The Daimler Powerhouse welcomed a special visitor today, The Prince of Wales, who, with The Duchess of Cornwall, was in Coventry to celebrate the start of Coventry’s year as the UK’s City of Culture 2021.
Met by Roger Medwell, Chair of Imagineer, Jane Hytch CEO Imagineer, Robert Wigley, Chairman of The Wigley Group and Allan Leighton, Chairman of the Canal & River Trust, His Royal Highness was guided on a short tour of the Daimler Powerhouse meeting learning disabled artist Jack Foulks and Open Theatre Director Richard Hayhow hearing more about Jack’s new public art commission for City of Culture 2021, Jack’s Frogs. Inspired by his commitment to saving wildlife in the city, Jack’s project will come to life later this year with a public sculpture and public art trail, watch out for more information.
His Royal Highness was also introduced to Artistic Director Kathi Leahy to hear about a new Imagineer project FLOW – Future Life of Our Oceans Wealth – engaging people with blue spaces and ocean recovery. Expect more announcements about FLOW in the coming months. The project will be realised through community engagement, social activism and performance art and engineering.
The Prince of Wales visit to the Daimler Powerhouse finished with an introduction to Imagineer’s Bridge2Bamboo project led by Artistic Director Orit Azaz. This new project, in development for the Commonwealth Games cultural programme in 2022, asks the question – is bamboo potentially the most sustainable building material on the planet? Keep an eye out for Bridge residencies taking place later this year.
Roger Medwell, Chair of Imagineer said: “It was wonderful to welcome His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales to the newly developed Daimler Powerhouse and to be able to show him a snap shot of the kind of public arts projects being created for the City of Culture 2021 and beyond.
“The Daimler Powerhouse is a space for future generations of artists and creative engineers we were honoured to be able to demonstrate to The Prince of Wales the range of sustainable projects artists and engineers are imagining and making real right here in Coventry.”