Chapel of Many

4th -11th October 2011 @Coventry Cathedral Ruins

A Space of Reconciliation, Public Debate and Artful Equiry…

The Chapel of Many is the proposed third Chapel of Coventry Cathedral, augmenting the Chapel of Unity and the Chapel of Industry – the third is a Chapel that can reach out into the world, that can appear anywhere, that can host different forms of gatherings. The Chapel of many will first appear in the Cathedral ruins in 4th -11th October 2018

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The walls of the Chapel are formed of chairs, creating a protected intimate space for contemplation, exhibition, and artful enquiry. As people gather, the chairs are removed, creating windows to the surroundings, framing a view to the outside world and creating the connection be-tween the interior and exterior. Depending on the time of day, light begins to flood in or out. As more gather, the space transforms from being enclosed to becoming fully open and transparent.

The gathering of people brings light, brings transparency. The Chapel will be a beacon in the public realm, for experimental workshops, as a research tool for performance and public debate. The pavilion will be curated with a series of events during the residency within the ruins of Coventry Cathedral.

Symbolically the pavilion stands for peace – deploy-able to places of conflict where the gathering of people at a human scale is required. – a powerful symbolic narrative that builds on the identity of Coventry as a space of reconciliation.

The Chapel of Many is developed in partnership


PIVOT Support is a charitable organisation that was formed in 2015 with the aim of promoting wellbeing. The project provided a number of social activities as a way to facilitate access for its users to a wider community network.

PIVOT  support is the umbrella organisation for a number of different projects which explored inclusive ideals through different methods of engagement. All are seen as platform and catalyst to community cohesion…

The Land Rights Timeline explores an alternative history of land rights in London, England since its existence as Londinium in 54BC. The categorisation, ownership and use of land is seen as the key indicator of the relationship between citizens and their representatives – where lines of list rights, practices and structures can be observed through the mapping process.

This is a project produced under the auspices of The New Putney Detates, a link to the website and projects can be found here

Design and build of a temporary print studio

Located at The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

This project was the design and build of a temporary print studio with artists Afshin Dehkordi and Saeed Taji Farouky. Located on the 2nd Floor of the Southbank Centre  between June 21st – 25th 2017.

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Artists Afshin Dehkordi and Saeed Taji Farouky have been collaborating with a group of young refugees and asylum seekers. Together they have been learning monotype printmaking. During each session, a young person passes on their newly acquired printmaking skills to a member of the public.

The conditions that give rise to the psychiatric definition of trauma are loss, threat and loss of social meaning. This project explores how social meaning can be fostered through the principles of gift-giving.

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This installation is a refuge, a sanctuary, a safe space, as well as a printmaking studio to research, collect and explore ideas. A place to share a creative process where the artists take a step back and the installation is activated by the public and the young people. The project continues with a conference on art, psychiatry and forced displacement and a publication in 2017.

The artists would like to thank Southbank Centre, Wellcome Trust and Amiel and Melburn Trust for their kind support, psychiatrists Dr Matthew Hodges, Dr Kamran Saeedi, Carl Fraser and the young people from Amazing People of the World, based in Croydon.

A big thank you to everyone who helped with the design and construction!

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Refugee week at Southbank Centre is celebrated in partnership with Counterpoint Arts

This project is an impact assessment of publicly funded small scale urban interventions which took place in North London between 2012 – 2014


Our interests lie in the moment when regeneration schemes meet the independent structures of the high street – how the language and resilience and the ‘democracy’ of the space is affected.  We are comparing and reflecting on different delivery strategies and project outputs. We wish to explore and highlight personal stories of the relationship between funders, designers and traders.

We are a sub research group funded by the CTPSR – Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University and are part of the research group – Communities and Change.

The group consists of Sebastian Hicks, Aoife Donnelly and Dr. Carl Fraser – two architects who were involved in several of the shop front schemes and an architectural theorist with a focus on ‘the changing social, political and spatial terrains of neo-liberal London’.

‘TRANSitions’ is a sculptural installation, a collaboration between London-based artist James Seow and architect Carl Fraser

This piece draws on both the current and historic context of the site, a Thames Water pumping station appropriated and re-imagined as an indoor climbing Centre.

A location map can be found here

Using wire, cable ties and climbing ropes, they have transformed this old Victoria water pumping station in Stoke Newington into an organism characterised by the contrast between its fragility and utilitarian properties.

‘TRANSitions’ is a shifting mass, a volume experienced as a constant change of perspectives and forms as a way to explore the viewer’s relationship within the space.

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