A showcase of work by Coventry artists, funded by the city’s universities and produced during lockdown, has launched online.
Coventry University and the University of Warwick, two of our Principal Partners, brought together 18 local artists to produce work in response to pieces of academic research, enabling them to continue their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 18 projects were selected from almost 100 applications and include a variety of art forms such as music, dance, spoken word, textiles, film and theatre.
Our Creative Director, Chenine Bhathena, said: “During lockdown we have seen artists all over the nation creating new online events, engaging the nation through their computers, tablets and smartphones. As we build towards City of Culture it is great to see our two world beating universities supporting opportunities for creative collaboration between academics and artists, investing in new artistic commissions for digital distribution, that will explore a wide range of themes so important to our communities. I look forward to seeing the results of these partnerships and the understanding and action they inspire.”
The collaboration between Warwick and Coventry follows a new Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities that provides them with new opportunities to work together to the benefit of arts and culture throughout the region, in the run up to UK City of Culture 2021.