Artspace update December 2016

It was great to see many of you at the Christmas drinks event at City Arcadia last week and we hope those of you that weren’t able to come along will be able to see Matthew Macaulay’s exhibition ‘Observations on art production in Coventry’ before it closes on 7th January.  Matthew will be opening the gallery on 3rd January 12pm to 4pm and we will open it on the 7th January 12pm to 3pm.  If you would like to see the exhibition but can’t come along at one of those times do get in touch to make an appointment and we’ll open up for you.

As many of you will know from our last mail out, Artspace Director Laura Elliott has decided to resign from her post following her maternity leave and the birth of her beautiful baby boy, Ezra Elliott-Mayhew.  If you knew or worked with Laura and have not had a chance to sign her leaving card, do feel free to send us any messages and we’ll ensure these are sent on to her.

Laura has had a long relationship with Artspace and worked incredibly hard as its Director over the last 8 years.  She developed strong, positive partnerships with the City Council as well as many of the arts organisations in the city, raising the organisation’s profile, overseeing the delivery of countless creative projects and becoming a true champion of Coventry.  The Artspace Board of Trustees would like to thank her for her hard work and her many achievements.  We wish her every success in all her future endeavours and we hope that she, and indeed the young Ezra, will visit us in sunny Coventry soon!

Looking to the year ahead, the Trustees intend to begin a process to recruit a new Director as soon as possible.  However, following the many changes of the last 12 months, a review of the post and the needs of the organisation will be held first.  While this is being done, Mindy Chillery will continue to perform the function of Interim Director two days a week.

Other plans in brief include the re-launch of our membership scheme early in the year.  Key benefits of membership to artists in Coventry will include the opportunity to have an online profile and to sell work through an online shop.  We will be offering members the chance to use hot desks with wifi at our offices and we are working with a digital technician to provide members with access to a variety of digital equipment and expertise. 

As many of you will be aware, in 2017 we will be handing over the lease of 16 Lower Holyhead Studios to the new group Holyhead Studios, who will continue to run the building as a much valued visual arts and community resource.  This will allow Coventry Artspace Partnerships to focus on making good use of other, often temporary, spaces in the city and to support and instigate partnership initiatives that promote the visual arts for the benefit of the city and its inhabitants.
Naturally, in 2017 we are keen to support Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.  We want to ensure our activities make a useful contribution to the bid; that the considerable skills and talents of Coventry visual artists are recognised and celebrated; and that we capitalise on the opportunity to attract further talent and activity to our unique and innovative city.
More news to come in January, but in the meantime, a very happy New Year from Coventry Artspace Partnerships to all our friends and supporters.  We look forward to working with you to promote and nurture the visual arts in Coventry in what promises to be a most exciting year ahead!
Coventry Artspace Partnerships

Join us at City Arcadia Gallery 5.30 – 7.30pm 20th December for Christmas drinks, treats, shopping and the opening of ‘Observations on Art Production in Coventry’.

The show  includes work from: Laurence Curtis, Meghan Hutchins, Ryan Hughes, Natalie Seymour (above image), Kiran Samra, Hannah Sutherland and Jason Tilley (Photographic Archive Miners) and is curated for Coventry Artspace Partnerships by Matthew Macaulay.

We will be celebrating the many achievements of 2016 and also marking the emergence of two new visual arts organisations in Coventry – Holyhead Studios at 16 Lower Holyhead Road and Class Room, a new gallery based within the same building.

The event will offer artists, supporters and friends the opportunity to find out about our exciting plans for 2017 and of course it will also be a chance to meet others and share your own news and ideas.   For those who are still looking for the right gift for that tricky person, art for all budgets will be available to buy!  There will even be a chance to bid for a very special ‘Art from Coventry’ Christmas hamper!

Finally we must say a sad goodbye to Laura Elliot, Coventry Artspace Director of 8 years.  Although Laura isn’t able to join us at this event, due to prior family commitments, we look forward to seeing her in the new year and will be using this opportunity to offer those who worked with her a chance to write a message in her leaving card. Everyone is warmly invited. – we hope to see you there!

Summer 2016 Update



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To celebrate our change of name to Coventry Artspace Partnerships, we have developed a new logo!  We hope you like it.  There were a number of inputs from artists and advice from a branding specialist.  After looking at all the ideas and advice, the logo chosen is one that was developed by our talented Design Apprentice Klaudia Lombara.  Klaudia’s creativity is matched only by her patience in taking on board all the comments and advice from various sources! Having made a new logo to celebrate our new name, we now need to celebrate our new logo! Enter another talented apprentice!  Sheridan, our Marketing and Events Apprentice, has come up with the ‘What’s your art space?’ campaign.  Please send Sheridan ( one image of your current work space or an image of your imagined ideal work space and we will enter them into a competition.  The main prize for the winner of the competition will be 4 months RENT FREE project space at our offices in Eaton House.  Who knows where it will lead you…Q  Images will also be shared on our website and Facebook page.


Artists studios, room hire and exhibition space

The Artspace office is currently located on the 4th Floor of Eaton House, where we also have a number of dry studio spaces available for rent, as well project space and event rooms for hire at extremely reasonable rates.  We are also working with the City Council and a new organisation formed by the studio holders at Lower Holyhead Road, Holyhead Studios, to secure the ongoing future of the building as an arts venue for the city.  To enquire about rental or hire of spaces contact us on


We are also looking forward to making increasing use of 32 City Arcade as an exhibition venue.  This will be the centre of the programme for the City Arcadia Festival between 22nd June and 7th July (see below), during which we will officially launch the venue as a shop front gallery.  A small working party made up of Coventry artists Andrea Hannon, Nicola Richardson, Rob Hamp, Anne Forgan and Lesley Whelan have begun to develop programming plans for the venue and are currently canvassing input and ideas from other artists and curators in the city on how the space can best be used to promote the visual arts in Coventry.  Email them at


Survey of visual artists in Coventry

Feedback on our membership offer has been very positive and we are using the information gathered to review the membership processes and service.  However, we feel more work needs to be done to gather information about the artists working in the city and their art.  To this end we have launched a short survey.  We invite all visual artists working in Coventry to complete the survey, the results of which we look forward to sharing at the next networking and strategy meeting in July.  To complete the survey visit our website or facebook page, or use the following link




Visualising the City: City Arcadia Project 22nd June – 7th July 2016

The final phase of the Visualising the City: City Arcadia Project, will be launched at Coventry Cathedral on 22nd June 2016.  The programme includes newly commissioned work by Rob Hamp, Lauren Heywood, Amelia Crouch, Sadie Hennessy and Spencer Graham as well as talks and publications.  The commissions will be launched at various locations in the city and then moved to the City Arcadia shop front gallery with a final celebration of the five commissions on Saturday 25th June.  From 28th June research and development work from Adam Steiner, Adrian Baynes, Julia O’Connell the Office for Art Design and Technology will be presented in the gallery and on Monday 4th July, Hayhoe and Haworth move into the space and demonstrate how their research has turned the area of the city around City Arcadia into a national park.  This phase of the programme will culminate with a My City of Culture Petcha Kucha night at City Arcadia on Tuesday 5th July.  To find out more visit


To see locally this week …


  • Spon Spun Festival Art Trail, City Arcada, 21st May 2016 – 31st May 2016

City Arcadia shop front Gallery is currently host to an exhibition of the Spon Spun Festival Art Trail which took place as part of a partnership initiative between The Albany Theatre, Coventry Artspace Partnerships, Coventry University and numerous participating organisations and venues in the Spon End area of Coventry including The Weaver’s House, The Rose Community Centre, Koco Community Resource Centre, St John’s Church, The Windmill Pub, The Dyer’s Arms and Broomfield Tavern.


  • Coventry Open, Herbert Art Gallery ,Saturday 14 May 2016 to Sunday 12 June 2016

The ninth Coventry Open for West Midlands and Warwickshire artists. Work in a wide range of media is selected for the exhibition by a panel of judges. This year’s selection panel is artist Barbara Walker, Craig Ashley, Producer (Visual Arts) at mac Birmingham and Professor John Butler, the CEO of EQ-Arts and former Head of Birmingham School of Art.


  • Fully Furnished Covetry Fine Art Degree Show 2016

Private View Friday 27th May 6pm – 9pm

Open Saturday 28th May – Thursday 2nd June 2016 10am – 5pm (Closed 29th and 30th May)

Graham Sutherland Building, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5PH


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Art Trail 14th May 2016

Call for Proposals/Projects

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The Spon Spun Art Trail is a part of a new Arts Council funded Arts Festival in Spon End, Coventry. The Festival is being organised by a partnership steering group led by The Albany Theatre. The plan is to deliver the Art Trail on the weekend preceding the Spon Spun Arts Festival. Works from the Art Trail will then be exhibited at The City Arcadia

Gallery from 21st – 31st May 2016. This exhibition will be curated by Jane Ball of Coventry University and Labour

Exchange, with support from Coventry Artspace. It will include a presentation of photographs by Adele Mary Reed capturing the significance of the Art Trail locations to members of the community in Spon End.

Overarching theme

The overarching theme of the event, which will encompass different art forms, is Spon End Stories.

Call for Proposals/Projects

The Spon Spun Festival Group is inviting calls for artworks/projects to be included in this year’s art trail. The art trail is a one-day event taking place on the 14th May 2016. We are interested in interventions, installations, performances, experiments, moving images, video based work, artistic research projects and concepts which benefit from being installed in the Spon End environment and that address the above theme of ‘Spon End Stories’ and/or which encourage creative playfulness, engagement and interaction.

Locations currently being considered are:

1. Rose Community Centre

2. Weavers House

3. Artspace Studios

4. Grapevine

5. Koco Community Resource Centre

6. Broomfied Tavern

7. The Albany Theatre

Proposals for work in these locations will be considered, as will proposals for locations in alternative locations. We are particularly interested in locations that are meaningful to the local community. If you have a proposal but haven’t yet specified a location you can still apply and we will choose a location. If you have selected a location please let us know in your proposal.

The deadline to apply is 10am Friday 29 April 2016!

How to apply

Application is through an open call process. To make an application please complete the application form that can be downloaded here.  Please email your application form FAO Mindy Chillery to and put ‘SPON SPUN ART TRAIL PROPOSAL’ in the header.

SS Art Trail Application Form

Artists working in all disciplines can apply. This can include, but is not limited to, video, sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, performance, sound, interventions, participatory and collaborative work.

Artists do not need to live in Spon End to apply. The key requirements are a willingness to experiment with showing your artwork in unusual spaces and an openness and curiosity to see what happens when you extend your practice in new ways through engagement with the art trail.

Selection panel

The selection panel will consist of:

  •  Jane Ball, Senior Lecturer, Coventry University and Director of Labour Exchange
  • A representative of The Albany Theatre
  • A representative of Coventry Artspace
  • A Spon End resident (tbc)

Selection criteria

The selection criteria are artistic quality, originality, creativity and feasibility of realising the project. It is expected that there will be approximately 10 stops on the Art Trail.

Application deadline

Proposals are accepted until 10am on the 29th April 2016 through the application form on the website.

Terms and Conditions

Application is free. Participation in the Art Trail is free of charge and the Trail is free to view.

The cost of producing the artworks is the artist’s own responsibility. The artwork remains the property of the artist at all times.

The Albany Theatre and Artspace will promote the Art Trail and related activities in various ways including social media. All work selected will be included on a printed Spon Spun Art Map which will be handed out at the festival.

The Art Trail will be documented and disseminated in a variety of ways including social media pages.

We reserve the right to use images or work provided by the participants and produced for the Art Trail for press and public relations purposes.

Selected artists must agree to:

  •  Provide a certificate of Public Liability Insurance, a copy of this will need to be submitted to the organisers prior to installation of the work. This can be provided by a number of insurance companies or comes free with annual membership to A-N the Artists Information Co. Coventry university students, staff and AA2A artists are covered by the university’s insurance and therefore don’t need to provide their own copy.

  •  Install their work by 10am and remove it and clear up by 4pm on the day of the art trail (14th May 2016)
  •  Stay with their work for the duration of the art trail or nominate someone to do this on their behalf and be prepared to talk to the public about their work.
  •  Allow images of work and accompanying statement to be used for publicity purposes.

Please direct further questions to


Spring 2016 Update


From 1st May 2016 Coventry Artspace will be re-named Coventry Artspace Partnerships. This is to signal our commitment to working in partnership with Coventry artists and organisations in all future projects. We would also like to invite up to three artists to join our Board of Trustees. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this opportunity.

Eaton House

The Artspace Office has now moved to 4th Floor, Eaton House, 1 Eaton Road, CV1 2FJ. At this venue we also have rooms available for artists and organisations. There are dry studio spaces available for rents starting at £30/month, a meeting room and a project space for hire. Currently we also have access to Floor 11 at Eaton House which offers further spaces for dry studios and events. Confirmed residents onFloor 4 include:

 Artspace staff: Mindy Chillery (Interim Director); Sheridan Henderson (Events and

Marketing Apprentice); Klaudia Lombara (Design Apprentice)

 Ryan Hughes – Office for Art, Design and Technology

 Dayo Adeyemi and Victor Ayorinde – Moods and Feelings Project

 Diana Oancea

We are very excited about the move to Eaton House and the new opportunities it offers. Do get in touch with us if you’d like to find out more.

16 Lower Holyhead Road

The Artspace building at Lower Holyhead Road has, over the years, offered a much valued community venue and badly needed artist studios with 24/7 access. Unfortunately, pressure on public finances has inevitably impacted on the core grant income Artspace will receive going forward and with rising costs we  are unable to maintain the building on the existing terms of the lease. However, despite the Council’s current financial challenges, we know they are keen to see the building remain in the cultural sector and if possible continue as a visual arts resource. Some of the studio holders are setting up their own company with the hope of taking over the lease and we understand they are in the process of developing a business plan to address the financial imperatives. In the meantime Artspace remains the leaseholder while plans for transition emerge. There are currently studio spaces available at Lower Holyhead Road for short-term rental. Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about this.

Membership review

We are reviewing our membership offer to enhance and make clearer the benefits of being a member. To this end we have put up on the website new proposals for membership and we welcome any feedback on these. Hard copies of the proposals are also available.

Website and digital

A key priority for Coventry Artspace Partnerships will be to review our digital presence to ensure that we are able to make the most of opportunities to promote Coventry artists and arts events. We are currently applying for funding to do this. A key area of development will be the opportunity for member artists to promote themselves and their work through the website. We would also like to feature an ‘Artist in Focus’programme on the website. If you feel you would be interested in this opportunity, please do get in touch.

City Arcadia Gallery

Coventry Artspace Partnerships will continue to run the shop at 32 City Arcade as a much needed gallery space. To this end we would like to set up a steering group, with strong representation from artists, which will oversee the vision and programme for the gallery for 12 months. While this steering group is being formulated, the following events are proposed for the gallery…

 17th March 2016 – 10th April 2016 Scratch the Surface: EndllBegin (Collective//Pod)

 22nd April 2016 – Print Auction (Coventry University Photography Students)

 27th April – 30th April 2016 – Art sale / auction

 20th May – 4th June 2016 – exhibition of Spon Spun Festival Art Trail

 22nd June – 3rd July – City Arcadia Festival

We will be creating a brief for artists and curators who would be interested in joining the steering group so please look out for further communication about this opportunity soon…

Visualising the City: City Arcadia Project June 2016

The final phase of the Visualising the City: City Arcadia Project, will be presented in June in the City Arcadia Gallery. The exciting programme for this event will be released this week. It will include commissioned work from Amelia Crouch and Spencer Graham as well as local artists Rob Hamp and Lauren Heywood. The research and development work of seven artists will also be presented. It is intended that this work will form the basis of a bid for a further grant to bring funding for exciting high quality art into our city. For more information

Artspace News

Networking and facilitated discussion on the Visual Arts in Coventry

 4-7pm 23 March 2016, 4th Floor, Eaton House CV1 2FJ

We are delighted to be working in association with Wendy Law at Turning Point West Midlands to offer this event to visual artists working in Coventry.  To book a place at the event contact Sheridan on



Many will be aware that our Director Laura Elliot went on maternity leave in November last year.  We are delighted to announce that on 18th December last she and Michael were blessed with the arrival of a bouncing baby boy who now goes by the name of Ezra Elliot-Mayhew. Artspace Trustee Mindy Chillery has meanwhile taken up the role of Interim Director. We are also delighted to welcome two apprentices, Sheridan Henderson, Events and Marketing Apprentice and Klaudia Lombara, Design Apprentice.  Mindy, Sheridan and Klaudia are all now based on the 4th Floor, Eaton House, 1 Eaton Road, CV1 2FJ.


On a less happy note, regretfully the financial situation of the charity is such that we have had to make the role of Finance Manager and Company Secretary redundant.  As everyone will be aware there is currently huge pressure on City Council finances and consequently many arts organisations in the city have had to accept cuts to their core budgets.  Artspace is no exception and so this was not a post that was sustainable in the long term.  Jackie Stevens left the organisation on 31st January after over 16 years of dedicated service.  We were very sorry to see Jackie go and extremely grateful for her hard work over the years.  We wish her well for the future.



The Artsapce Building – 16 Lower Holyhead Road

Due to the rising costs of running this building and a re-focusing of Artspace activities, it was decided to relinquish the lease at the end of March 2016.  However, we are really pleased that some of the studio holders are keen to take over the lease and some felt that Artspace was making the wrong decision.  To enable a o to enable a smooth and more sustainable transition to the next phase it was agreed that Artspace will remain leaseholder of the building until 25th June 2016.


We hope to make good use of the building between now and the end of June to ensure that arts events are held there.  Let us know if you have an event or activity that you think we might be able to host.


Visualising the City / City Arcadia

The airwaves are back on!  Artspace would like to apologise to Visualising the City / City Arcadia followers and participants who have missed seeing regular news and updates from the project.  BUT! After a month of review and re-evaluation, we are delighted to announce that we are back in business.


Visit the City Arcadia website at to find out more.


32 City Arcade

We are really excited about the potential of the 32 City Arcade space and the opportunity it provides to increase the presence of visual arts in Coventry.  We will be using the venue to present the City Arcadia commissions in the summer, but we also have plans for the space before and after that.  From 14th March we are welcoming The Pod into the space with their exhibition Scratch the Surface: EndsllBegins.  This exhibition will run until 27th March.  We are really pleased to be able to support The Pod with their Festival.  Find out more about this event here www…..


Following this we are intending to run workshops for the public based on the themes of the City Arcadia project and then to be using the venue to present some of the City Arcadia work.  Our intention is to continue to run the venue as a much needed exhibition space in the City. We are also looking at the possibility of using shops in the City Arcade for temporary artist studio space and/or pop up exhibitions.


Artists’ Networking and Symposium

We have been working closely with Wendy Law at Turning Point West Midlands to design an Artists’ networking and discussion event event on 23rd March 2016 4-7pm.  There will be an input from Coventry grown artist Lucy Hutchinson and also from Martin Green whose work is to be included in the exhibition at 32 City Arcade. Wendy has agreed to facilitate this meeting from which we would hope to gain artist sign up to key priorities as well as a joined strategy for going forward.


Artspace is also keen to run an Artists’ Symposium alongside the City Arcadia commissions in May/June and is currently raising funds for this.  This event would bring speakers from within the city and beyond and would be an opportunity to build on the ideas and priorities emerging from the networking event as well as providing a stimulating artistic event with input from artists on their practice.


Eaton House CV1 2FJ

The Artspace Office is now based on 4th Floor, Eaton House, 1 Eaton Road, Coventry CV1 2FJ.  There are also a number of affordable dry studio spaces available at this location.  To find out more contact


Watch this space for more news soon…