On Tuesday 6th March between the hours of 10:00 and 12:30, 50 Graphic Design and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design students from Coventry University braved the cold streets to take part in a war of the arts. The students worked as teams alongside a professional illustrator to create a themed illustration spanning five of Winvic’s hoarding boards on site at Fairfax Street Coventry.
The “Art Battle” consisted of five students taking possession of the hoarding for five minutes, before the next troop were sounded in to take their battle stations. The theme celebrated 50 years of exhibitions at Coventry University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the aftermath of the battle saw the hoarding exhibiting a creative clash of gold and black individual art pieces, unite.
This pilot project was a result of Winvic’s continued support of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, that was set up by the construction industry to improve its image. Winvic reached out to local education institutes to see if there was a way in which they could engage the local community whilst construction of a 1,192-bedroom student accommodation was underway. This resulted in a successful “Art Battle” with Coventry University, that enabled Winvic to give the first-year students the opportunity to exhibit their work in a more open and engaging environment as part of their course.
The success of this project has resulted in talks of future battles with themes still to be finalised, something that Winvic is very proud to be supporting.