The call-out for Abundance looking for new and emerging artistic talent from those with South Asian backgrounds to develop their skills on an eight-week course and help to co-create the Carnival of Lights next year.

The Trust has issued a wide range of call outs this year in preparation for 2021 and the final one illustrates the core values of the UK City of Culture programme, community, accessible artwork, international collaboration and shining a light on the creative talent of Coventry.

For Abundance, the Trust is looking for 10 creative individuals of South Asian heritage based in Coventry and Warwickshire (CV postcode). Successful applicants will form part of a network of artists to co-create next year's Carnival of Lights with communities in Coventry. If you are selected for Abundance, you will get a seed commission of £1000 to develop your idea, alongside an eight to 10-week programme of workshops, mentoring and support. Applications close 10 January 2021.

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said:

“Our call-outs present a range of different opportunities for citizens living in Coventry. Whether you’re an artist working locally, or even if you’ve never thought of yourself as artistic and want a to try your hand at being creative, there are opportunities here for all.   

“We know there is a groundswell of creative talent across our grassroots communities. We want to make ensure that as many people as possible can take advantage of the city’s big year of culture to really show off their talents and creativity.

“The past 12 months has not been the year many of us had hoped for. The pandemic has hit all of us as individuals, families and communities very hard, here at home, across the UK and globally. But, as we look towards 2021 and reflect on the year we are leaving behind, we should also be proud of the resilience of our people, and see our UK City of Culture year as a time to come back together, build hope and kick start our recovery.”

You can find out to apply for the call-outs and other opportunities on the City of Culture website https://coventry2021.co.uk/get-involved/ 

Image credit Rabiyah Latif.

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