Coventry Biennial 2019 – The Twin launches at venues across the city

The highly anticipated event held every two years celebrates contemporary art in some unusual places across the city.

The highly anticipated second Coventry Biennial will unfold across the city starting today until 24 November, with the exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum remaining open until 26 January 2020.

Coventry Biennial is the ‘UK’s Social Biennial’, commissioning and presenting politically and critically engaged contemporary artworks by more than 100 artists in the city and surrounding area.

The first Coventry Biennial took place in October 2017 at venues across the city, the centre-piece being the wonderfully sprawling CET Building, now under redevelopment.

This year, the biennial team and their partners invite you to learn, look, make, talk, think and walk with them for free at twenty-one unique venues across Coventry, without the pressures of visiting a museum or traditional gallery space.

Artwork from Coventry Biennial 2019 – The Twin on display at The Row, 8 Ironmonger Row, Coventry.

Coventry Biennial 2019 is titled The Twin, referencing Coventry’s role in founding the twin city concept. Coventry and Volgograd, Russia, were the first modern twin cities in the world and this year marks the 75th anniversary of that historic bond of friendship. Coventry now has 26 twins around the world.

The artists and groups exhibiting in The Twin all explore themes, ideas and processes which resonate through our international city including translation, collaboration and togetherness while also exploring some of the difficulties presented by globalisation, political inequality and conflict.

Ryan Hughes, Artistic Director of Coventry Biennial, explains: “Coventry has been an international, welcoming and activist city for decades. We are thrilled to be working with artists, our twin cities and a wide variety of partners to explore what it means to be together in 2019”

Embedded in the wider Coventry Biennial 2019 programme are opportunities to speak to or eat with the artists, to learn a new skill, to warm yourself by a fire, to dance through the night or to ease yourself into the day with a yoga session.

Find out more Coventry Biennial 2019 venues, events and exhibitions by visiting