Projects – The Great Warwickshire Show (and Tell)

Thousands of voters earlier this year backed Warwick and helped the town’s Market Hall Museum come top in a national public vote.

Plans are now in full swing for The Great Warwickshire Show (and Tell). On the night of 16th May, Warwick town centre will turn into “The Great Warwickshire Show (and Tell)”. The event will run from 3pm – 10pm on the Market Square in Warwick. It will be a very public exhibition with more than 50 exhibition spaces and roaming performers, all curated by local people and organisation bringing together the fantastic and personal heritage and culture of Warwickshire.

Stalls will be brimming with fascinating objects and manned by people with amazing stories to tell. Each stall will be showing and telling us why they are part of the Warwickshire community.

The line-up for the evening is already varied, including among other things dancing bin men!

The Show and Tell is supported by internationally renowned artist Alex Hartley, made famous by his work with Cultural Olympiad for projects including the 2012 Olympic Games. Alex will be at the event asking people ‘What does Warwickshire need more of…?’ Be it ice cream or sunshine Alex is inviting Warwickshire to print it on to a placard on the 16th May.

Want to get involved?

We are looking for volunteers to help out in a range of roles on the 16th May;

  • Preparing and delivering block printing family workshops with Alex.
  • Stewarding the event, assisting in making the event run smoothly, e.g. signposting stallholders and public, safety .
  • Photographing and documenting the event, helping us record the day.

For more information please contact Sarah Hann at or telephone 01926 736422.


Cllr Colin Hayfield, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customers, said: “Warwick did very well to win the public vote and I’m looking forward to seeing the event in the centre of the town.”

Warwick Rocks and Local events management company, Sketts&Co will be working in partnership with Heritage and Culture Warwickshire to provide the stalls for this unique exhibition, but the stalls will be curated by local people and bring together a fantastic celebration of the heritage and cultural offer of Warwickshire.

Heritage and Culture Warwickshire County Arts Officer Clare Mitchell is thrilled with the outcome, saying: “We are expecting this to be a very different evening to anything held before in Warwick and I’d like to once again thank local businesses and the community for their support.

“We are looking forward to getting started on our project with Alex, and to host a fantastic exhibition of our heritage and cultural contribution, all the things that make Warwickshire a fantastic place to live and work today.”


Alex HartleyAbout the Artist: Alex Hartley’s work addresses complicated and sometimes contradictory attitudes toward the built and natural environments. Encounters with buildings are grounded by conventions and expectations, but Hartley shows us new ways of physically experiencing and thinking about our constructed surroundings – through surface and line, scale and materials, locations and contexts. His practice is wide ranging, comprising wall-based sculptural photographic compositions, room-sized architectural installations and, more recently, unique photographic works with sculptural elements inserted as low-relief into the surfaces of large-scale colour prints. Uniting these works is an investigation of modern architecture and the ways in which it is conceived and presented. Often destabilising ideas of ‘iconic’ architecture, Hartley’s practice allows room for multiple perceptions of and uses for architecture. Born in 1963, Alex Hartley lives and works in London and Devon.