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
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