machinery of war, and reflect upon the aftermath of war where hope emerges and lives are rebuilt. On show will be historical works by John Piper, Eric Kennigton and Muirhead Bone alongside contermporary works by Banksy, Peter Howson, kennardphillips, Matthew Picton and Cornelia Parker. This major exhibition brings together for the first time new aquisitions made by the Herbert in partnership with Wolverhampton Art Gallery as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund's Collecting Cultured grant.
- Any age
Gallery 1 - 3
On 18 May 2013 the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum will be extending their usual opening hours for I Protest! - an amazing day and night of FREE family activities, talks and screenings as part of the national Museums at Night festival.
The Coventry Weavers House will be in the Covered Court all day setting up their Coventry Blue project which will be part of the Coventry Mysteries 2013. Everyone is welcome to have a go at weaving on their pop up loom. Keep your eye out for yarnbombing which will be happening throughout the day!
Also in the Covered Court will be b-boys and b-girls displaying breakdance battles and how this can be a respectful form of combat. If you want to join in, the dancers will also teach you a few moves!
The Embroiders Guild will bring their large scale tapestries to the Herbert and help people have a go at stitching as much or as little of the design as they would like.
The artist known as War Boutique will be displaying his new piece The Striking Suit for the first time in the region, which has been designed in conjunction with Maharishi fashion house and shows which areas the police are allowed to strike people during protest. He will be on hand to talk to the public and answer questions about his work.
Local street artists will descend on the Herbert for a drawing battle throughout the day which people can just watch or get involved in.
There will also be a range of FREE make and take activities for people of all ages.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Cylinder City #2
After the success of last year's Cylinder City event, join us for its return and help create a huge group sculpture in response to Matthew Picton's mixed media artwork Dresden 1945.
The new masterpiece will be temporarily shown at the Herbert. The work will be filmed as it grows and then shown as a time lapse film on the Herbert's YouTube channel.
Participants will help to decorate structures that rebuild the city of Dresden and which at the same time will sensitively address themes of peace and reconciliation
- Any age