Sculptural Healing: Show Windows

Running until 13 July

Coventry-based artist Ross McCormick, has created ‘Sculptural Healing’ inside the window at Cat Ballou. It features a Navy Chair – originally commissioned by the US Navy to ‘withstand torpedo blasts’ – set within a tranquil, reflective garden.

The three artworks in the High Street Heritage Action Zone of the Burges and Hales Street are part of the Show Windows, an ambitious series of unique shopfront commissions co-produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust and Coventry Business Improvement District in partnership with the Coventry River Cultural Consortium.

Three artists were commissioned to animate windows on the Burges and Hales Street on the theme of Green Futures – creating portals to other worlds to inspire imagination, adventure and hope.

The artist

Ross McCormick is a Coventry-based artist whose sustainable interests lie in repurposing ready-made or salvaged objects. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts in 2018 and in 2006 achieved a BA in Furniture & Product Design at Nottingham Trent University.

Show Windows

The three recently installed Show Windows on the Burges and Hales Street is the first project of the three-year High Street Heritage Action Zone cultural programme funded by Historic England, in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered by the Coventry River Cultural Consortium led by Coventry University. The Coventry River Cultural Consortium is a collaboration between Historic Coventry Trust, Coventry City Council, Coventry BID, Coventry City of Culture Trust, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, Open Theatre, the Coventry Society and Coventry University.

It builds on the award-winning recent restoration of the buildings by Historic Coventry Trust in collaboration with Coventry BID and Coventry City Council as the national demonstrator project for Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zone programme. The cultural programme aims to make high streets more attractive and engaging places for people to live, work and spend time.

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