Soak up some culture from Coventry Transport Museum and The Herbert online

The Coventry Open 2020, hosted by the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, can now also be viewed digitally at home.

In light of the present coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the country, most of the Coventry’s cultural hotspots are sadly closed to the public and will inevitably continue to be for weeks, if not months, to come.

However, this doesn’t have to stop you from getting your fair share of history and culture – without leaving the house.

You can still soak up art, objects and exhibitions from the city’s museums and art galleries thanks to Coventry Collections’ online catalogue.

With over 300,000 catalogue entries that can currently be read online, Coventry Collections hosts an accumulation of photographs and detailed information on art, objects and artefacts found in The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Transport Museum and Coventry Archives.

Collection highlights include everything from a classic Daimler Royal Limousine motor car, built for Queen Mary and on show at the Coventry Transport Museum, to an air raid precaution gas mask from the Second World War.

Just because we are all stuck indoors, does not mean we have to forgo the free exhibits our city has on offer.

On top of that, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to bring Coventry Open 2020 to our homes.

The eleventh Coventry Open, an inspiring exhibition showcasing a variety of talent from across Coventry and the wider region, can now be viewed digitally, in both video and image form.

Over 340 pieces were entered into the competition from artists across the region. The panel only selected 58 works to be displayed.

Gabrielle Roberts-Dalton was awarded the winning prize for her drawing The Conversation. Gabrielle’s work forms part of her Thin Tissue series of over 50 paintings and drawings exploring the themes of the menopause.

The exhibition helps the Herbert support both new and established artists in the region as well as encouraging local artists to get involved and have their work on display in the city.

You can view Coventry Open 2020, and other past exhibitions from the Herbert, digitally at their Google Arts & Culture page, found here artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-herbert-museum-and-art-gallery.

Coventry Collection’s catalogue can be found at coventrycollections.org.