Published Thursday, 14 October 2021
Coventry City Libraries are to super-charge their digital and cultural role in the city with the launch of new project called Digital Spaces, which aims to expand the city library’s digital and cultural offering.
It will do this by creating a Digital Space within the Central Library and undertaking digital outreach via Bell Green, Foleshill and Tile Hill libraries.
Digital Spaces will provide an opportunity for people of different backgrounds, interests, experiences and ages to come together to explore the creative possibilities of technology, art and culture.
This Arts Council funded programme will comprise the following strands of activity:
- High-quality creative Virtual Reality and immersive audio experiences, including award-winning BBC content, will be available to library visitors for free at Central, Bell Green, Foleshill and Tile Hill libraries from 25th October. To book a VR session contact your local library.
- Get it Loud in Libraries Academy will invite a group of young people to participate in a 4-day intensive course of workshops and webinars in digital skills such as filmmaking, photography and social media over the first half of the October Half Term (23-26th October).
- Three community co-creation projects at Tile Hill, Foleshill and Bell Green libraries will give commissioned artist/s and communities access both to the wider digital cultural programme happening in the library venues and to audio-visual archive material relating to Coventry, drawn from our project partners, the BFI and the BBC Archives.
Cllr Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This is a fantastic initiative to develop the city’s digital culture. A place where we can all explore the future of how people create, learn, invent, explore and innovate.
“The space provides an opportunity to go on a VR & Immersive adventure, all whilst having access to tools like printers, computers, workshops, books and more. You can climb Mount Everest, take a trip from the Moon to Mars or even go on a time travelling adventure with Doctor Who.
“This is exactly the kind of stimulating content a modern library service should be offering and as we slowly begin to move to life post-pandemic, this promises to be something exciting we can all look forward to in the city.”
The initiative has support from The Arts Council, The Space and Coventry City Council.
Digital Spaces will officially launch over the October half term.