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Coventry UK City of Culture - Window design competition for schools

The RIBA has teamed up with Coventry UK City of Culture and the Coventry Business Improvement District to create a design competition for students across Warwickshire. This competition is part of an initiative called The Show Windows which sees artists, designers and architects transform the shop windows of Coventry city centre.

To enter, each student must submit their window design by drawing and annotating their ideas on the template provided in the relevant information pack.

The winning entry will be turned into a real-life display by an architect, who will also visit the winning school to speak to students about the final piece and about life as an architect.

The competition is sponsored by Ibstock and closes at 5pm on 11 October 2021. Teachers can enter their students into the competition but students cannot enter themselves.

We are also recruiting architects to deliver workshops to schools in Coventry as part of the Coventry UK City of Culture programme. Sign up using the Architecture Ambassadors registration form.

How can teachers enter their students?

Teachers can enter their students into the competition. Download the teachers' submission form to do so. Please also see the relevant information pack.

Key Stage 1

The Key Stage 1 theme is Coventry, a City of Hope. We want students to design a window display which shows what they hope Coventry will look like in the future.

Key Stage 1 students should draw and annotate their ideas on the entry template. Download the Key Stage 1 information pack for the entry template and further details.

Key Stage 2

The Key Stage 2 theme is Coventry, a City of Light. Students will need to create a window display which shows how Coventry could be a city of light, either physically or symbolically.

Key Stage 2 should draw and annotate their ideas on the entry template. Download the Key Stage 2 information pack for the entry template and further details.

Secondary schools

The theme for secondary school students (Key Stages 3 and 4) is Coventry, a City of Hope. Students will need to create a window display which shows what they hope Coventry will be like in the future. The display will need to convey this hope in either a real or abstract form and must link to the city's architecture.

Secondary school students should draw and annotate their ideas on the entry template. Download the secondary schools information pack (Key Stages 3 and 4) for the entry template and further details.

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