Supported by New Art West Midlands, Coventry Artspace has been running the Art of Coventry programme throughout 2018 to develop and support artists and curators across the West Midlands.

The last events of the season are taking place over the next few weeks. Heavily subsidised, they have been designed specifically to respond to the interests and preoccupations described by participants at Artspace’s regular networking and drop-in sessions:

The Art of Curation Masterclass #4
Thursday 25 October 2018, 1-4pm.
Artspace Arcadia Gallery

Anna Douglas is an independent curator of exhibitions and projects responding to film, photography, sound, performance, architecture and everyday life.

This hands-on workshop explores the relationship between the curator and their audience; Does thinking about ‘your’ audience limit your own creative impulses and passions? What happens if we approach curating as a situated diaological and collaborative practice? How does it change things? What if you think of yourself as a participatory viewer?

Tickets: £15 (£8 concessions).


The Art of Curation Evening Talk #4
Thursday 25 October 2018, 6-7:30pm
Floor 11, Eaton House

Anna Douglas will provide illustrations from a range of recent curatorial projects, and will trace the evolution of her curatorial practice that experiments with an ‘action model‘ in which the curatorial ‘process’ is understood as self conscious, creative, situated, interpretive, social, moral and political at every stage – and in which curator and audiences alike are re-imagined as collaborators in making meaning.

Free (suggested donation of £3 welcome).


The Art of Installation #4
Sunday 28th October, Artspace Arcadia Gallery

Led by Ryan Hughes, Director of Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art. Ahead of the ‘Older Women’ pop-up exhibition curated by Anna Douglas with Shared Space Collective, this course will look at hanging and packing art works. The workshop will involve looking at hanging heights, securing artwork to the wall and packing art works for storage or transportation.

£20 (£10 concessions).


Visiting artwork #4 – Pop Up Exhibition on Older Women, Shirley Baker.
Artspace Arcadia Gallery
2-10 November 2018, 1-3pm.

Inspired by and featuring photographs by Shirley Baker over a 60 years career, the theme of this pop-up exhibition is ‘older women’. Over the course of 3 days curator Anna Douglas will be working with artists of The Shared Collective in a collaborative experiment using the ‘photo-elicitation method’. The results of their work will exhibited at Artspace Arcadia Gallery.


The Art of Fear
The Tin Music and Arts
– 4 November 2018, 9:15am – 5pm.

Led by James Barrett, Warwickshire-based psychotherapist and co-founder of the West Midlands Training in Jungian Psychotherapy. This creative and experimental two-day workshop takes as its starting point the observation that art involves uncertainty and that apprehensiveness is inevitable at times. Artists can encounter fear at all stages of the artistic process and fear may also be brought on by external life factors, failed funding bids or competitions. Participants will be introduced to techniques of social dreaming and new ways of thinking about their relationship with life, creativity and fear.

£40 (£20 concessions)

More details on the artist and curator development programme can be found here.

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