Guz Khan will star in an exhibition at the National Gallery in Coventry

Coventry’s Guz Khan is due to star in a National Gallery exhibition featuring Coventry icons.

The local comic has been chosen to feature alongside other personalities from the city in the exhibition of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

Students from Barr’s Hill School helped organize the exhibit, titled “Creative Connections.”


The exhibition includes portraits recently acquired for the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, including Rankin’s photograph of comedian and actor Guz Khan, politicians Zarah Sultana, MP for Coventry South, and Taiwo Owatemi, MP for Coventry North West and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. , taken by Charlotte Hadden.

‘Creative Connections’ arrives in Coventry in March and will remain on display at the Herbert Gallery & Museum until May.

The free exhibition includes the work of students from Barr’s Hill School, who worked with artist Maryam Wahid and Herbert’s learning and engagement team to explore the collections of both galleries.

Their collaborative work helps celebrate the inspiring stories of people associated with Coventry.

This portrait by The Selecter is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of portraits on loan to the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry. The exhibition, Creative Connections, which opens March 4 and will run until May 30, 2022.

Francis Nielsen, Cultural and Creative Director of the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, said: “We are delighted to be working with the National Portrait Gallery, artist Maryam Wahid and students from Barr’s Hill School to bring Creative Connections to Herbert this spring.

“An exhibition celebrating iconic people connected to Coventry seems an incredibly fitting spectacle to put on as we wrap up our celebrations as the UK’s City of Culture.”

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Galler, London, said: “We are delighted to partner with the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum on Creative Connections as part of our transformational Inspiring People project.

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“By working in conjunction with organizations across the UK, we hope to make our portraits accessible to many more people, enabling them to seek out their stories in our collection.”

Creative Connections is a project of the National Portrait Gallery in partnership with the Herbert Gallery & Museum. Creative Connections is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund with support from the Palley family.

It is free and on display at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, from March 4 to May 30.

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