I Am Native returns to the streets of Coventry and asks what inspires you about where you’re from

We are back on the streets of Coventry to find out about how people are inspired by where they are originally from and where they are currently. We will be asking different people in different destinations throughout 2019 as part of our I Am Native project.

Name?
David (left) and Brittany (right)

Where are you originally from?
Milton Keynes and Birmingham

How has your home town or Coventry inspired you and your work?
David: Milton Keynes inspired me to leave! Everything in Coventry is so close and there’s often stuff going on and of course, having multi Wetherspoons is amazing. Brittany: The Birmingham art scene is great, especially in Digbeth, but people are always trying to make Coventry better so that’s great!

Name?
Hong (right)

Where are you originally from?
Hong Kong

How has Coventry inspired you and your work? 
The university is really good, the city is so diverse too.

Name?
Irina

Where are you originally from?
Romania

How has your home town or Coventry inspired you and your work?
In Romania we have lots of traditions and the food is amazing, but Coventry is so multi-cultural and it’s so easy to meet new people and new cultures. Everything here is also a lot more accessible for students.

Name?
Albane

Where are you originally from?
France

How has your home town or Coventry inspired you and your work?
I love meeting new people, I like the accents! English life in general is a lot more friendly than in France, people are nicer here and they care about each other, it’s a great atmosphere and you feel like no one will judge you. The university life is very different compared to France, but I like it.

We will be using the hashtag #IAmNative across our social media channels to showcase the words of those we meet during this project.

All images courtesy of Tia Bryant.

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