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About Coventry Biennial

Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art brings critically engaged, high quality contemporary visual art to the city and surrounding area. Celebrating and promoting contemporary art and artists, the festival is equally rooted to the city of Coventry, its history and its future.

The first Biennial took place from 6 – 22 October 2017 in venues across the city, the centrepiece being the wonderfully sprawling CET Building, now under redevelopment.

The second Biennial will take place from the 4 October – 24 November 2019 and the third festival will take place throughout the Autumn of 2021 when Coventry will be well into its year long celebration as UK City of Culture!

We recently produced a publication outlining our successes in 2017 and looking forward to our coming festivals, a high quality PDF of this publication can be downloaded here.


Ryan Hughes, Founder and Artistic Director

Michael Pigott, Director (Academic and Audio-Visual)

Sarah Jerrard-Dinn, Director (Engagement)

Kurt Hickson, Director (Technical)

Annabel Clarke, Marketing Manager

Advisory Board

Craig Ashley, Director, New Art West Midlands

James Lomax, Artist

Lara Ratnaraja, Creative Industries Consultant

Benedict Davenport, Arts Coordinator, Crisis

Nilupa Yasmin, Artist

Alan Denyer, AWD Restorations

Helen Cuthill, Associate Dean (Enterprise and Commercial), Coventry University

Dr Bharti Parmar, Artist and Academic

Janet Vaughan, Co-Artistic Director, Talking Birds

Dr Vishalakshi Roy, Director, Earthen Lamp

Nicolas Whybrow, Professor, University of Warwick

Mair Evans, Freelance Arts Producer; Arts Officer, Warwick District Council

Clare Mitchell, Development Manager (Arts and Cultural Partnerships), Coventry City Council


Thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England, Coventry University, Coventry City Council, Coventry Artspace and The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

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