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Artworks from The Herbert go on Display in 10 Downing Street!

10 Downing Street

Photo: Tim Hammond
The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum has loaned 10 artworks for display in 10 Downing Street through the Government Art Collection. The works tell a story of Britain and Coventry through 20th century paintings from the Museum’s 'British Life and Landscape' Collection started in the late 1950s by the Herbert’s first Art Director John Hewitt.

 The first display at 10 Downing Street features works by Mary Adshead, Dorothy Annan, Simon Barry, Jane Sutton, Nancy Upshall and Coventry Cathedral’s architect, Basil Spence, all of whom have a Coventry connection. The works depict the industry, architecture and people of Coventry and Warwickshire. 

The second display features works that show spaces of industry and leisure. A beach scene by Margaret Green is populated by a group of day-trippers from a mining village dressed in their Sunday best, whilst a serene café interior by John Fitton is ‘well within the experience of everyone’, according to Hewitt.

Displayed in two entrance areas of 10 Downing Street from 4 October 2021 for a year, the works will be seen by staff and visitors to the building.

Arts Minister Lord Parkinson said:

“It's brilliant that these paintings from the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum will be displayed in 10 Downing Street as part of Coventry UK City of Culture.

“These fascinating works will be enjoyed by staff and visitors bringing the story of the people of Coventry to an even wider audience.”