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Cultivating (more) Flight in Blue Skies

Project Overview

Cultivating (more) Flight in Blue Skies is the second residency and commission opportunity produced by Coventry Biennial, DASH and Talking Birds that is designed to support a Midlands based d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent visual artist to produce a new artwork or project that will be presented as a part of Coventry Biennial 2021.

The residency is offered by Talking Birds as a continuation of their Nest Residency programme that provides time, space and conversation with other artists, and is designed to allow you to think, experiment and take a punt on one of those 'What if...?' ideas.

The commission is offered by DASH and Coventry Biennial as a continuation of both organisations' creative professional development work and their public programmes.

About Coventry Biennial 2021

Applicants should note that Coventry Biennial 2021: HYPER-POSSIBLE will be exploring the legacies, working practices and intersections of a trio of art historical moments in the city, these are:

• Art & Language / Conceptual Art (1960's/70's)
• The BLK Art Group (1980's)
• Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (1990's/2000's)

This will involve artworks exploring ideas related to housing, climate change and the
anthropocene, radical pedagogy and alternative education, protest, activism and dissent and identities in relation to the future - particularly Cyber-Feminism and Afro-Futurism.

While we do not want to be too prescriptive around the output of the residency or
commission at this point, it is important that proposals address one (or some) of the
above ideas and moments.

Project Benefits and Fees

The successful visual artist will be provided with an accessible work space with Talking Birds where they will benefit from mentoring, constructive critical input and production support from the three partner organisations.

The successful visual artist will also receive:
Residency fee: £1,500 (plus additional access support to make the residency suit you) Commission fee: £1,000.​​​​​

Deadlines, Shortlisting and Interviews

The deadline for applications is: 6 April 2021
We’ll contact shortlisted applicants on: 8 April 2021
Interviews will take place via Zoom on: 12 April 2021

For full details about how to apply visit our Projects page or the Coventry Biennial website.