PICTURING HIGH STREETS LEGACY PROJECT : Coventry, Tim Mills

PICTURING HIGH STREETS LEGACY PROJECT

Following on from his one year residency in Coventry’s distinct Heritage Action Zone artist and curator Tim Mills is leading a legacy project that stems from his engagement with the communities on the Burges. A third of the shops in the Burges are occupied by fast-food restaurants and takeaways, with bicycle delivery riders forming a significant community of people that provide food courier services throughout the city. Coventry has a remarkable bicycle manufacturing heritage. From the first velocipedes built in 1868, the city went on to become the home of the British cycle industry and at one time produced the greatest output of cycles in the world.

Building on his Residency and the transport heritage of the city Tim Mills will explore the history of the bike industry whilst involving the delivery riders on The Burges to produce a contemporary portrait that highlights their lives and work. The project will include stories of migration/refugees in relation to Coventry’s role as a city of peace and reconciliation in the interpretation of the photographs. As with his Residency this project explores industries that defined the city of the past and those that shape it today; examining ideas of arrivals, departures and transience; and working with an important community of people that provide goods and services in the area.

The project will culminate in an installation and event at Coventry Transport Museum and a number of associated activities.

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