Dawinder Bansal sitting in the living room on the sofa
Dee Patel, Outroslide Photography

Curious Objects of Women’s Independence

To celebrate the re-opening of our Mead Gallery, we're coordinating a community visual arts project that explores key themes from George Eliot's Middlemarch – A Study of Provincial Life.

What's the project about?

Middlemarch recalls a time when George Eliot was living in Coventry. We have commissioned award-winning artist Dawinder Bansal to make a new work that explores key themes of this novel.

For a year, women from different communities in Coventry will have the opportunity to come together with artists to create an exhibition that uncovers the lives of women in our city today.

This major new exhibition will be at the Mead Gallery in May 2022 entitled Curious Objects. It will mark 150 years since the publication of Middlemarch and the finale of City of Culture at Warwick Arts Centre. The exhibition will celebrate the voices, courage and curiosity of women from Coventry. Find out more about the project and how you can get involved. 

Dawinder Basal is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts, serves on the Diversity Board at ITV Central and is an Arts Advisor to the Jerwood Arts Foundation. Her recent commissions include: We Found Love In The 80s (Barbican 2020) , Asian Women & Cars: The Road to Independence (Multistory 2019, V&A 2020), Jambo Cinema (BFI for London Film Festival 2020, New Art Exchange 2020, Barbican 2019) and The Making of a South Asian Wedding (National Festival of Making 2018).