29th Jun, 2022

Coventry-inspired art from city schoolchildren set to take over business windows as part of The Show Windows competition

ARTWORK created by Coventry schoolchildren will be displayed in the windows of three city centre businesses as part of a competition organised for the The Show Windows project.

The competition invited primary and secondary pupils across Coventry and Warwickshire to design a window display showing how Coventry is either ‘The City of Light’ or the ‘City of Hope’.

The winners include Mili Karia, six, from Earlsdon Primary School, who won the Key Stage 1 category.

Local architect Rebecca Smith helped transform her design into a window display for Archer Bassett.

Mili said: “I hope that people will be happy when they see my window and that no-one will ever feel left out or on their own”.

Franco Poretta, from Holy Family Primary School, won best design for the Key Stage 2 category.

Architects from ADP transformed his design into a window display for HSBC.

Franco said: “I hope people will enjoy the bold colours of the flames as well as the rising sun in the background as it lights up.”

The Key Stage 3 category was won by Stella Whelan, 13, from Coundon Court Secondary School.

Stella said: “I would like the butterfly display to give people hope and recognition of the growth and acceptance for people of all areas of Coventry”.

Sophie Draper, Learning Manager at RIBA, said: “We received such an amazing range of design ideas from primary and secondary school children that really captured the qualities of light and hope along with the history and personality of Coventry.

Trish Willetts, Director of Coventry City Centre BID added: “The Show Windows is a project that not only features national artists but also some of our local artistic talent.

“We’re grateful to RIBA for being so involved in this project and can’t wait to see the installations in our businesses’ windows.”

Visit https://smartify.org/venues/the-show-windows] for more information.

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