"An exhibition celebrating iconic people"
Guz Khan will star in a national gallery exhibition showcasing Coventry icons.
The comedian, who is from Coventry, has been selected to feature alongside other prominent figures from the city in the exhibition of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Barr’s Hill School students have helped to curate the exhibition, titled Creative Connections.
The exhibition includes portraits recently acquired for the National Portrait Gallerys’ permanent collection.
This includes Rankin’s photograph of Guz Khan, Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana, Coventry North West MP Taiwo Owatemi, taken by Charlotte Hadden.
Creative Connections comes to Coventry in March 2022. It will remain on show at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum until May 2022.
It is a free exhibition and it includes the work of Barr’s Hill School students.
They worked with artist Maryam Wahid and the Herbert’s learning and engagement team to explore the collections of the two galleries.
Their collaboration will help celebrate the stories of people associated with Coventry.
Francis Nielsen, culture and creative director of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, said:
“We are thrilled to be working with the National Portrait Gallery, artist Maryam Wahid and students from Barr’s Hill School to present Creative Connections at the Herbert this spring.
“An exhibition celebrating iconic people linked with Coventry seems an incredibly fitting show to have on display as we end our celebrations as UK City of Culture.”
Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of London’s National Portrait Gallery added:
“We are delighted to be partnering with the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum on Creative Connections as part of our transformational Inspiring People project.
“By working in collaboration with organisations across the UK we hope to make our portraits accessible to many more people, enabling them to seek out their stories within our collection.”
Creative Connections is a National Portrait Gallery project in partnership with the Herbert Gallery & Museum.
Creative Connections is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund with the support of the Palley family.
It is free and on display at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum from March 4 to May 30, 2022.