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Coventry Artspace warmly invites artists to enjoy the final events in Season 2 of The Art of Coventry Programme.   These opportunities have been designed specifically to respond to the interests and preoccupations described by participants at Artspace’s networking and drop-in sessions.  They aim to raise levels of skill, aspiration and resilience in artists, to help them prepare for the demands of working in a City of Culture.

 The Art of Coventry Programme is supported by Arts Council England, Coventry City Council and Coventry University and all the opportunities are heavily subsidized – don’t miss your chance to take part!


The Art of Curation Masterclass #4

Thursday 25th October, 1-4pm.

Artspace Arcadia Gallery


Anna Douglas, 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 just £15 (£8 concessions).



The Art of Curation Evening Talk #4

Thursday 25th October, 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


This is a free event (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. 


Tickets cost £20 (£10 concessions).



Visiting artwork #4 – Pop Up Exhibition on Older Women (Shirley Baker)

Artspace Arcadia Gallery

1-3pm, 2nd – 10th November


Inspired by and featuring photographs taken 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.


Everyone is welcome to the preview on the 1st November 5:30-7pm!



The Art of Fear

The Tin Music and Arts

3rd and 4th November, 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. 


Tickets cost £40 (£20 concessions)


For more details on this innovative artists professional development programme visit


Coventry Artspace is a charity supporting the development of visual arts in the city. Our core work is to provide affordable spaces for visual artists to work and exhibit in, and opportunities for their professional development.



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Earlier Event: September 28
The Atlantic Project Opening
Later Event: October 4
Middlesbrough Art Weekender