Creative Connections Artist

Creative Connections is an ambitious and exciting creative engagement project involving young people, schools, local communities and contemporary artists. Creative Connections Coventry aims to connect young people living in Coventry with a nationally renowned contemporary artist to explore the National Portrait Gallery and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum’s collections. Together, the young people and artist will create new collaborative responses to portraits of notable people from or connected to Coventry.

Artists Responsibilities:

• To work closely with the Herbert and National Portrait Gallery in researching Coventry?s people, history, identity and geography, with an awareness of and focus on inclusion and representation.
• Work with the galleries to choose portraits from both collections.
• To produce new artworks working to Gallery standards.
• To work with and respond to young people?s interests, thoughts and ideas, considering how artworks could be reinterpreted to relate to the participants experiences.

There is a budget of £8000 for the artist’s fee inclusive of travel costs and £2000 for production of new contemporary artwork for the exhibition. The Gallery holds a separate budget for exhibition design, interpretation, installation materials and marketing.

To view the full artist brief and application details, please visit our website on:

Artists interested in the project are invited to submit a proposal by Sunday 15th March by email to Rosie Watts, Community Engagement Officer, Culture Coventry and Helen Whiteoak, Head of Programmes & Engagement, National Portrait Gallery

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Contact Name

Rosie Watts 

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Start Date

11th March 2020

Closing Date

15th March 2020