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Herbert Art Gallery & Museum invited five contemporary artists to create work inspired by the Herbert’s collection.

This exhibition has been made in response to the artwork produced and displayed in the windows of thousands of homes during 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.

Works on Windows will be viewable any day at any time, but please keep in mind that some of the artworks may be more difficult to see at certain times of the day due to reflections and weather conditions.

Modern art


Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Jordan Well, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 5QP

024 7623 7521

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