Call-out for people to get involved in three Coventry City of Culture arts projects - The Coventry Observer

14th Aug, 2022

Call-out for people to get involved in three Coventry City of Culture arts projects

THE COVENTRY City of Culture Trust has launched three call-outs for local people to lead and take part in different projects and events in 2021.

Participants are needed for Window Wanderland – a community project that sees neighbourhoods create artwork trails and the International Changemakers Bursary – a digital international exchange in partnership with the British Council.

New and emerging artistic talent from South Asian backgrounds are also needed for ‘Abundance‘. During an eight-week course they will develop their skills and help co-create the Carnival of Lights next year.

The Trust has issued a wide range of call outs this year in preparation for 2021 and the final three illustrate the core values of the UK City of Culture programme, community, accessible artwork and international collaboration.

The projects will place a shining light on Coventry’s creative talent.

Window Wanderland – The Trust is looking for people to nominate and rally their communities to take part. People can organise and spread the word through community, faith and residents’ groups and share the news that their neighbourhood is taking part in Window Wonderland through leafleting or online.

The Trust will support participating communities and neighbourhoods across the city by providing planning kits and promotional materials. Selected areas will be featured on the Window Wanderland website so people can follow the trails in Coventry.

Applications close on Monday, January 4.

International Changemakers – Coventry City of Culture Trust, in partnership with the British Council, is supporting the creation and development of up to 15 online projects that will link changemakers in Coventry with international counterparts from a range of different countries. Bursaries of up to £4,000 are available for new or existing projects that demonstrate how they can bring global communities together digitally for a shared international goal.

Applications close on Monday, January 4.

Abundance – The Trust is looking for 10 creative individuals of South Asian heritage based in Coventry and Warwickshire (CV postcode). Successful applicants will form part of a network of artists to co-create next year’s Carnival of Lights with communities in Coventry. Those selected for Abundance will get a seed commission of £1,000 to develop ideas, alongside an eight to ten-week programme of workshops, mentoring and support.

Applications close a week on Sunday, January 10.

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “Each of these call-outs presents a range of different opportunities for citizens living in Coventry.

“Whether you’re an artist working locally, or even if you’ve never thought of yourself as artistic and want a to try your hand at being creative, there are opportunities here for all.

“We know there is a groundswell of creative talent across our grassroots communities.

“We want to make ensure that as many people as possible can take advantage of the city’s big year of culture to really show off their talents and creativity.

“The past 12 months has not been the year many of us had hoped for.

“The pandemic has hit all of us as individuals, families and communities very hard, here at home, across the UK and globally.

“But, as we look towards 2021 and reflect on the year we are leaving behind, we should also be proud of the resilience of our people, and see our UK City of Culture year as a time to come back together, build hope and kick start our recovery.”

Click here for more on the call-outs and how to get involved.



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