The countdown to Coventry becoming the UK City of Culture is already well under way and it is an accolade which is set to transform the city.

Previous winners of the title include Coventry Derry/Londonderry 2013 and Hull 2017 and both cities saw huge investment, along with action-packed years of celebration and world-class cultural events.

As part of the process a Coventry City of Culture Trust was established in 2015.

Initially tasked with winning the bid, which it succeeded in, it is now responsible for coordinating the run-up to 2021 and the year itself.

Coventry City of Culture Trust chairman Martin Sutherland and Sandra Godley,with some of the 150 guests at FarGo Village marking the first anniversary of Coventry's City of Culture win
Coventry City of Culture Trust chairman Martin Sutherland and Sandra Godley,with some of the 150 guests at FarGo Village marking the first anniversary of Coventry’s City of Culture win

To do that it needs a talented team and it has already recruited several people to some of the top jobs to help deliver that.

But the recruitment process continues and there are some amazing jobs currently up for grabs as the project moves forward – with some impressive salaries on offer too.

Here are the jobs the Coventry City of Culture Trust is currently advertising in its creative team.

Place curator

Salary – Up to £45,000 gross pa dependent on experience

The job

As Coventry prepares to welcome millions of people to the city in 2021, the city council and other partners are planning a regeneration programme that includes transport, highways and the public realm. 

The search is on for a place curator to join the team who can work closely with the city council’s highways and regeneration teams to commission artists to be part of this infrastructure programme, to ensure a creative signature is inscribed across a wide range of planned capital works in the city.

The person appointed will develop strong working relationships with key partners locally, regionally, nationally and internationally including Coventry City Council, planners, developers, architects, designers and construction teams, Coventry Business Improvement District, Coventry Youth Partnership, Coventry University, University of Warwick, Coventry College and the wider business community.

They will be responsible for establishing a range of artistic interventions and commissioning artists from different art forms to help deliver truly inventive and playful projects.

Digital curator

Salary – up to £45,000 gross pa dependent on experience

The job

The trust is looking for a digital curator to join its team, who can take the lead on inviting a range of artists to creatively apply new technologies across its programme, delivering some unique and distinctive collaborations, installations and ground-breaking programmes.

Coventry has always been a city of pioneers and its World Laboratory and 5G Test Bed status provides exciting opportunities for the City of Culture programme.

The trust is especially keen to encourage collaboration between artists and technologists, working with disruptive technologies, to strengthen and develop communities and explore the role of culture in a modern and diverse city.


Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of the Coventry City of Culture Trust

The person appointed will develop strong working relationships with key partners locally, regionally, nationally and internationally including Coventry City Council, the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, West Midlands Combined Authority, Coventry Business Improvement District, Coventry Youth Partnership, Coventry University, University of Warwick, Coventry College and the wider culture and business community.

They will be responsible for agreeing a range of artistic interventions, commissioning a range of artists to help deliver some inventive and playful projects and working with a team of producers to put digital and immersive technologies at the heart of the City of Culture programme.

Programme manager – young people and youthfulness

Salary – Up to £45,000 gross pa dependent on experience

The job

The trust is looking for someone with the ability to develop leadership and engagement with young people across the city, enabling decision making, youth-led events and promoting a strong legacy for young people in the city.

In addition, exploring youthfulness across the city across all communities. Building strong national and international partnerships.

The City of Culture Trust launching its first major campaign – #HumansOfCov

The person appointed will be responsible for commissioning and working with artists and the cultural sector on a range of strategic engagement initiatives and exemplary artistic projects of varying scales, as well as fostering and building local, regional, national and international collaborative partnerships across different sectors.

They will also be responsible for ensuring the effective planning, delivery and management of an inspiring and transformational programme.

Programme manager – culture and environment

Salary – Up to £45,000 gross pa dependent on experience

The job

The trust is looking for someone to develop wild, green and environmental creative projects working across the natural and built landscapes of the city and county and exploring green futures as the region builds towards national park region status. Building strong national and international partnerships.

The person appointed will develop strong working relationships with key partners locally, regionally and nationally, including Heritage Lottery Fund, Canal & River Trust, National Trust, Wildlife Trust, Forestry Commission.

The City of Culture Trust launching its first major campaign – #HumansOfCov

They will also be working with partners across the trust’s green and sustainable futures, including the universities, the business sector and leaders to address climate change.

They will take the lead on initiating and overseeing a range of creative projects and initiatives being delivered across the city working with a range of communities, actively promoting engagement, volunteering and local leadership.

They will foster and build local, regional, national and international collaborative partnerships across different sectors.

They will also be responsible for ensuring the effective planning, delivery and management of an inspiring and transformational programme.

Producer – three roles

Salary – £35,000 – £40,000 gross pa dependent on experience

The job

The trust is looking for three creative people, social activists with a range of expertise, who can work with it across the wider cultural and entertainment sectors and broad communities to build and produce incredible, unique events and new commissions that are inclusive, youthful in attitude, multicultural and that will reflect the pioneering and innovative spirit of an international city.

The programme will be produced and presented on different scales, across a range of art forms, and a range of venues, reflecting Coventry’s internationalism and the many cultures of our communities.

(left to right): Darren Henley, Martin Sutherland, George Duggins, Phil Redmond CBE and Chenine Bhathena

It will develop creative responses to the question of building stronger communities as well as delivering events that will inspire and create a buzz.

The trust is looking for ‘ideas people’, people who can turn grassroots ideas into incredible and unique events and spectacles.

The role is perfect for those who get excited about working with artists and communities to co-create and develop work from the early stages of an idea through to ambitious results.

Details of all the roles, and others as and when they become available, can be found here.

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The Coventry City of Culture Trust also currently has a tender opportunity available currently, as follows.

Research, aggregation and reporting requirements – coping study

Fixed fee – £4,500 + VAT available for this project

Tender details

The trust is looking to start conversations with research specialists around the prospect of implementing a single research platform.

This platform will gather primary research responses, aggregate the findings with other available and open source research data, and report upon it in a meaningful way for the Coventry City of Culture Trust, stakeholders and participating cultural partners.

For more information, or discuss the project further, please contact: Jonothan Neelands, Warwick Business School: Jonothan.Neelands@wbs.ac.uk or Katy Raines, partner, Indigo-Ltd: katy.raines@indigo-ltd.com

Further details on the scoping study brief can be found here.

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