Coventry Biennial

is creating an exciting, new festival of Contemporary Art

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Readers will receive a limited edition copy of "A pigsty(e) and a parcel of land" a pamphlet we commissioned curator and writer Anneka French to produce following her participation in a group residency in rural Warwickshire.

This pamphlet was first made available at Duplicate Artist Book Fair at Eastside Projects early in 2019.

Readers will also receive our series of "behind-the-scenes" newsletters and will be listed on our website.

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We'll keep our supporters updated via a series of "behind-the-scenes" newsletters and will also list them on our website.




Coventry Biennial celebrates and promotes contemporary art, producing high quality exhibitions, events and activities in one of the UK’s most creative and industrious cities. This biennial festival is deeply connected to Coventry, its histories and wider context, but also retains an outward looking perspective, ensuring that the programme has wider appeal, significance and impact.

We have made a publication which reflects on our inaugural festival which can be freely downloaded from here.

We are now working towards our second festival in 2019, we are also looking forward to contributing to Coventry taking the title of UK City of Culture in 2021 and we intend to play a significant part in attracting local, national and international audiences to experience the distinctive voices, rich culture and diversity inherent to Coventry.

Our varied programme occupies unexpected sites in the city such as historic buildings, community centers, empty shop units, theaters and public spaces as well as more traditional gallery and museum spaces. This invites new audiences to engage with contemporary art, leading to distinctive interactions with both the works on display and the city.

The biennial is artist-led, meaning that it was founded by, is owned by and is run by artists and aims to provide meaningful opportunities for practitioners at all stages of their careers, from recent graduates to established artists, with peer-to-peer development opportunities embedded into the programme via artist residencies, internships, workshops and commissions. We seek to attract artists and creatives to the city, to retain recent graduates and to ensure visiting artists are supported in fully engaging with the city and its residents.

Coventry Biennial seeks to secure its position as a key date on the national and international contemporary art circuit and to build on the West Midlands' strong festival offer. Our vision is to play an active part in provoking and participating in the growing cultural debates in Coventry, and nationally.
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