Coventry’s universities announce joint project to support local creatives

Coventry University and the University of Warwick are offering up to £2,000 funding for creatives in the Coventry area.

Coventry University and the University of Warwick have launched a joint project to fund local artists hit financially by the COVID-19 outbreak and allow them to continue their projects during the outbreak.

The project, titled Coventry Creates, will offer up to £2,000 funding for creatives in the Coventry area so that they can keep producing artwork 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.

Professor Jackie Hodgson, University of Warwick Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, commented: “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.

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.

The call for applications is open to all types of research, relating to the two universities’ City of Culture Research Themes.

Whilst they 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 universities ask that you express your intent to apply as soon as possible, and submit your application before noon, midday on 30 April 2020.