The project, titled Coventry Creates, will offer up to £2,000 funding for creatives in the Coventry area so that they can keep producing art work in the run up to the City of Culture 2021 year.

The selected works will be showcased this summer in a special digital exhibition in conjunction with the Coventry City of Culture Trust and then kept in the Coventry City of Culture Digital Archive.

Neil Forbes, Coventry University’s Research Lead for City of Culture said:

“It’s of vital importance we support the city’s creative sector right now and we want to offer them sustainability and recognition for their work.
“These are people who are often self-employed and working on small-scale start-ups, working from commission to commission and we want to make sure they don’t fall into the gaps in terms of funding offered during the pandemic.
“Not only is it a way to showcase their work, it’s also to make sure they receive vital funding at a difficult time.”

Professor Jackie Hodgson, University of Warwick Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research said:

"Coventry University and the University of Warwick are both delighted to be able to announce this partnership call providing funding of up to £2,000 per project, to commission local artists and creative organisations to collaborate with our researchers in order to create novel artworks in response to research projects.
“This is an exciting opportunity for researchers to work with artists of all descriptions in creative and innovative ways, to extend the reach of their work, gain new contacts and engage with City of Culture.”

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. They also look forward to receiving applications that showcase interdisciplinarity and innovation.

The commissions will be showcased in a digital exhibition in summer 2020, to be curated by the University Partnership in conjunction with the City of Culture Trust.

All works of art resulting from this call will also be digitally archived in the Coventry City of Culture Digital Archive.

For more information on the project and how to apply, here.