The past 5 years has seen Artspace continue on its planned trajectory of evolution from its pre-charity set up of an umbrella organisation housing Artspace Artists (artist studio holders, members and their projects) and Arts Exchange (a community arts wing delivering artist-led projects with local groups). This evolution has seen Artspace develop its sustainability and gain in local, regional and national recognition as an approachable, experimental and outward facing visual art organisation working to build on Coventry’s developing reputation as a centre for visual art innovation and excellence.
Artspace's projects during this time have been:
The Artistic Programme: providing a range of opportunities for artists to make and present new work in the city, public events and volunteering. In 2012/13 this activity took place via our Artspace Research Commission (ARC) programme.
Visual Artist Studios and associated Members’ Scheme: affordable ‘messy’ spaces, free test space, professional development and a local peer network for artists.
Outreach and Education: connecting our programme and projects with people from all walks of life in Coventry, often with freelance artist residents and outreach specialists Vicky Ram, Martin Malone and Frieda van de Poll
Arts Development for Coventry City Council: services for artists and community organisations, grants and strategic developmental projects for the arts in the city
Artspace's two year arts programme 'City Arcadia' is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the past, present and imagined future of Coventry city centre. Between 2014-16 we are devising, commissioning and presenting this Arts Council England & Coventry City Council funded programme that will inspire new imaginings, insights, and perceptions of a city in transition. We are working with up to nine artists in different locations across the city, offering the opportunity for visitors and inhabitants to join us on a creative journey to Coventry's future.
City Arcadia is based at 32 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW www.city-arcadia.co.uk
We also continue to manage the Artspace building with Visual Artist Studios and associated Members’ Scheme, Outreach and Education, and supporting Coventry City Council's Small Arts Grant Scheme.
During 2014-16, we are also looking at our long-term vision for Artspace and the visual arts in Coventry and how we as an approachable and experimental visual arts organisation continue to support artists and arts development, locally, regionally and nationally.