New Art West Midlands 2019 x Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art

NAWM are delighted to launch the open call for New Art West Midlands 2019 in partnership with Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Herbert Art Gallery and International Curators Forum (ICF). 


New Art West Midlands 2019 is a new model curated exhibition that takes place at Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, 4 October – 24 November, across a variety of sites in the city. Applications will be considered in relation to the unique context of the city and to the Biennial.

Coventry Biennial takes ‘The Twin’ as its theme this year. 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Coventry’s twinning with Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), Russia. As the world’s first formal international twinning, this is a significant moment which locates Coventry as an international, collaborative city. The Biennial will consider what twinning might mean within the context of contemporary artistic practice, explore the urgency of collaborative and participatory projects, and look at what happens when artists and others come together to make. The Biennial opens dialogues between artworks and place, presenting exhibitions in galleries, historical sites and the public realm in Coventry and its surrounding areas.

Following the enormous success of their Diaspora Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, we are very pleased to announce that International Curators Forum will select a cohort of 20 emerging artists from diverse backgrounds to exhibit existing work at New Art West Midlands 2019 x Coventry Biennial.

Professional Development

In addition to participation in Coventry Biennial, a smaller cohort of diverse exhibiting artists will be selected to work in partnership with ICF and an appointed curator on a year-long professional development programme. This intensive period will support practice-based skills toward the development of new work for a further curated exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery (Culture Coventry), in autumn 2020.


Applications are welcomed from visual arts graduates from Birmingham City University, Coventry University, Hereford College of Arts, Staffordshire University, University of Wolverhampton and University of Worcester graduating at BA, MA or PhD level in 2017, 2018 or 2019.

Diversity and diversification are key priorities for New Art West Midlands and our partners. We particularly welcome applications from artists with culturally diverse heritage or who explore diversity in their practice, as well as artists who identify as disabled and/or LGBTQI. Previously unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply.

Applications should be submitted via our online application portal.

Deadline: 5pm, Monday 17 June 2019.