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A series of commissions by artists from Coventry and Warwickshire as a part of Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art 2019.
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Sky Blue Making will be part of Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art's 2019 exhibitions programme. The programme focuses on and supports artists from Coventry and Warwickshire, ensuring the creation of opportunities for practitioners in the area and allowing them and their work to reach wider audiences.

As in 2017, our upcoming 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 this 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.

Risks and challenges

Coventry has many talented artists and we are meeting new practitioners on an almost weekly basis. Perhaps our largest challenge will be selecting the artists that could benefit from this timely support and inclusion in Coventry Biennial 2019. This will be resolved through our teams' continued engagement with the art community across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Coventry Biennial 2019 will take place from the 4 October 2019 - 24 November 2019. We have some funds in place to deliver this ambitious festival already, and our team are currently fundraising to support our work further. We are additionally fundraising through this kickstarter campaign to target our support and provide meaningful opportunities to local artists, ensuring that we are not just exhibiting the work of 'big names'.

Since our last biennial in 2017 we have undergone a substantial period of organizational development, ensuring that our newly expanded team and advisory board have the best skills, knowledge and experiences to deliver an exciting festival in 2019.

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    Manchester Contemporary PV Tickets

    The Manchester Contemporary is one of the UK's leading art fairs and is committed to showing critically engaged contemporary artists and galleries. With this reward you will receive a ticket, which admits two, to the preview of the 2018 edition of Manchester Contemporary which takes place on Friday 12th October from 5pm - 9pm!

    If you can't make the preview, don't worry, you can still use this ticket for the rest of the fair which continues until the 14th October.

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    The Black Moss Exhibition Catalogue

    In 2006 Birmingham based artist duo Juneau Projects presented an exhibition at Ikon Gallery. With this reward you'll receive a copy of the 136 page exhibition catalogue which includes texts by Nigel Prince and Jonathan Watkins.

    Additionally, you will be listed as a supporter on our website and will recieve a complimentary copy of Picpus 19.

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    Yangtze Risograph Print

    Returning to our kickstarter after being tremendously popular in 2017 is this A4 limited edition risograph print by Warwickshire born, Cornwall based artist and photographer Imogen Frost. With this reward you'll receive a one colour risograph print of a photograph which Imogen took in 2016 during her travels around Asia.

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    Random Selection of Artist Publications

    Over the past few years artists have very generously given us multiple copies of publications they have made. With this reward you will recieve a goodie bag containing no less than 4 publications by artists and groups including Granby Workshop, Dylan Fox, Bermuda Collective, Space Gambus Experiment and Elizabeth Veldon.

    Please note that no two goodie bags will be the same and we cannot guarentee which artists you will recieve publications by.

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    New Art West Midlands Catalogues

    Over the past 6 years New Art West Midlands has been a graduate artist showcase, each of these exhibitions has been accompanied by a catalogue with texts by a range of artists, curators and academics. With this reward you'll receive copies of the 2017 and 2018 catalogues.

    Additionally, you will be listed as a supporter on our website and will recieve a complimentary copy of Picpus 19.

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    Sound Art Zines

    Chicago based sound art radio station Radius produced a pair of limited edition screen printed, risograph and photocopied zines. With this reward you will receive copies of both of them.

    Additionally, you will be listed as a supporter on our website and will recieve a complimentary copy of Picpus 19.

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    Read the Future of the City Card Game

    Coventry based artist Lauren Heywood has made this deck of cards for exploring the city in collaborative and playful ways. With this reward you will receive a pack of these playing cards.

    Additionally, you will be listed as a supporter on our website and will receive a complimentary copy of Picpus 19.

    This reward has been generously provided by Coventry Artspace Partnerships.

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    Minton Robot Risograph Print

    Returning to our kickstarter after being tremendously popular in 2017 is this A3 limited edition risograph print by London based artist Simon Poulter. With this reward you'll receive a two colour risograph print of 1950s style robot set on a back drop of 1850s style minton tiles.

    Additionally, you will be listed as a supporter on our website and will recieve a complimentary copy of Picpus 19.

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    Coventry Dérive Disposable Camera

    Coventry based artist Adele Mary Reed has undertaken a trio 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 Coventry.

    Additionally, you will be listed as a supporter on our website and will recieve a complimentary copy of Picpus 19.

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    Proposal for a Kiosk Linocut Print

    Coventry Biennial is an artist-led organization meaning that our directors are all practicing artists.

    Our Founder and Artistic Director, Ryan Hughes generally makes collaborative works around the digital/physical. With this reward you can own a totally unique A2 lino cut print on heavy Somerset paper, the only work of this kind he has ever made.

    Additionally, you will be listed as a supporter on our website and will receive a complimentary copy of Picpus 19.

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    Agree and Disagree Scarf

    Artist collective Freee publish their work in a variety of forms, recently this has included making scarfs. With this reward you will receive a knitted scarf which has been emblazoned with political commentary, examples of texts include 'post-landlord-ism' and 'Love and Anger'.

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    Mushroom Forager Prototype Sculpture

    Birmingham based artist duo Juneau Projects often fuse imagery from the natural world with digital production techniques. With this reward you will receive a prototype of one of their recent sculpture works. Made using perspex and oak veneered plywood these small objects depict one man and his dog taking shelter below an oversized mushroom.

    Additionally, you will be listed as a supporter on our website and will receive a complimentary copy of Picpus 19.

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    Hand Stitched Appliqué Embroidory

    London based artist Stewart Francis Easton is best known for producing murals and embroidered works. With this reward you can own a totally unique, 50 x 40cm and highly desirable embroidery.

    Additionally, you will be listed as a supporter on our website and will receive a complimentary copy of Picpus 19.

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    Tour-ist

    With this reward, Ryan Hughes, artistic director of Coventry Biennial will take you on a private guided tour of one of the exhibitions at Coventry Biennial 2019.

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    Parquet Woodcut Print

    Birmingham based artist (and graduate of Coventry Polytechnic) Bharti Parmar has recently made a series of limited edition woodcut prints.

    With this reward you will receive a work from this series, printed by master printer James Hill at St. Barnabas Press in Cambridge. This work, on 90gms Zerkell Ingres paper, continues Bharti's exploration of veneers and tessellation.

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    Commissioner

    Through this reward you will become the commissioner of a unique artwork to be exhibited at Coventry Biennial 2018. The artist will retain ownership of their artwork but we will make it clear on press releases, captions and other communications that the work couldn't have been made without your support. As the commissioner you will gain a unique insight to the artists process and will get to join the curators on a studio visit to see the artwork being made, ahead of the exhibition.

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