Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is the perfect place to delve into Coventry’s history and engage with art and culture.
Investigate the natural world, modern art, and the Old Masters. Wander through dazzling interactive displays, and enjoy the latest exhibitions while admiring the building’s unique architecture.
As well as the art gallery’s ever-changing displays which are often created in partnership with national museums, the Herbert offers a wide range of detailed talks, fantastic events and inventive workshops for adults and families. The Herbert Art Gallery encourages creativity, exploration and fun.
Gain a fresh perspective on the legend of Lady Godiva, discover your ancestors’ history in the Coventry Archives, and explore British & European paintings from the 1500s onwards. All of this is just a stone’s throw away from Coventry Cathedral.
Our permanent galleries range from the Visual Arts, to Social and Industrial History, Archaeology and Natural History, there is something for every visitor. The Herbert is also home to Coventry Archives, the city’s destination for historical documents, photographs, maps and archival materials.
You can also book special tours of the Old Grammar School and Medieval Undercroft should you wish to explore Coventry’s rich history further.
Museum, Gallery, Archive
We are reopening!
We are delighted to announce that after 15 weeks of closure, we now have a confirmed date on which we can welcome visitors back. Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Archives and Tourist Information will reopen to the public on Monday 3 August 2020.
Mon-Sat 10am - 4pm
Sun 12pm - 4pm
Archaeology, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History
The Herbert has extensive and wide ranging collections which are grouped under four broad headings:
• Visual Arts
• Social and Industrial History
• Natural History
The museum collections contain hundreds of thousands of items ranging from tiny insects to large industrial machinery like a jacquard loom, and from everyday household objects to fine paintings by important artists.
Work on Windows: The Herbert in a new Perspective
- 14 August — 31 October 2020
The exhibition is in response to the artwork produced and displayed in the windows of thousands of homes during the recent lockdown. Each commission will be directly painted, drawn or stuck onto the external windows which overlook the Herbert terrace on Jordan Well and be viewable without having to enter the building. The exhibition should provide access to art for individuals who may not yet feel comfortable entering public buildings but still want to view art offline.
The five artists being commissioned come from varied backgrounds; their styles feature delicate linework, unique illustrations, fantastical creatures, abstract forms and more. The inspiration for all commissions derives from forty visual art and social history items within Herbert’s own collection, and will bring an exciting newfound perspective to familiar objects.
You can even see the work being created if you visit the Herbert on one, or more, of the following dates:
11 August: Claire Scully
11 August: Evie Kendrick
13 – 14 August: Tarla Patel
13 – 14 August: Thomas Cardiff
Please be aware that artist install dates are estimated and may change or alter at any time.
Midlands based artist kid30 (smallkid) has been painting graffiti for over two decades. He is well known for his cleanly painted bold characters and his unique and instantly recognisable works are prominent on the streets of the UK. His recent work focuses on mash ups of favourite cartoon characters from his childhood.
Tarla Patel is an artist and archivist of her father’s photography collection, the Masterji Archive. Her work captures transient nature of people and places. She is influenced by images of the past and uses them to create memories in the present. Her art explores memories and place as well as identity and belonging through migration.
Claire Scully is a multi-disciplinary Illustrator, author and educator specialising in drawing. Her work focuses on pattern and line, how images are constructed through details and the importance of the minutia within visual language. In her research and drawing practice, Scully strives to answer the questions of ‘what lies beyond the horizon’ by looking at the notion of landscape, memory and projections of the unknown.
Evie Kendrick is a 15-year-old digital artist based in Coventry. She has been developing her illustration skills over the past five years, mainly using Procreate on her iPad Pro. She experiments with a variety of styles and likes to draw animals, a favourite being cats. Kendrick often incorporates these characters into her own crafted narratives.
Alongside tattooing, Thomas Cardiff has also been involved in developing several projects within the fashion and music industries in London which gives him the wealth of opportunities to stay creative. Moving forward, Cardiff’s focus is stepping out of the tattoo industry and pushing forward into the world of art. As an illustrator, he is drawn to the works of classical oil painters and bases a lot of work on this style along with a love of abstract art and modernism.
Works on Windows will be viewable any day at any time, but please keep in mind that some of the artworks might not be viewable at certain times of the day due to reflections and weather conditions.
- Any age
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum