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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. 

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 Events

Photographer Talk: Lottie Davies

19 February 2020, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Location: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum


Quinn: Performance & In Conversation

17 May 2020, 2.00pm start

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

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