New Coventry people's portraits exhibition now under way in the city centre - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

New Coventry people's portraits exhibition now under way in the city centre

AN EXHIBITION of portraits by local people – including some who are showing their work for the first time – is set to go on display at the Old Rover Showrooms above the Litten Tree pub in Coventry.

PORTRAITS@LTB – which starts on Friday, April 22, and runs until May 19 – will feature a variety of Coventry and Warwickshire artists from beginners to the established.

The exhibition is a collaboration between two volunteer-run community groups – Sitting Rooms of Culture and LTB Showrooms.

A call-out for human based portraits and self-portraits to all CV postcode based artists was promoted through the Sitting Rooms of Culture Facebook page.

The work will be in a variety of styles and mediums, from drawing to digital, stitching to sculpture, painting to potato-print.

Work will be both projected digitally and traditionally hung through the exhibition. Dhillon’s Sky Blue Tavern will also be showing some of the work digitally on huge screens as part of its Portrait and Pint event.

The LTB Showrooms is in the Bull Yard in the city centre, on two huge floors of a building that has a rich history.

Purpose-built as the first ever car showrooms in Coventry, Rover cars were brought there for sale from a nearby factory.

After Rover departed, the building was used as the department store Intershop, and now the ground floor is the Litten Tree pub.

Local businessman Alan Denyer transformed the two upper derelict floors last summer, with the help of volunteers, into an exhibition and events venue for local people.

He said: “The LTB is a far cry from white cube style galleries the art world mostly offers. We think it creates a more informal yet fabulous setting for a major local exhibition.”

Mary Courtney from Sitting Rooms of Culture said there was so much talent and creativity in Coventry but most of it went unnoticed.

“We want it shouted about, celebrated and enjoyed. Over the last two years we’ve seen thousands of examples of local art on the Sitting Rooms of Culture Facebook Group.

“Now we want to see it for real, in a huge exhibition at the LTB”.

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