Random String Festival – Nov 11-14 – Tickets on sale now here

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All of the work you will see at random string has been produced especially for the festival. We have been working with artists and local people throughout 2021 across various strands… 

Future Folk
Artist R&D

Future Folk is a series of collaborative R&D projects in which Ludic Rooms invite artists to explore common themes in folk cultures to imagine what a new folk culture of the 21st Century might look like. 8 artists – including four from the West Midlands – have spent time in Coventry looking back at the narratives, rituals and iconography of past traditions, considering what we reinvent and reimagine to help us face the challenges of contemporary life. 

 

roam+dwell
Summer Public Events

Over three months this summer we ran weekly outdoor events in Coventry Canal Basin that provided creative opportunities to both dwell in the basin and roam up the canal. More than 1500 people attended and participated in our summer programme and contributed to the creative research and realisation of festival artworks. 

 

roam+dwell
Summer Public Events

Over three months this summer we ran weekly outdoor events in Coventry Canal Basin that provided creative opportunities to both dwell in the basin and roam up the canal. More than 1500 people attended and participated in our summer programme and contributed to the creative research and realisation of festival artworks. 

 

Art of Place
Artist Training Lab

With the support of Ludic Rooms and Coventry Artspace, six Coventry artists took part in a three day workshop to explore place-based working and respond to the Canal Basin as a site for artworks and installations. They were then invited to respond to a brief to create a sketch of an idea for an artwork suitable for sharing in the site, using technologies where appropriate. Some of these concepts are now being developed for further sharing at the festival.

 

Future Ecologies
Nest Artist Residencies

Led by Talking Birds, a Nest Residency is time, space and conversation with other artists, and is designed to allow you to think, experiment and take a punt on one of those ‘What if…?’ ideas. Nest Residencies prioritise applications from d/Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent and/or locally-based artists.

This year we have co-facilitated three Nest Residencies, supported in part by Coventry2021’s Green Futures Programme, on the theme of Future Ecologies.

 

 

Future Ecologies
Nest Artist Residencies

Led by Talking Birds, a Nest Residency is time, space and conversation with other artists, and is designed to allow you to think, experiment and take a punt on one of those ‘What if…?’ ideas. Nest Residencies prioritise applications from d/Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent and/or locally-based artists.

This year we have co-facilitated three Nest Residencies, supported in part by Coventry2021’s Green Futures Programme, on the theme of Future Ecologies.

 

 

Landlocked
Local Residents’ Workshops

With support from Coventry City Council we have been working with Juneau Projects to imagine the creatures that might emerge from the Coventry Canal in the future. We’ve hosted pop-up workshops in public spaces up and down the canal as well as working with three local primary schools.

 

 

art + light + canal + night

Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th November 2021