Arts in Parliament

Godiva Awakes

Arts in Parliament brings a special exhibition for Godvia Awakes, the West Midland's commission for the Art's Council's Artists Taking the Lead programme for the Cultural Olympiad.

Imagineer Productions have created a 10 metre high marionette of Lady Godiva, one of the West Midlands’ most famous icons. Built from aluminium and carbon fibre, she is a moving, breathing monument - a potent symbol of equality, fair play and justice.

This special exhibition in Westminster Hall will present a photographic and film record of Godiva’s 21st Century quest, her extraordinary journey from Coventry to London. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the Book of Intent and Godiva’s coat.

The exhibition

The Book of Intent is an enormous aluminium book with twelve pages created by young people from the West Midlands and their global partners about how the world could be a fairer and better place.

Reflecting the West Midlands’ industrial and engineering heritage, Godiva’s coat has been crafted by local artists, and designed by Julia O’Connell. Godiva’s undergarments have been designed by Zandra Rhodes.
The exhibition will pre-empt Godiva’s appearance in the centre of London where she will then lead the Thames Night Time Carnival as part of the closing party for the Paralympic Games.

Saturday 1 September to Friday 7 September

This event has already taken place.

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