Art Cafés are vibrant hubs of creativity, based in the Coventry neighbourhoods of Willenhall (The Hagard) and Woodend (Moathouse Community Centre). Artists and local residents co-create events and performances, and develop projects with and for the communities they live in to enjoy.
Art Cafés are developed and led by Beth Allum, Imagineer’s Creative Producer, who is a Willenhall resident.
The Art Cafes are weekly sessions where artists and residents work together to make ideas and projects happen. Ultimately, our hope is that Art Cafes will be run by management groups called Supper Clubs. Residents will meet, share a meal and discuss the kinds of projects they would like to see happen, then go on to organise their project.
In April-June 2018, the Arts Cafes worked on Processions, led by London company Artichoke, and celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage. Coventry textile artists Julia Negus and Julie Joannides worked with women in both Art Café sessions to create a commemorative banner that was part of a national procession of banners in London on 10th June 2018.
Local residents have said ‘Every stitch is valuable and the people that stitch them are valuable’; ‘ I enjoy this because I know there is going to be an end product’
Funding partners include Artichoke and The Heart of England Foundation.
Contact: Beth Allum Beth@imagineerproductions.co.uk