TABLE: A project with City Arcadia and Yoana Krasteva

This month, Artspace curators Laura Elliott & Michael Mayhew with Coventry University Architecture graduate Yoana Krasteva, are marking the beginning and end of Coventry Peace Festival by inviting twenty-four people to join them for a meal; sharing in food from across the world and good conversation in the 1960s ‘City Arcade’ shopping precinct.

Part of Artspace’s two-year City Arcadia project exploring the past, present and imagined future of Coventry city centre, these creative collaborators are designing and building a 32-foot long TABLE that will bring people together to celebrate the city’s unique role as a City of Peace, Reconciliation and Equality.

The meals will be a chance to talk about future/community in Coventry city centre between the varying faiths, cultures and nationalities that flourish within it and to enjoy the many foods that are available to its inhabitants because of Coventry’s diverse make up.

The design and build templates for the TABLE will be published and sent to arts and community organisations throughout Coventry’s sister cities and the world. The Coventry TABLE will continue to act as a space for bringing people together in the city and its next stop will be FarGo Creative Village.

Yoana, the TABLE designer, says:

“What better social activity do human beings partake in than the sharing of food? Food is the celebration of life and people and is an essential part of every festival. Food plays a crucial role in building communities, it should be shared with other people.

Sharing food and conversation brings people together and feeds us on multiple levels. I’ve tried to design a table for people to become not only community, but family.”

For more information about the TABLE, the meals and what happens next contact Laura & Michael at curators@coventry-artspace.co.uk, Tweet us @covartspace @thisismayhew or Facebook us www.facebook.com/MichaelLauraCityArcadia

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