The TABLE at Coventry Cathedral

“The TABLE”, a project with Yoana Krasteva, moves into Coventry Cathedral

City Arcadia is a two-year (June 2014-2016) programme of creative commissions responding to the past, present and imagined future of Coventry city centre with Artspace, Coventry.

It invites people to collaborate with curators Laura Elliott & Michael Mayhew on a series of commissioned ‘propositions’ that celebrate Coventry as a historical test bed for new ideas and innovations and consider the Modernist architectural vision of Coventry’s post-war centre; building a futuristic city that cultivates “the total, harmonious, physical, spiritual and intellectual wellbeing of a city’s inhabitants“.

The TABLE is a City Arcadia commission and collaboration between the project curators and architect Yoana Krasteva, a recent graduate from Coventry University. Elliott & Mayhew worked with Yoana to design and build a table that would specifically bring people together and celebrate the city’s unique role as a city of Peace, Reconciliation & Equality.

The TABLE was constructed with artists and volunteers and was launched for Coventry’s 2014 Peace & Reconciliation Festival, when the 32ft long table was located in City Arcade for two nights and fed 60 people with Egyptian food provided by ‘Cleopatra’s’ restaurant.

Following the success of these Peace Festival events, the Very Revd John Witcombe, Dean of Saint Michael’s Cathedral Coventry has invited The TABLE to undertake a four month residency in the Cathedral as a participatory installation. It was installed the week of Monday 15th June and will become the focus of a series of public events and discussions, including two collaborative dining events that will bring together representatives from the diverse communities that make Coventry what it is.

Elliott & Mayhew say “The TABLE becomes a new and unique iconic object within one of England’s largest pieces of public art, described at the time of its build as ‘A Cathedral for the atomic age’ and recognised today as the public’s favourite 20th Century building. Coventry Cathedral is a land mark Modernist statement and still ranks as one of England’s most progressive & iconic religious sites. We can’t imagine a better location for The TABLE to reside and bring people together for food, conversation and nourishment.”

“A Building for the Future, A TABLE for the Now.”

There will be a free ‘Meet the Architect’ event with Yoana Krasteva and curators Laura Elliott & Michael Mayhew at Coventry Cathedral from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday 1st August. At all other times entrance to the Cathedral is £6 (£5, under 18’s free). Gift Aid entitles free returns for one year.

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