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Coventry City of Culture Trust and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum are delighted to present 'Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken' by the Coventry born artist, designer and activist Daniel Lismore.

This exhibition in his hometown is the first time that his work has gone on display in the UK.

 The exhibition features a major installation ‘An Army of My Life’, which takes inspiration from the Terracotta Army, and features 50 3D sculptures, each of which are modelled on the artist and including a cast of his face, manifestations of Lismore’s life living as sculpture.

The exhibition will examine social, historical and cultural themes central to Lismore’s work and life living as sculpture. He has been a noted advocate of sustainable fashion, which sits at the heart of his artistic practice, a design philosophy that espouses creative re-use, upcycling of materials and reduction of impact on the environment. His relationships with creative communities around the world also inform his work and activism.


We are welcoming school groups to visit 'Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken' on a self-led basis, but tickets do need to be booked in advance. Please note that groups will not be admitted into the exhibition if they are not booked in advance, due to the high demand for this exhibition.

You can enhance your visit with a gallery highlights talk and tour for KS3, 4 & 5, see below for further details.

Gallery Highlights for Schools: 'Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken'

KS3, 4 & 5

90-minute session

Students will be given a tour of the exhibition alongside a private viewing, just for schools, of some of Daniel Lismore’s working sketchbooks. There will also be time for students to do their own sketching in the gallery with our schools Learning Officer, who will encourage them to develop their ideas and interpretations of the artworks on display.

Cost: £2.50 per student, with a minimum charge of £30 for small groups (12 or less), and a minimum charge of £60 for groups of more than 12 students.

To book your group into 'Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken' please contact or call 02476237521.

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