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.