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Both Coventry’s universities announce funding for local artists to create digital art to support run up to Coventry City of Culture 2021

Digital art in the making in Coventry?

The University of Warwick and Coventry University have launched a joint project that will fund local artists to work with researchers to create digital art works that will be showcased this summer in a special digital exhibition in conjunction with the Coventry City of Culture Trust. They will then be kept in the Coventry City of Culture Digital Archive.

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."

Professor Judith Mossman, Pro Vice Chancellor for Arts and Humanities at Coventry University said:

“We are delighted to be collaborating on this innovative venture to support our local artists and creatives at this difficult time.”

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. We 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.

The call for applications is open to all types of research, relating to the two universities’ City of Culture Research Themes. Whilst we are keen to see applications from new projects that are specifically about the covid-19 crisis and are still developing as the situation unfolds (e.g. infectious disease, immunity, pandemics, social isolation, mental health, homeworking, remote working, key workers, education, air/water pollution etc) your project does not need to relate to the crisis in order to apply.

  • The work should be shareable digitally.
  • Projects will be shared with the producing team at the City of Culture Trust and may be picked up for further development.
  • Coventry University has a number of digital practitioners who can become creative practice partners on proposed projects. This means that if you are uncertain about how to realise a project though digital outputs and artefacts - we may be able to link you with the expertise needed.
  • A fundamental condition of each commission is the understanding that the artist will work with/respond to a matched research project through a series of digital conversations and collaboration. Production of these commissions must be possible within the boundaries of our current 'locked down' situation; safety and adherence to current social distancing measures are paramount.
  • Anyone seeking a commission is encouraged to collaborate with researchers at the University of Warwick and Coventry University, but this is not a prerequisite. Applications linked to work at either or both institutions are welcome
  • The artist/organisation should be within the CV postcode area.

Key Dates:

  • April 3nd 2020: Call Launches.
  • April 30th 2020: Call Closes at noon, midday.
  • April 30th - May 15th: Applicants are contacted. Those that are successful and already matched will receive Terms and Conditions and a cost code in order to commence work. Researchers and artists that are successful and require matching will be linked together and development of the piece will commence.
  • May - July 2020: Collaboration commences and projects continue.
  • July 10th 2020: Projects should be complete no later than July 10th and artists/organisations must receive final payment before July 31st 2020.
  • Summer 2020: Digital Exhibition opened

This is an experimental call so if you are planning on applying then please let us know as soon as you have decided. This will help the two universities plan for the call close, assessment and matching process of applications and then to finally decide who will be chosen for the commissions.

Please express your intent to apply here ASAP.

Please submit your application before April 30th noon, midday. All forms are available here.

For further information for journalists please contact:

Tom Frew, Senior Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Warwick:
Mobile: +44(0)7785433155


Nick Smith, Press Officer Coventry University,
elephone: 024 77 657788
Mobile: 07974 984 078 / 07557 425 047

PJD 7th April 2020