ARTIST ON MY STREET – ARTIST CALL OUT 2 – Deadline Monday 11 October 2021
This opportunity is open to all Coventry and Warwickshire based artists registered with Coventry Artspace. Join Coventry Artspace here
During Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture, Coventry Artspace is administering 21 x £500 bursaries for local artists to create work for Coventry communities.
This project is inspired by artists, all over the world, who have found ways to bring moments of light to their neighbourhoods during the pandemic by sharing their work in windows, balconies and on the streets. The project is funded by Arts Council England, National Lottery Community Fund, Coventry City Council and Coventry City of Culture Trust (CCCT) and builds on the Window Wanderland trails led by CCCT in 2021.
In addition to the £500 commission there will be support with signage, funds for materials, free training and access to 3 hours of free 1-2-1 mentoring through the new Coventry Artspace Consultancy Bank. For some artists there will also be additional funding for engagement activities.
Artists will be featured on the Artspace website and audio recordings about the artwork will be shared on the Echoes audio app so that visitors can find out more about them and their practice. The work will be professionally photographed and promoted through Coventry Artspace and Coventry City of Culture Trust social media channels.
In this second round we will be allocating commissions to a further 5 artists to develop and share work for at least 21 days between 15th November – 17th December 2021.
All artists selected will be linked up with a building-based community group, business or empty building in a neighbourhood of Coventry or Warwickshire. The Artist On My Street project aims to show art in areas of low cultural engagement.
Artists will be expected to create work in the windows of the building they have been allocated, in consultation with the community group, business or shop owner as appropriate. The work must be suitable and relevant to the neighbourhood and to the City of Culture themes, which are:
WELCOME – SANCTUARY – HARMONY – FREEDOM – PEACE – UTOPIA – COVENTRY IN THE WORLD – LIGHT (CITY OF) – BEING HUMAN – HOPE – AMAZING WOMEN – GREEN FUTURE
Find out more about the City of Culture themes here
It must be on display for at least 21 days (minimum 5 hours per day), between 15th November – 17th December 2021.
Note: Artists are not expected to be with the work for 21 days. It is expected that this work will be shown in windows or open spaces, so it should not need invigilation, although it may need support with opening shutters or some such. Artspace will support the artists with these arrangements.
In-kind support will include:
- Free attendance on a newly developed Navigating Disasters course to support artist confidence in dealing with legal related issues
- A package of materials for signage currently costed at £30/artist
- 3hrs of online consultancy support worth £150 from a newly created Consultancy Bank
- Professional photography and promotion of the work as part of the Artist On My Street project
- Support from the Artspace Project Lead as required to troubleshoot and manage relationships
- Opportunity to feature in a group exhibition of Artist On My Street work in 2022
How to apply
To apply for the second round of commissions, please complete this online form or submit a video (maximum length 5 minutes) with your answers to the application questions, by 4pm Monday 11th October 2021. One application per artist.
Coventry Artspace is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer actively working towards becoming a safe(r) organisation welcoming, supporting, and caring for beings from different routes and with different needs. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or any other category protected by law.
Please contact us on 024 7655 3533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like support with completing this application.
The successful artists will be selected by members of the Artspace Artist Advisory Group and a representative of Coventry City of Culture Trust and will be informed within 1 week after the closing date for applications.
Criteria – You should:
- Be able to connect to a city of culture theme
- Have an interest and willingness to spend time on personal development and engagement with other artists
- Create work that is suitable for public display
Selection is based on:
- Quality of the artwork
- How well it is likely to engage public interest
- Suitability of the artwork for the neighbourhood (we aim to find venues in areas in where cultural engagement is deemed as low, to improve engagement with art)
Feedback to unsuccessful applicants is provided on request.