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Sky Blue Making – kickstarter supporting local artists

by Annabel Clarke

This year we are crowdfunding in order to further support artists from Coventry and Warwickshire through our festival programme in 2019.

Our Sky Blue Making strand of the festival will ensure the creation of opportunities for practitioners in the area, and allow them and their work to reach wider audiences.

As in 2017, at the 2019 Biennial, our exhibitions, events and activities will take place in multiple venues across the city – in art galleries and museums as well as more unexpected locations. Funds raised through the kickstarter will ensure that artists with CV postcodes, artists who are based in and making work in Coventry and Warwickshire, are included in these exhibitions.

Sky Blue Making is named for the city, referencing its history as a place of making everything from ribbon and watches to engines and taxis, but also hinting at the ‘blue sky thinking’ which has enabled Coventry to seize its position as a culturally rich and active city. Funds raised through this kickstarter will firmly place visual artists at the centre of this exciting moment in Coventry.

Through Sky Blue Making and with the support of the kickstarter community we will commission new and ambitious artworks, providing artists with fair pay and access to materials, networks and technical support.

As with any good crowdfunding campaign, we have some fantastic rewards up for grabs – including exhibition catalogues from Juneau Projects and New Art West Midlands, a risograph prints by Imogen Frost and Simon Poulter, Radius Sound Art Zines, Read the Future of the City card game by Coventry-based artist Lauren Heywood, sculpture by Juneau Projects and embroidery by Stewart Easton.

Additionally, there will be a chance to own a collection of exclusive photographs by Coventry-based artist Adele Mary Reed. She has undertaken a series of dérive’s around Coventry. En route she has produced a collection of photographs using B&W Ilford disposable cameras. With this reward you’ll be able to get the films developed to receive a unique set of 27 photographs of the city.

You can support us via our Kickstarter here.

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by Annabel Clarke

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