Planning is underway for the second Biennial, taking place in Autumn 2019.

We look forward to sharing with you our news and future plans in the coming months. Thank you to Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Arts Council England for their support, and allowing us to undertake a period of crucial development.

A new website and new identity for the Festival is coming soon.


Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art is an ambitious artist-led festival bringing critically engaged, high quality contemporary visual art to the city and surrounding area.

The first festival took place from 6-22 October 2017 in historic buildings and  cultural venues across the city. We return in Autumn 2019.


Assembly Birmingham

We were chuffed to hear a-n have organised another series of Assembly events across the country this summer. Led by locally based artists, the events bring artists together for workshops, talks and get-togethers that focus on the issues that matter most to that region’s artist community. On Friday 15 June, Assembly comes to Eastside Projects in Birmingham.

Working in collaboration with artist and curator Antonio Roberts, Assembly Birmingham will address the increasing amount of development taking place across the city and the Midlands as a whole, exploring both the opportunities and the challenges this presents for the visual arts community in the region.

Ryan Hughes, Director of the Biennial has been invited to be on one of the panels at the event.

Tickets are free for a-n members or £5 for non-members. They can be booked here.


Planting Biennials into Place: Potluck & Discussion

On Friday 27 July from 6pm at Artspace Arcadia Gallery, Dale Hipkiss, Birmingham-based artist and Coventry Biennial 2017 exhibitor will share his recent experience of Manifesta 12: Planetary Garden, Europe’s nomadic biennial which is currently occupying Palermo, Italy. Manifesta has stated an intention to investigate “the role of cultural intervention, allowing citizens to take back ownership …

Application Writing with Zoë Lippett

Application Writing with Zoë Lippett Tuesday 22 May 2018. 6-8pm. Coventry venue tbc. £7 (+ booking fee) Due to popular demand, we have invited Zoë Lippett, Exhibitions and Artists’ Projects Curator at The New Art Gallery Walsall to deliver an educational session for visual artists who are considering submitting their first funding applications. Drawing on her experience of …


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