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LGBTQ History Month event: Unveiling Coventry’s AIDS Memorial Quilt

Please join us for the unveiling of Coventry’s own AIDS Memorial Quilt at St Mary’s Guildhall, commissioned by Coventry Pride with funding from Public Health. The unveiling will be accompanied by a talk about the significance of the quilt, and a zine making workshop led by Coventry Queer Writers.

Doors will open at 17:50, for a start time of 18:00.

The Cover Up Quilts Project is a community arts and education project conceived by Birmingham based artist, HIV activist and founder of the Birmingham AIDS and HIV memorial (BAHM), Garry Jones. The project is inspired by the NAMES project AIDS memorial quilt which began in San Francisco in 1985 with the aim of celebrating the lives of those lost to AIDS related causes. It rose to become the largest community folk art project in the world. The Cover Up Quilts Project has brought together 40 organisations and community groups to commemorate individuals and organisations associated with HIV/AIDS as well as important milestones in the 40 years since the first UK HIV diagnosis. Each group was paired with a local artist to realise their vision and produce a quilt panel. As well as producing the panels, the artist workshops served as an opportunity for education and to discuss and normalise conversations around HIV/ AIDS.

Additional Information

Never been to St Mary's Guildhall? You can find our more on our website. Accessibility For everyone to enjoy St Mary’s Guildhall, there is a lift to the first floor and rising platform into the Muniment Room. There is a new spiral staircase to the 2nd floor and where access is not step free, 360 panoramic views of the rooms are available on the digital tour tablets. There are toilets and baby changing facilities on the ground floor located opposite the Cloisters. Parking for St Mary's Guildhall If you’re planning a trip to St Mary’s Guildhall by car, you can park in the city centre at a variety of available car parks. The closest ones are: Salt Lane Multi-Storey Grove Street surface car park For further details please visit Parking - Coventry City Council