Spon Spun Arts & Heritage Trail

Saturday 15th September 2018, 11am – 4pm, Spon End  (The Female Warrior will be performed at 1pm and at the end of the Trail at 4pm)

This year the Spon Spun Arts & Heritage Trail takes as its theme Re-invention and will run from Holyhead Studios on Lower Holyhead Road up Spon Street, through the Subway, along Upper Spon Street and finishing up at The Broomfield Tavern.  Start and finish wherever you like! Along the way you’ll find all sorts of wonderful artists and their creations; musical, mechanical, digital, woven, printed and molded.  Discover the nooks and crannies and colourful stories – past and present – of Coventry’s Spon End.  As part of the 2018 Heritage Open Days Spon Spun is also celebrating the national 2018 theme of Extraordinary Women with 2 performances of The Female Warrior by Talking Birds in The Langar Aid House garden, off Upper Spon Street.  The first performance will be at 1pm and the second at the end of the trail at 4pm.  Enjoy!



Spon Spun Follow-up Exhibition

Private view : 5.30 – 7.00pm, Thursday 4 October 2018

Artspace Arcadia Gallery, 32 City Arcade, CV1 3HW

Exhibition: Friday 5 – Saturday 20 October

Opening times: 12pm – 3pm Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fridays, 10am – 1pm Saturdays.  Not open Sundays or Mondays.

Saturday 15th September 2018, 11am – 4pm, Spon End  (The Female Warrior will be performed at 1pm and at the end of the Trail at 4pm)

The follow-up exhibition will be curated by Sarah Jerrard-Dinn and will include work selected to capture the essence of the 2018 Trail.



Spon Spun Community Meal & Evaluation

Sunday 7th October 12-2pm.
(In replace of theCommunity Picnic – 16 September 2018 which was cancelled)

An opportunity for members of the Spon End community, partners and artists to come together to enjoy good food and each other’s company. It will also be the chance to share stories and feedback and discuss plans for 2019. The event is hosted by Langar Aid as part of Langar Aid week. Langar is the term used in Sikhism for the community kitchen in a Gurdwara where a free meal is served to all visitors, without distinction of religion, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The free meal is always vegetarian. Join us if you can!

A Cartoon History of Here

Wednesday 12th September, 7.30pm The Albany Studio, The Butts, Spon End

This year Positive Images Festival have organised a special event at The Albany Theatre to support the Spon Spun Festival.  A unigue opportunity to get involved with renowned cartoonist, Tony Husband and poet, Ian McMillan in an uproarious, fun workshop and performance for all the family.  Tony talks about cartoons and gives a demonstration of how he draws them. Ian talks about how poems & drawings can fizz together and how they move us to think in different directions. Tony and Ian then give a project to draw and go round giving guidance and help. The workshop ends with A Grand Cartoon-in & Poem relay race.

Brilliant fun for individuals and groups.

Ticket Prices: Usually £12.50, BUT!  As this event is provided by The Positive Images Festival especially for Spon Spun 2018, call or email the box office and quote reference C4RTOON for FREE TICKETS – what a treat!  Find out more and book here  

Find out more about The Positive Images Festival here

Spon Spun Summer Saturday 8 September 2018

Our Summer Saturday on 8th September will have three parts!

Part 1: Kicking off at noon at Oasis Community Cafe on Upper Spon Street we are delighted to host a participatory workshop with artist Toni Buckby of The Interlace Project at Derby Silk Mill Museum.  This event is also  part of The Art of Coventry Season 2 programme produced by Coventry Artspace and supports The Art of Curation #3 events.  Toni will be creating an interactive textile piece over the course of the afternoon with woven pieces created by visitors. Drop in to weave your own touch sensor piece using conductive thread. All tools and materials will be provided. The completed piece will then be shown on The Arts & Heritage Trail on 15th September.  The Art of Coventry Programme is funded by Arts Council England and Coventry City Council and The Interlace Project is commissioned by D-Lab and Derby Silk Mill Museum and supported by Arts Council England.

Part 2: Equally exciting is the pilot of the Talking Birds quirky and idiosyncratic walking tour of Spon End. Come and tune in to some of the secrets of Spon End in the company of your guide, Herbert. Expect a trail of the unexpected – and help Talking Birds develop this work-in-progress walking tour by giving your feedback afterwards over tea & cake.  At Spon Spun 2018 Talking Birds is piloting the first of its city trails commissioned as part of Coventry City of Culture’s Great Place project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.  Tours at 1pm & 2.30pm from outside the Oasis Community Cafe, Spon End CV1 3BL. Free and suitable for all ages, and route is ramp accessible, but pre-booking essential by e-mailling (please state how many places you would like to reserve and any access requirements you’d like to let us know about).  Twitter/Instagram: @birdmail

Part 3: We finish this(Super) Summer Saturday once again at The Rose Community Centre and grass nearby 2 – 4pm.  Activities for all the family (drumming, arts & crafts, weaving, circus skills) and delicious free food provided by The Men’s Shed.


Spon Spun Summer Saturday 25 August 2018

2-4pm, The Rose Community Centre and grass nearby – activities for all the family (drumming, arts & crafts, weaving, circus skills) and delicious free food provided by The Men’s Shed

Spon Spun 2017 Events