The Spon Spun Festival Group is inviting calls for artworks/projects to be included in this year’s art trail. The art trail is a one-day event taking place between 11am and 5pm on Saturday 15th September 2018 (times to be confirmed nearer the date).

We are interested in interventions, installations, performances, experiments, moving images, video based work, artistic research projects and concepts which benefit from being installed in the Spon End environment.

Proposals for work in all locations will be considered (see map on below application document).

We are particularly interested in locations that are meaningful to the local community. If you have a proposal but haven’t yet specified a location you can still apply and, if selected to participate we will help you identify a location. If you have selected a location please let us know in your proposal.

How to apply

Email for an application form or download here:

Call Out 2018

Return it to or post it to: Coventry Artspace Partnerships, Floor 4, Eaton House, Coventry CV1 2FJ. Mark your email or envelope ‘SPON SPUN ART TRAIL PROPOSAL’ .

Artists working in all disciplines can apply. This can include, but is not limited to, music, video, sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, performance, sound, interventions, participatory and collaborative work.

Artists do not need to live in Spon End to apply.

Selection panel

The selection panel will consist of representatives from Spon Spun partners including at least two practising artists.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria are relevance, artistic quality, originality, creativity and feasibility of realising the project.   It is expected that there will be at least 10 stops on the Art Trail.

Application deadline

EXTENDED TO 10.00PM 31 July 2018

Terms and conditions

Application is free. Participation in the Art Trail is free of charge and the trail is free to view.

Subject to funding, the Management Group will endeavour to pay all exhibiting artists a minimum of £20 towards the costs of taking part, payable on the day of the Art Trail. In exceptional circumstances the organisers will try to identify further funds for expenses where appropriate. If you would find support for materials useful in realising your work for the art trail please include this information (with an estimate of costs) in your application.

The artwork remains the property of the artist at all times.

The Spon Spun Festival Team will promote the art trail and related activities in various ways including social media and the Heritage Open Weekend publicity. All work selected will be included on a printed Spon Spun Art Trail Map.

The Art Trail will be documented and disseminated in a variety of ways including social media pages and website.

We reserve the right to use images or work provided by the participants and produced for the Art Trail for press and public relations purposes.

Selected artists must agree to:

  • Provide a certificate of Public Liability Insurance, a copy of this will need to be submitted to the organisers prior to installation of the work*.
  • Install their work by 11am and remove it and clear up by 5pm on the day of the art trail (15th September 2018). Please make clear on your form if you will require assistance with the installation of your work.
  • Stay with their work for the duration of the art trail or nominate someone to do this on their behalf and be prepared to talk to the public about their work.
  • Provide images of work and an accompanying statement and biography to be used for publicity purposes.


*This can be provided by a number of insurance companies or comes free with annual membership to A-N the Artists Information Co. Coventry university students, staff and AA2A artists are covered by the university’s insurance and therefore don’t need to provide their own copy.

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