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Coventry Biennial

    What is Coventry Biennial?

    Coventry Biennial is the UK’s social biennial, which presents socially, politically and critically engaged artistic practices in Coventry and Warwickshire. Taking place from October 2021 until January 2022 across Coventry and Warwickshire, the third Coventry Biennial is entitled HYPER-POSSIBLE.

    Referencing the radical nature of Coventry’s history whilst also signifying a positive way forward out of the pandemic, HYPER-POSSIBLE sees more than 50 artists (local, national and international) exhibiting in seven locations across Coventry and Warwickshire, including Coventry Cathedral, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Leamington Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, The Old Grammar School and a new gallery for the city, located above HMV Empire Coventry.

    How is Warwick involved?

    University of Warwick researchers have partnered with the Biennial in a number of ways. The University has supported the creation of two of its exhibitions, and Warwick researchers are involved in associated events. Discover the Warwick projects below...


    Image credit: We Bear installation at Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. Photo: Garry Jones.

    We Bear

    This project examines people in prisons in both the UK and US. It explores various aspects of prisoner experiences, including survival strategies, societal relationships to punishment and the role of artistic expression.

    Listening to the Anthropocene at Coventry Cathedral

    Held at Coventry Cathedral, Listening to the Anthropocene is a major exhibition that uses sound and moving image artworks that explores the ways that field recording and sonic research can help attune us to the shifting state of our planet.

    Talking about the Anthropocene

    A day of talks to accompany the Listening to the Anthropocene exhibition at Coventry Cathedral, on November 4.
    Speakers will include artists from the exhibition, as well as a number of Warwick researchers.