Collective//Pod: Contemporary Art Commision for Coventry Pride

£150 available to develop and deliver a Contemporary Art exhibition for Coventry Pride 2015 (June 27th-28th)

Collective//Pod would like to commission a professional practicing artist, who is active in LGBT community, to develop and deliver an Exhibition for the first Pride ever to be held in Coventry.

The exhibition should explore LGBT themes and be accessible for all ages. You will need to ensure that you can evaluate, assess and manage associated risks and deliver the Exhibition on 27th and 28th June.

The inclusive value of the project is £150. Artists will responsible to Collective//Pod. Please limit your proposal to a maximum of 500 words and carefully consider our criteria. We also require that you include a CV with your proposal including a professional arts portfolio with evidence of exhibition and current studio work. Send your proposal to: by 6pm Monday 1st June.

About Collective//Pod

Collective//Pod has a majority membership of artists with lived experience of severe and enduring mental ill health and believes that creativity challenges and infiltrates what we do and how we feel, both subconsciously and consciously. Through their relationship with the Pod and collaboration with other professional artists and creative industries on a local and international platform, symbiotic and transformative relationships have evolved. This has been achieved through the continued development of a professional, eclectic, thought provoking and evolving arts programme that inspires images of possibility.

About the Exhibition Space.

Collective//Pod and Pod are the proud custodians and curators of the Bob and Roberta Smith shed known as the Coventry Centre of Contemporary Art (CCCA). Bob and Roberta Smith conceived the shed as an alternative fine arts exhibition and project space for Coventry.

Collective//Pod and Pod are committed to preserving and developing the original concept. The shed, most recently at the Herbert in Coventry, was used in the Bob and Roberta Smith installation at the Mead Gallery in 2009. Bob and Roberta Smith is currently leading a high profile, political campaign to assert the importance of arts and culture in education and life.

Project Scope

The exhibition space is approximately 2.5m square with 3 walls to exhibit on. Previous exhibitions have included Installations, Photographic exhitions and Paintings. See links to previous exhibitions at CCCA below. Eve Hyde-Davis Mike Chavez Dawson

Essential Criteria

  • Artist must be active in LGBT community
  • Artist must be actively producing art have a professional arts portfolio with evidence of exhibition and current studio work
  • Artist is expected to promote the event and include references to the collective//Pod in PR material
  • Artist must provide a costing breakdown of planned activity. Including material and promotional costs
  • Artist is responsible for carrying out necessary risk assessments
  • Artist must be available and present for the Pride Event days 27th 28th June to curate/invigilate work

Desirable criteria

  • Artist to be able to invigilate or find someone to invigilate the exhibition at other times and days throughout the course of the exhibition

How did we do?

Have you been to any of our events over the last few months? Could you spare less than 2 minutes to let us know your thoughts?

You may well be aware we have received funding for our programme over the last few months from the Arts Council England and we are gathering information to let them know about our progress and to gain feedback to improve future events.

Click here to complete our questionnaire, to show our appreciation we are giving away a pair of free tickets, at random, to anyone who completes our survey.

Thanks from everyone at The Tin Music and Arts



The Tin Music and Arts Fundraiser

This June, as part of LocalGiving’s #LocalHero campaign, we’re looking for people to get involved with fundraising in any innovative, exciting or funny way – to help us be in with a chance of winning £1000 to add towards our total!

If you’re interested in helping us, send your fundraising ideas to– or alternatively you can visit our LocalGiving page to donate any amount of money!

Please help us with our fundraiser to replace our ageing PA system.
We just wanted to let you know that we are currently taking part in Grow Your Tenner match fund campaign. This means that through our Localgiving page, any donation you make will be matched by up to £10! The campaign will match one-time donations pound-for-pound up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 6 months.

If you donate £10 during Grow Your Tenner and we’ll receive £21.55, including match funding and Gift Aid!

In just three days, from donations of £270, we have reached a whopping £462.50 including matches funds and Gift Aid.

But, it doesn’t have to be £10, it can be any amount. However, if you do decide to donate more, we get more matched funds by spreading the payment over several months.

“Why do you need to raise money?”, I hear you ask.

We inherited our PA system from Taylor John’s House. Taylor John’s House opened over 8 years ago and the PA was second hand then! Like Trigger’s broom, bits have been replaced over then years. We need something more reliable.

As well as continuing to programme quality live music at the venue, we also run a Youth Music Project, The Big Music Project, host poetry, film, other charity fundraisers. This fundraiser will benefit all groups that use the space. The PA we want to buy will also be easily transportable and so we plan to do more events in other venues such as Drapers’ Bar & RestaurantFargo VillageThe Criterion Theatre EarlsdonTheatre Absolute and other exciting spaces. T

Thanks for reading and if you are interested in what we do, please share. We look forward to keeping you updated. X



Coventry Peace Festival

Peace Festival Logo

As the world capital for Peace and Reconciliation, Coventry hosts a two week long Peace Festival.

This year, we’re very happy to be involved in putting on Tamikrest of the 5th November. This show is particularly fitting, as Tamikrest hail from Kidal in Mali, a town which became one of the strategic strongholds of radical Islamists.

The peace-loving young Tuaregs of Tamikrest (the name of the group means ‘gathering’) regret this all the more, since their songs have always expressed the sufferings of their people and their struggle for recognition of their identity.

Book in advance, as this show is likely to sell out.


Coventry Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open DaysAfter the success of the last Coventry Heritage Open Day here at The Canal Basin, there will be a Victorian Christmas Market held here on the 6th December, complete with Santa’s Grotto!

If you’d like to get involved, get in touch by emailing

FarGo Village Grand Opening

Fargo weekend

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th September.

This weekend finally sees the launch of FarGo Village, an incredibly exciting new development for the Arts in Coventry. With a fantastic line up of live music, partly curated by The Tin, as well as Theatre, Markets, Art and Food, get down this weekend to celebrate the opening of what will hopefully become a buzzing cultural hub of Coventry City Centre.

Check out their Facebook page to for a full line up, and more information.

Coventry Heritage Weekend at the Canal Basin

Saturday 13th September

Live Music from Cliff Hand, Ben Penrose and Izzie Derry.

The Tin at the Coal Vaults will open it’s doors for live music and for people to visit and look around the venue on Saturday 13th September between 10am – 4pm. The date is part of the nation-wide Heritage Weekend 2014 and The Tin and other local businesses, along with Coventry Sports Foundation which is organising a Craft and Country Fair, will celebrate at the Canal Basin.

The Coventrian narrowboat will be doing free trips (book by calling Mark Cooke on 079894567081 or and there will be food and drink stalls, arts and crafts* and a bouncy castle and golf. Admission is free.

* For information about how you can book a stall email

Coventry Music Network

A massive thank you, first of all, to everyone who came to the inaugural meeting of the Coventry Music Network – it was fantastic to see so many people there. Missed it? Fear not! The next one will be held on Friday 26th September at 7.00pm in the Community Space.

In the meantime, to keep up with all the upcoming CMN events, head over to our Facebook page and Twitter and get involved!



The Tin Music and Arts and Tin Angel Records present a weekend of quality live music at The Tin at the Coal Vaults this July. Starting on Thursday 17th with Trokya and Pulcinella, followed by the internationally acclaimed Colin Stetson on Friday, and closed by the wonderful Trembling Bells on Saturday. Join us for what is sure to be a fantastic 3 days of live music, with many more acts still to be added to the line up – there’s only one place to be this July.

Tickets are £20 until the end of June and £24 afterwards. Buy yours now! 


Colin Stetson will also perform a London show at Dingwalls on 16th July. More info here