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Quinn: A Journey

Quinn is an installation by photographer, artist and writer Lottie Davies.

(Copyright Lottie Davies |

It is the fictional story of a young man, William Henry Quinn, who walks from the south west of England to the far north of Scotland in post-Second World War Britain. Although fictional, the work responds to the real-world experiences of young men and women post-trauma in the early 20th century and now.

The project comprises large-format photographs, moving image pieces, ephemera and text vignettes, taking the viewer through a multi-dimensional experience. It is a meditation on grief, loss, loneliness, the human search for meaning, and the possibility of redemption through time and landscape. 

(Copyright Lottie Davies |

Visitors will be immersed into Quinn’s journey through photographs, written narrative, moving image pieces and objects - creating a multi-dimensional experience.

The artist behind the exhibition, award-winning photographer Lottie Davies presents her first focuses on personal histories entirely fictional body of work in ‘Quinn’. Her work is concerned with stories and personal histories, employing a deliberate reworking of our visual vocabulary, playing on our notions of nostalgia and visual conventions with the intention of evoking a sense of recognition. Her work has been described by the former National Portrait Gallery Director Sandy Nairne as ‘brilliantly imaginative’.

Free Entry | #QuinnCoventry

Curated by Dr Rachel Marsden, and produced by Elizabeth Wewiora and Charlie Booth.

Exhibition Event

Quinn: Performance & In Conversation

17 May 2020, 1.45pm start 

Location: Coventry Cathedral (continues onto Herbert Art Gallery & Museum) 

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