City of Culture 2021 Projects

City of Culture 2021 Projects

As one of the principal partners of the City of Culture Trust, we invited staff and students to apply for seed funding for innovative projects related to UK City of Culture 2021.

The winning projects celebrate the culture and people of Coventry by engaging with staff, students and the local community. Some of these initiatives include working with local schools to educate young people about mental well-being using creative activities and the creation of a photo exhibition celebrating the cultures of Coventry.

Learn more about these projects.

This page will continue to be updated as and when more projects have been completed. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, there have been some unexpected delays.

Student Projects

This project, led by Alice Cobert, will focus on keeping his legacy alive through the lens of our current city landscape by creating large scale photo montages, combining the black and white archival images with modern-day photographs of Coventry.

old car and bicycle
coventry canals
coventry modelling


plane modelling
old lanchester street

Led by Alvyda Alaburdaite, Green Cov will aim to focus public attention to the threat of anthropogenic climate change.  Local communities, schools, artists, and retirees will be invited to collaborate in the creation of a community-made exhibition.

tree of junk
tree of junk project

Staff Projects

A collaboration between Coventry University dance students, Off-Balance Dance, dance graduates and eight schools across the city including primary schools and special schools; Interwoven is a project is designed to help young people celebrate dance across the city.

Led by Andrea Barzey, Associate Head of Performing Arts, at Coventry University, Interwoven will look to close boundaries and bring people together through dance, with the schools being located across a city which features many different cultural and socioeconomic experiences to be shared and learned from.

dance project
interwoven cultural project

A multimedia project that will document the legacy of dance in the city of Coventry.

The aim is to create three films, four podcasts and five visual banners which will be displayed in the city using projectors.

Led by Rosemary Cisneros, Research Fellow, in the Faculty Research Centre for Dance Research, the project aims to bring forward a range of dance artists, festival organisers, dance schools and local groups, among other key people, and allow them to share their stories with the wider Coventry community.

Led by Dr Phillip Gould, Associate Head of School, School of Life Sciences, this project aims to provide insights into infection.

An innovative mix of lecture, practical demonstration and dance, asking audiences to better understand the role of science in researching and combating antimicrobial resistance.

Learn more about the Transmission project.

An interdisciplinary project led by Ralph Kenna, Professor in the Faculty Research Centre in Fluid and Complex Systems, which marries humanities and mathematics to investigate narrative sources such as chronicles, myths and folk tales across nations to deliver insight into their unifying and distinguishing characteristics and thereby how cultures spread and evolve.

Learn more about Maths meets Myths.

This project will disseminate in-depth discussions with the people who made Coventry’s newspapers.

Led by Rachael Matthews, Associate Head of School, School of Media and Performing Arts and a former journalist, this project takes the form of a video tells the story of newspapers from the perspective of editorial staff and those working in printing and distribution.

This project will provide a first-hand account of the role the local press played in shaping Coventry in the second half of the twentieth century.


This project, led by Annette Roebuck, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, will co-produce a film to explore how key public health issues such as obesity, smoking, exercise, and loneliness, are experienced by vulnerable people and how health messages may be communicated more effectively to be inclusive to all.
The film is intended to highlight health messages and to challenge negative perceptions of vulnerable service users.

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