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A Tale of Two Streets

Published: Friday, 03 May 2019

Tale of Two Streets, Coventry

A photography exhibition charting two years of work in Coventry has been hailed as a great example of what being UK City of Culture can help to achieve in the city.

Tale of Two Streets, which was launched this week (May 1), highlights the people and places in Foleshill Road and Far Gosford Street and will run until June 2.

City-based Photo Archive Miners (PAM) were commissioned to produce the exhibition and has worked with ten young photographers from the area and with renowned portrait photographer Niall McDiarmid to capture images of the two streets over the past two years.

The resulting work is now being exhibited across the city – from Greyfriars Green to FarGo Village and from Bodyworx Gym to Gurdwara Gura Nanak Parkash.

Tale of Two Streets has been supported by the Coventry City of Culture Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund & Arts Council England, Coventry University, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, MotoFest and Coventry City Council.

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of the Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “When I took on this role, this was exactly the kind of project I hoped we might invest in as part of UK City of Culture.

“It tells people more about who we are – our people, our great places, our different lives – it is an investment in our local photographers giving them a platform to grow and showcase their work in their home cities.

“The work is now being shown on streets and in neighbourhoods all around the city, so has become part of our local cultures. The photographs are captivating and so revealing of a place and time in the city.

“I’d encourage people to get out and see the great work that has been produced with residents in our city, our very own super Humans of Cov.”

Jason Scott Tilley, of PAM, said two years of hard work has paid off.

He said: “The concept behind Tale of Two Streets came out of a conversation during the bidding phase of City of Culture.

“We talked about retail and how habits were changing but then how you have these two streets in the city that are always busy with a real international mix of people and retailers.

“We decided it would be great to capture that and it has all built from there.

“I wanted it to give an opportunity to local, talented photographers and to give them a reason to stay and work in Coventry. We also brought in Niall, who has worked in nearly every big city in the country and it has been great to get his view of Coventry.

“We’d love to see as many people as possible taking the opportunity to see these amazing photos in a range of locations across the city.”

Pictured: Tom Tierney, Alex Taylor, Nilupa Yasmin, Niall McDiarmid, Jason Scott Tilley, Simran Vim, Jonny Bark

Locations, photographer and opening times:

Outdoor Exhibition – Greyfriars Green (all) – open all day

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Nilupa Yasmin) - Monday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Sunday, 12 - 4pm

Edgwick Park, Foleshill (Thomas Amico Padula, Priyanka Ghetia, Stephen Ma) – open all day

Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street (Niall McDiarmid) - Wednesday to Friday, 10:30am - 6pm; Saturday, 9:30am - 6pm;  Sunday, 10am - 4pm.

Bodyworx Gym, Foleshill Road (Thomas Tierney) - Monday to Friday, 6am - 1am;
Saturday, 8am - 6pm; Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Gurdwara Gura Nanak Parkash, Harnall Lane (Simran Vim) - Please call to confirm the opening hours on 024 7622 0960

St Pauls Church, Foleshill Road (Jamie Clarke-Hogg) - Monday, 10am—12 noon (except Bank Holidays); Wednesday and Saturday 10 – 12 and Sunday Service 10 – 12

Coventry Canal Basin (Jonny Bark) – open all day

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