366 places in Coventry to be painted 'Moving Blue' ahead of UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture has worked with The Weaver’s House and Uncommon Creative Studio to find a distinctive colour, dubbed 'Moving Blue'.

Whether its the dye used in the city’s medieval weaving trade, the colour of Coventry City’s shirts or the Blue Ribbon roundabout, Coventry's history runs blue. Coventry’s historic relationship with the colour will be brought to life across the course of this year with 366 properties and objects all being painted this particular shade.

Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Moving is a word often associated with Coventry – from our history as pioneers in the transport industry, to our famous welcome to those who have relocated from across the world, to our culture which has stirred people for centuries, this really is a city that moves.

“The colour blue is synonymous with Coventry and, while nobody has ever been able to quite pin down the actual Coventry Blue, we think this project is a great way for people to come together as we head towards 2021. Moving Blue is our very own shade and will be visible all over Coventry in the next year.”

While Coventry has its own shade of blue, the recipe has been lost over time. It came from a secret recipe for the dye including water from the River Sherbourne and the quality and type of woad plant used. The new blue will be available for residents and community groups to use on their own properties later in 2020.

If you have an idea for something Coventry could paint Moving Blue, they are asking people to let them knowvia social media, or emailing at movingblue@coventry2021.co.uk.


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