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Warwickshire 2021 Culture Guide

George Maguire

The county of Warwickshire sits in the West Midlands. Home to destinations such as Nuneaton (from ‘settlement by water’), Rugby, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, which is widely known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the home to Europe’s largest butterfly farm it’s a great place to explore… Let’s have a look at some of the freshest cultural offerings in Warwickshire.

 

1 Explore the AR experience Folklorica @ Warwick Arts Centres – link here

Folklorica. Link here.

Located at Warwick Arts Centre, the year-long augmented reality outdoor experience that is Folklorica was created by innovative artist Edie Jo Murray from Coventry. Consisting of local folklore-based animated digital sculptures, expect to meet and virtually position characters such as the legendary Coventry’s elephant and Warwickshire’s bear in this alternative exhibition at the University of Warwick.

 

To get in on the action, scan the QR codes outside the Arts Centre using your smartphone. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #folklorica if you’re joining in on this playful and creative project!

 

Where? Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL.

When? 17th May 2021 till 17th May 2022.

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2 Visit the Tudor built Coughton Court @ Alcester – link here

Tudor-built Coughton Court. Link here

Home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years (and counting), the story of National Trust treasure Coughton Court is inseparable with nineteenth century Catholic emancipation. Home to a stunning collection of beautiful Tudor buildings with interior treasures such as a ‘family album’ of portraits and masterfully cared for gardens, Coughton is a somewhat enchanting step back in time.

 

Where? Coughton Court, Coughton, Alcester B49 5JA.

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3 Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace @ Stratford-upon-Avon – link here

Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Link here.

Home to the famous bard’s place of birth, Shakespeare’s Birthplace is now reopen to the public. Accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide, you will be able to navigate this grand house, exploring collections that shine a light on who the storys-mith was and how he continues to exert his quill on the modern world.

 

If the house whets your appetite, make sure to check out Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. Pre-booked tickets only.

 

Where? Henley St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6QW

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4 Enjoy Rebecca Louise Law’s installation ‘Seasons’ @ Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park – link here

Artist Rebecca Louise Law in action. Link here.

Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park’s new exhibition Seasons fills the largest gallery space that they have in a stunning way. Composed of a herculean 250,000 dried flowers (suspended with copper wires), the works is created by globally exhibiting artist Rebecca Louise Law whom works predominately with natural materials. A sensory journey that reflects a British year during lockdown, this is a sensory journey that you will want to check out.

 

When? Exhibiting until Mon 30th August.

Where? Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ.

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