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With the deadline fast approaching we are happy to announce our three judges!

On the 8th of December we will be opening our doors to an inspiring exhibition showcasing a wide range of talent and mixed media from the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

Submissions for the tenth Coventry Open can range from painting, to drawing, print, sculpture, textiles, photography and film.

Artists must be aged 18 or over and living in the West Midlands or Warwickshire.
Selection will take place on Tuesday 27 November 2018 by an independent panel of judges.
Results of the selection will be posted on Wednesday 28 November 2018 in the SAE provided by the artist.
A prize of £1000 will be awarded by the judges to the overall winner.

'You Choose' Winner of Coventry Open 2016: Memory II: Ballerina, 2016, ©Cristina Celestini


All work on display will be selected by a fantastic panel of three judges:

Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director, Coventry City of Culture Trust

Chenine has overall responsibility for Coventry’s UK City of Culture programming, co-curation, community engagement, capacity building and development of national and regional partnerships.

Chenine comes to the Trust from the Greater London Authority where she led the Mayor's Cultural Placemaking Team and was Programme Director for the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture award. Previous experience also includes Creative Programmer for the London 2012 Olympics/Paralympics and Arts Council England (London and national offices). Over the last five years she has made the case for greater investment in culture through major high street, housing and transport development schemes, leading a range of high profile arts programmes for the Mayor including Lumiere London and the Illuminated River. Chenine is a Board Director for IF: Milton Keynes.


Stewart Francis Easton, Artist

Stewart Easton is a Coventry-based artist whose illustrations and embroidery have the ability to transport you to a folklore leaden world of witchcraft, log cabins, song birds and fir trees. It is through these works we see Easton’s interest in the folk traditions of pre-war Europe and the Frontier struggles of the first settlers of North America.


Marlene Smith, Artists and Curator, Artist & Curator

Marlene Smith is Associate Artist at Modern Art Oxford and works with Lubaina Himid in her Making Histories Visible project and archive based at the University of Central Lancashire.

For her doctoral research she is examining the exhibition practice of women during the UK black arts movement.



Find more information about entering your pieces and the exhibition.