Coventry Creates 2021 will fund local artists to work in collaboration with academics and local arts organisations. This joint project between the University of Warwick and Coventry University will give 12 Coventry artists the opportunity to work with academic researchers to create digital art works reflecting research themes connected to City of Culture.
The Coventry Creates 2021 Fund
Each of the successful projects will receive up to £2250 to create a digital artwork which will be exhibited online in December 2021 and at the Resonate Festival on University of Warwick Campus in April 2022.
This year’s successful applicants will also receive consultation sessions with Coventry Art Forum experts and the chance to attend various informal online networking sessions hosted by members of the Coventry Creates team. The resulting art works will be showcased in the Coventry Creates Digital Exhibition in December 2021 and a physical exhibition at the Resonate Festival on University of Warwick Campus in April 2022.
The two universities would like to hear from anyone working in the arts including (but not limited to); combined arts, dance, film, libraries, literature, music, museums, and theatre and visual arts. Applications that showcase interdisciplinarity and innovation are also encouraged.
The commissions will be showcased in a digital exhibition, to be curated by the universities and next spring at the Resonate Festival on Warwick campus.
History of Coventry Creates
Since 2018 the collaboration between the universities has funded more than 50 research and creative projects in Coventry in the run up to City of Culture 2021. When lockdown struck in 2020 there was worry that some of the projects may not be able to continue. There was also huge concern about the creative sector in the city during a time of financial strain and social isolation.
The first Coventry Creates commissions were funded by the collaboration to help support the artistic community in the city. 18 collaborative works between academics and city artists were produced over the summer and exhibited online in the autumn last year. The success of the resulting exhibition allowed the universities to successfully bid for Arts Council England (ACE) backing to fund 12 new commissions.
Professor Jackie Hodgson, University of Warwick Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research said: “Following the enormous success of our first Coventry Creates exhibition, Coventry University and the University of Warwick, with the support of ACE, are delighted to be able to announce this new call to provide up to £2,250 per project, supporting our local arts sector and bringing our research to new audiences.
“We are looking for local artists and creative organisations to collaborate with our researchers to create novel artworks. Artists and researcher teams should work together to understand the research content and create innovative, diverse commissions that capture imagination and showcase Coventry artistic and research talent in the year when all eyes are on Coventry. This is an exciting time for the universities and an opportunity for researchers to work with artists of all descriptions in creative and innovative ways, engaging with City of Culture 2021.”
Professor Neil Forbes, Director, Creative Cultures at Coventry University said: “We are tremendously excited to be awarded Arts Council England funding. This will be used to continue and expand the work of Coventry Creates – a digital exhibition bringing together researchers and artists, showcasing unique digital arts works created during the pandemic. Coventry Creates 2.0 will continue to provide a platform for researchers and artists to collaborate, engage and discover new ways to express research outcomes.”
Apply to Coventry Creates 2021
Call for applications is open and is open to all CV postcode Coventry artists and arts organisations. Researchers from The University of Warwick and Coventry University working in all disciplines are also invited to apply. Applications are encouraged from the combined arts, dance, film, libraries, literature, music, museums, and theatre and visual arts. Coventry Creates 2021 will fund 12 Coventry postcode artists and all those that are successful will be matched together in artist and researcher collaborative teams.
Applications close on Wednesday 30 June 2021 at midday.