An invitation has been extended to Coventry creatives to register their interest and submit ideas for a series of commission opportunities to decorate the city’s 1960s modernist railway station.
The call will see the current listed station building improved as part of the wider station masterplan, which includes the current work ongoing to create a second footbridge, new station entrance building and 633 space multi-storey car park – all with improved accessibility.
The planned improvements for the existing station building aim to prepare it for an influx of visitors during Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture year in 2021.
Working in partnership with Avanti West Coast, the City Council is invited artists and designers alike to submit their ideas for four briefs:
- multi-functional seating and a micro park installation
- refurbishment of the outdoor ‘Welcome to Coventry’ sign on Platform Four
- vinyl treatment for the existing station windows
- mural for the car park facade next to Platform One
Those interested are asked to express their interest before 20 November, by registering on the City Council’s artist database.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle stressed the importance of the project, being the first and last things visitors to the city will see as they await or disembark trains.
He continued, “the station is the fastest growing outside London and although the original building is listed we can work within that to make some small but important improvements.”
Councillor David Welsh urged the city’s “very talented local artists” to get involved in creating a lasting legacy to be enjoyed by visitors and local people alike.