China Plate and Coventry University present

Humans Not Heroes

A unique co-creation project with professional artists, to represent healthcare worker experiences of Covid-19.

  • By China Plate, Coventry University & Kerry Wykes
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"Moving, Cathartic, A special workshop to be part of"

Healthcare Worker Participants 2020

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Humans Not Heroes

Scroll down for details about the online workshops, or sign up here:

We are delighted that Humans Not Heroes has been shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Awards 2021 in the Teaching Innovation of the Year category.

A unique opportunity for Healthcare Workers from across the country, different roles and departments to come together in a virtual creative space to  connect and share  their experiences of working  through the pandemic

Healthcare workers can be working in a public (e.g. NHS) or private setting, can be qualified or not yet qualified (e.g. student), in a patient-facing role or not. All healthcare workers are welcome!

Through a series of creative activities you will have the opportunity to share  your experiences and thoughts  and inform 4 unique pieces of sound art devised by award-winning artists and recorded by actors both to give voice to these experiences and document a monumental period of human history.

The Details

The Humans Not Heroes project follows-on from a successful pilot project, Boats on an Ocean, run in 2020 as part of Coventry Creates.  In 2021 we want to keep these important conversations going and will engage with even more healthcare workers to create four new audio artworks collaboratively with award-winning artists Caroline Horton and Rochi Rampal and a Sound Designer.

As healthcare workers across the globe continue to work through this unprecedented crisis, your voices need to be heard now more than ever.

Each cohort of 10 will be invited to take part in two online workshops with an artist and arts facilitator.

Workshop 1: Facilitated in a supportive environment, participants will be invited to engage in creative activities designed to inspire conversation and encourage the group to share and reflect on their experiences within the framework of a character or persona. There will be no pressure to share and we only ask you to share what you’re comfortable with.

Workshop 2: The artist will share the co-created script developed from Workshop 1 material and participants will be invited to offer their thoughts on how the script can be co-refined into an audio artwork. During the workshop, they will investigate tone, character and setting.

This script will be recorded as an audio piece by a Sound Designer & Actor and shared with participants in a group sharing. Throughout you will have the opportunity to change anything you are not entirely comfortable with. You will have the option to remain completely anonymous, but if you wish you can be named as part of the co-creation team.

All four artworks will be publicly displayed as part of a larger sharing in December.


If you would be interested in the Humans Not Heroes team running a workshop with your team/organisation, please contact Susan Wareham.

Funded by The Rayne Foundation and Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Ethical approval granted by Coventry University.

Get Involved

Calling All Healthcare workers across the UK – The call-out for participants in this unique wellbeing project is now open with dates across 2021!

If you, or someone you know, would like to get involved – please follow the link to sign up:

The workshops aim to give space to improve participants wellbeing in a supportive spaces, allowing for moments to decompress and process.

By taking part in this project, you will participate in co-creation workshops led by professional artists Caroline Horton or Rochi Rampal, you will collaborate with other healthcare workers from across the UK in a supportive online environment and co-create a unique piece of audio art work which represents your experiences of working through the pandemic.

There are four dates to choose from for Workshop 1. Workshop 2 is optional as the co-refinement process can take place via email. The sharing event is also optional and will be recorded for participants who are unable to attend.

All workshops will take place online.

SERIES 1 – Workshop 1: 25th August (6.30 – 8.40pm) | 8.40 – 9.00pm (optional)
Optional dates – Workshop 2: 21st September (6.30-8.30pm)  | Sharing event: 8th October (6.30-7.30pm)

SERIES 2 – Workshop 1: 13th October (6.30 – 8.40pm  | 8.40 – 9.00pm (optional)
Optional dates – Workshop 2: 17th November (6.30-8.30pm) | Sharing event: 3rd December (6.30-7.30pm)

*NEW* SERIES 3 – Workshop 1: 4th October 6.30 – 8.40pm  | 8.40 – 9.00pm (optional)
Optional dates – Workshop 2: 1st November (6.30-8.30pm) | Sharing event: 15th November (6.30-7.30pm)

*NEW* SERIES 4 – Workshop 1: 22nd November 6.30 – 8.40pm  | 8.40 – 9.00pm (optional)
Optional dates – Workshop 2: 15th December (6.30-8.30pm) | Sharing event: TBC – early 2022 (6.30-7.30pm)

We will plan an exciting public sharing of all artworks in early 2022 which we will invite all participants to.


Humans Not Heroes has received as second amount of funding from the City of Culture University Partnership between Coventry University and the University of Warwick as part Coventry Creates 2021, which is an Arts Council Funded project.

To find out more, please visit the University of Warwick here, and follow us on social media for updates.

Creative Team

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Humans Not Heroes

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  • Research Associate and Joint Project Lead | Kerry Wykes
  • Joint Fundraising Lead | Kerry Wykes
  • Research Lead | Dr Sally Pezaro
  • Writer and Director | Caroline Horton
  • Writer and Director | Rochi Rampal
  • Co-creator & trainer | Nick Walker
  • Psychologist | Dr. Liz Sparkes
  • Sound Designer | Charlotte Bickley
  • Actor | Urielle Klein-Mekongo
  • Producer | China Plate
  • Funded by | The Rayne Foundation & Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
  • Ethical approval granted by | Coventry University

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