See below for forthcoming events from Artspace, our initiatives and members. Archived events are included towards the bottom of the page. To receive our regular E-ticing bulletins which include details of our members, partners and associates events and opportunities email

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On Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 5.30pm Senior Lecturer in Automotive and Transport Design at Coventry University, Researcher and multifaceted practitioner Aysar Ghassan will give an introductory public talk to the language and philosophy of the Modernist project. Join us at City Arcadia, 32 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW.


Looking & Seeing – an invitation

Looking & Seeing
an [IN]Site residency with David Rudlin at City Arcadia

This is an Invitation to work with award winning Urbanist David Rudlin (URBED), recent winner of the Wolfson Prize at City Arcadia as part of the [IN]Site Programme.

David Rudlin enters a one-week residency at City Arcadia with ‘Looking & Seeing’ from 10am on Tuesday 14th October.

We are offering 15 people the opportunity to engage with Rudlin during this residency, which will centre around the making, mapping and modelling of Coventry city centre in plasticine.

Sessions will run from 10am-5pm on Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th October. They are free and open to students and the public and can be booked individually or as 4 complete days.

During this time we aim to explore the Past, Present and Imagined Future of Coventry’s radical planning history.

Join us and book in to engage, participate and exchange with the building of a city.

A public talk about Looking & Seeing will be given by Rudlin at 5:30pm on Tuesday 14thOctober. The residency will conclude with a reception at 5:30pm on Friday 17th October. An exhibition of the modelling process then continues in City Arcadia to 23rd October.

Places are limited to 15 for the residency sessions and 25 for the talk. Book now by emailing

– Residency Outline –

Looking & Seeing – The Heart of the City
An [IN]Site residency with David Rudlin at City Arcadia

October 14th-17th 2014, 10am-5pm daily

Public talk Tuesday October 14th at 5:30pm
Exhibition reception Friday October 17th 5:30pm

David Rudlin will be working from the historical basis of a meeting in 1951 in Hoddleston in Hertfordshire, between members of the International d’Architecture Moderne. The theme of this congressional meeting was ‘The Heart of the City’, with a focus on town and city centres.

The star turn was the Coventry City Architect D.E.E. Gibson, who told delegates that his plans represented ‘the first time that a central area (had been) analysed in terms of its main uses and a plan drawn up which retained only those necessary to its correct functioning’. Coventry was the future; a functional, efficient town centre in which the traffic flowed, the air was clean and which civilisation could flourish.

Looking and Seeing is an attempt to recapture some of the idealism of those more optimistic times and to understand what it was that D.E.E. Gibson and his colleagues were trying to do in Coventry.

Looking & Seeing is broken down into three parts:

1: Mapping: Modernism V Tradition

A series of large-scale ground plans contrasting the Modernist city centre with its planned and unplanned predecessors.

2: An Artist’s Impression: Architects always produce visualisations of what their schemes will look like when complete – full of smiling happy people beneath blue skies. What is the reality of our cities?

3: The Malleable City: A large-scale plasticine model of Coventry built by residency participants at a scale of 1:1000 (5m square). It is meant to illustrate how the city can regrow and repair itself.

The process of making, mapping and modelling will be filmed and animated, leaving a lasting legacy to this unique residency.

An Invitation to ‘Enter Optimism’ @ City Arcadia

Join Artspace Curators Laura Elliott and Michael Mayhew for the [IN]site programme of events and conversations.

[IN]site is an open exchange that aims to expose and reveal  the unique qualities of Coventry as a historical test bed for new ideas and to create responsive approaches to the building of a city. [IN]site will run throughout the City Arcadia programme and introduces some key themes as we commission up to nine creative projects between September 2014 and January 2015.

View [IN]Site gatherings on the City Arcadia website

BOOK NOW FOR Open Forum 2014

Coventry Artspace – Saturday 7th June 2014, Coventry Artspace, 16 Lower Holyhead Rd, Coventry, CV1 3AU

One-to-one sessions: 11.00 – 17.00 (each session lasts 45 minutes)
Panel discussion: 18.30 – 20.00


Henry Little, Breese Little, London (Reviewer and panelist)
Nathaniel Pitt, Division of Labour, Worcester (Panelist)

The aim of Open Forum 2014 is to allow Matt Roberts Arts to use our experience to provide advice to artists in regions where the commercial sector is developing and less visible.

At Coventry Artspace there will be six one-to-one feedback feedback sessions on developing your commercial practice with Henry Little, Breese Little. There will also be six one-to-one sessions with Matt Roberts, discussing ways to promote your practice.

In the evening there will be a panel discussion between Matt Roberts, Henry Little, and Nathaniel Pitt, Division of Labour, Worcester about opportunities to show your work, sell your work, and ways in which the sector is changing.

To book either a one-to-one session or place for the panel discussion please email stating which events you want to book for.



Coventry Artspace, in collaboration with [RHP] CDRs and ROPE PRESS, invites you to join them for a free all-day art event on Saturday 3rd May.

Presented in association with the Mead Gallery’s ‘Mystery Bus Tour’ of Coventry’s Cultural and Industrial past (now fully booked) to coincide with Jeremy Deller’s exhibition All that is Solid Melts into Air, the event will present live performance, video, text, printing and tours of Artspace throughout the day from 11am until 6pm.

Following a recent residency in the Artspace basement (one time 2-Tone music rehearsal space), [RHP] CDRs will continue their investigation into the spaces between contemporary art and experimental music.


11:30am > Richard Scott > Classically trained Violinist Richard Scott will be exploring areas of the instrument which are not usually considered to be “playable” to produce new unusual and intriguing sounds (approx 30 minutes).

12:30pm > [RHP] CDRs Video collection screenings > Moving image footage showcasing the practices of [RHP] CDRs’ collaborators. Featuring Sound Poems, Music Videos and Slideshows alongside other audio-visual oddities (approx 30 minutes).

All day > ROPE PRESS / Harry Grainger > Artspace’s resident art press and publishing house ROPE PRESS will be collaborating with [RHP] CDRs associate, Warwickshire based Musician-turned-Theorist Harry Grainger. Together they will produce a second edition of his recent essay ‘Audiovisual Perception’ which will be distributed for free to visitors on the day.

2pm > Ryan Hughes > Artist, Curator and Researcher Ryan Hughes will present a performance-lecture exploring the trajectories which [RHP] CDRs has followed since its inception in late 2012. It will combine DJing techniques and spoken information (approx 2 hours).

4:30pm > [RHP] CDRs Video collection screenings > [RHP] CDRs will present more items from their collection of videos including works by the Malaysia based Space Gambus Experiment and Brighton based The Zero Map +more.

All day > Artspace Tours > Hourly group tours of Artspace’s intriguing heritage building including the ‘2-Tone trail’ basement, communal garden and artists’ spaces.

All day > PIONEER Bar > beer, wine, soft drinks available from Artspace’s PIONEER bar, built by artist/architect Andrew T Cross.

This event is a Coventry Contemporary Art Forum collaboration between Artspace and the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre. In the Mead Gallery’s latest exhibition, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (2 May – 21 June), one of the UK’s leading artists, Jeremy Deller, takes a personal look at the impact of the Industrial Revolution on British popular culture, and its persisting influence on our lives today. For details, including opening hours, go

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Sat 3 May 10am – 2pm
£8 (£6) for the bus tour
Free event at Artspace (starting 11am when the bus stops, open to all)

We are pleased to announce that Artspace will participate in an event associated with Jeremy Deller’s nationally touring exhibition, which opens at the Mead Gallery on May 2nd 2014.

In ‘All That Is Solid Melts Into Air’, Jeremy Deller, one of the UK’s leading artists, takes a personal look at the impact of the Industrial Revolution on British popular culture, and its persisting influence on our lives today.

As part of the associated events programme, local history and music experts Peter Walters and Pete Chambers are joining forces to take visitors on a journey through Coventry’s industrial and musical past.

The tour begins and ends at the Mead Gallery where visitors can see All That Is Solid Melts Into Air and includes a stop for refreshments at Coventry Artspace, one time rehearsal space for The Specials.

This is a Coventry Contemporary Art Forum event. Tickets are available to book from March 6th onwards from the Mead Gallery £8 (£6)


[RHP] CDRs is a research, production and event programming unit committed to investigating the types of practice which exist between contemporary art and experimental music.

They work in close collaboration with a range of practitioners on a variety of projects. During the March residency at Coventry Artspace they will be developing methods of presenting our work more effectively. This will involve building a range of furniture; including shelving, display cases, storage and facilities for performances to happen upon which could be easily altered to fit a variety of exhibition, performance and working spaces during future projects.

To test the effectiveness of this furniture, [RHP] CDRs will be utilizing it during a very short events programme which will also serve the function of further platforming the work of our collaborators with a particular focus on Coventry based practitioners.

More information will be released shortly by Artspace and at

ARTSPACE AGM SOCIAL: Wednesday 20th November – 7pm

Our Annual General Meeting will be followed by an informal reception to meet the Artspace Board and ask any questions you may have about the organisation. This is open to all and there will be drinks and nibbles provided. Please join us if you can!


Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September – 12-4pm
Artspace, 16 Lower Holyhead Road, Coventry, CV1 3AU

Artspace’s fascinating and complex building will be open to the public during Heritage Open Days on September 14th and 15th. Please come along between 12 and 4pm and learn more about our former Friends’ Meeting House and its many histories, join our young volunteers in gardening, meet resident artists and enjoy a tour of our basement, once famed (and wonderfully preserved) 2-Tone rehearsals space ‘Holyhead Music Workshop’.

We’ll also talk to you about our planned Heritage Lottery Fund project to explore our building’s history in more detail and link it back to its contemporary artistic uses.


April 2013

Stairwell Cinema

Screening of Ladri Di Biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) (1948)
Running Time: 93mins

Monday 29th April at Coventry Artspace 7pm (open from 6:45pm, film starts 7pm prompt)
16 Lower Holyhead Road, Coventry, CV1 3AU
Free entry, places limited

Space is limited please RSVP to


ARC symposium

May 2013

ARC: SYMPOSIUM: the artist behind the city
10am-5pm with evening social event
Starts at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

A day of discussion and discovery for artists, city place makers and people in Coventry, UK.



The artist behind the city references those essential contemporary art practices that prioritise making a difference to people that live, work and visit a place. It also refers to artists that form the backbone of a city by informing cultural, artistic and city agendas, whilst alluding to the spaces and places occupied by artists in the city; often located in areas that would not be promoted as a city destination.

The ARC Symposium is a day-long event exploring the notion of the artist behind the city by:

– Examining international contemporary art practices that have emerged to the forefront of a city with invited guests.

– Introducing the artists and projects that have happened in Coventry during the ARC (Artspace Research Commission) programme.

– An exploration of artist spaces and locations (past/present/future) for making and showing work in Coventry.

– Discussion about how artists and art in Coventry and other cities can play a larger part in the ‘destination’ offer and help create a unique, independent profile.

It is an open event for those people backing art in a city; artists and artist-led organisations, next generation artists and young people, city centre planners and destination marketers, retailers, business leaders and community members.

ARC Symposium Provisional Itinerary

10am: Base camp registration at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
11.00am: Welcome and introduction to ARC from Artspace
11:15am: Presentations from contemporary art practitioners including Jacques Nimki and Lee Simmons
12:30pm: Exploration lunch with tour to Coventry art venues and an opportunity to meet the ARC artists
3pm: Symposium discussion
4:30pm: Conclusions
5pm onwards: Social at the ARC Pioneer commissioned venue in Broadgate, Coventry


This event is being run in association with the Coventry Contemporary Art Forum and with thanks to the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

May 2013

Synopsis 97

Synopsis 97 film screening
Thursday 30th May 7-9pm
at Coventry Artspace (6:30pm entry, films start 7pm prompt)
16 Lower Holyhead Road, Coventry, CV1 3AU
Members area
Free Entry

Join us for popcorn, beer and the sixth instalment of Lanchester Gallery Projects’ Synopsis 97 film programme on May 30th with another eclectic mix of avante-garde films from local video artist and documentary maker Alan Van Wijgerden. Full programme available here on the Lanchester Gallery Projects website.


March 2013

Wednesday 6th March at Coventry Artspace
3-5:30pm (8 30 minute slots available)

These surgeries are open for practitioners interested in applying for the ARC PIONEER commission. Details and booking can be found here:

January 2013

ARC: TRANSFORM presentation and meeting with Redhawk Logistica
Thursday January 31st (time TBA)

Rob Hewitt of Redhawk Logistica will be meeting with volunteers to talk about his forthcoming ARC: Transform commission. Rob is seeking artist volunteers that may be interested in working with him on his project throughout February and March. If you are one of those people book onto this meeting please email

December 2012

ARC GENERATE and Artspace end of year celebration
Wednesday 12th December 2012 – 5pm onwards
Coventry Artspace

Join us for the ARC GENERATE publication launch with artist Miriam Craik-Horan following her project with young artists from Cardinal Newman School. The GENERATE launch will take place alongside Artspace’s 2012 finale featuring outdoor silent film screenings, work from Artspace studio holders, an illuminated cardboard replica of Coventry’s architecture, ceramics from resident group ‘Arty Folks’, pop-up performances from our resident acting class and a chance to meet our new volunteers. Please join staff, Trustees, members and supporters to reflect on the year, see some highlights and partake in a seasonal drink.

Open to all, spread the word!
02476 553 533
Twitter: @CovArtspace @Intrlocutionary #ARCgenerate


Synopsis 97
24th October 7-9pm
at Coventry Artspace
16 Lower Holyhead Road, Coventry, CV1 3AU
Members area
Free Entry

Join us for popcorn, beer and the second instalment of Lanchester Gallery Projects’ Synopsis 97 film programme on October 24th with another eclectic mix of avante-garde films from local video artist and documentary maker Alan Van Wijgerden, who over the last 3 decades has methodically recorded the political transformation in Coventry. Full programme available shortly.

Synopsis 97


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