A VERY special guest will be welcomed to Coventry Peace Orchard on Saturday (June 19) to launch an art festival.
Lynval Golding from the Specials who will be joining Coun Bally Singh to open the new Peace Orchard mural at Coundon Hall Park, signalling the start of the this summer’s Art in the Orchard.
The mural painted by local artist Katie O’Sullivan is based on the ideas generated by school children from Cardinal Newman School and Coventry Park Rangers.
The free event forms part of the region-wide Warwickshire Open Studios and will feature activities and artworks from a range of artists.
The Peace Orchard artist in residence Michala Gyetvai will be displaying her work and there will also be an opportunity to sign up to workshops with her to create a giant peace picnic blanket.
Local organisation Team Springboard will show people a range of crafts and nature-based activities, along with work from local artists Andy Farr, Christopher Appleby, Mark Andrews and the director of the Peace Orchard, Heather Davison.
International artist Ranbir Kaur will also be installing a giant flower rangoli.
Coventry Peace Orchard was the dream of the late Coventry D-Day veteran, 94-year-old Dennis Davison BEM CDG.
For many years he has wanted to see an apple orchard planted in Coventry as a legacy to the apple orchards of Normandy where he and many others fought for peace in 1944 as part of the D-Day campaign.
Dennis’ daughter Heather said she was delighted Lynval and Coun Singh were launching the mural and with the exciting Art in the Orchard line-up.
“We hope people will take up the opportunity to come and enjoy the very special place which is Coventry Peace Orchard,” she said. “The mural has been made possible by support from Coventry Park Rangers, the City’s Business Improvement District team and Coventry City of Culture Trust for which we are extremely grateful.”