2pm – 5pm, Thursday 19 September
The Box, FarGo Village, Coventry
Part of the Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art


As the inaugural Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art draws to a close, this symposium examines the impact of the art biennial on place-making. It asks what makes a new biennial distinctive within the global cult of biennials? And is it enough for a biennial to be responsive, embedded and tailored to its locality? Organised in partnership with New Art West Midlands, this event will help shape Coventry’s future biennial offerings and celebrate some of region’s other biennial treasures.

Contributors include: Nicolas Whybrow, a writer and academic at the University of Warwick whose research on the subject of art biennials has been published extensively; Jane Ball, Course Director for Fine Art at Coventry University; Iain Cartwright, Executive Director of the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent; and Chris Poolman and Elizabeth Rowe, the artists behind the Balsall Heath Biennale – a two year (2011-13) contemporary art project in an inner city area of Birmingham.

Tickets cost £5. Please pay cash on arrival.

There are 10x bursaries available to attend this event, please email info@newartwestmidlands.co.uk for further information.

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