Coventry Cathedral, Vestments – Open Call

Coventry Cathedral Vestments Open Call

Coventry Cathedral is commissioning special vestments and a new St Michael banner to enhance our City of Culture celebrations in 2021. We need someone with flare, skill and imagination to design them.

The Dean and Chapter of Coventry Cathedral, in collaboration with Coventry University, are commissioning designs for a set of vestments and a banner to enhance the celebration of Archangel Michael, patron saint of the Cathedral, specifically for use in processions both inside and outside our ruined and rebuilt Cathedral. We are inviting professional artists and students from the UK and from overseas to enter the competition by preparing some preliminary designs for a cope and a banner, together with an indication of how the designs would be reflected in the other vestments.

Five artists will be selected, and awarded £500 plus a contribution towards travel costs.

They will be invited to visit the Cathedral to see the context for the artworks they are creating. They will be allowed two or three days in January 2020 to prepare a final design worked in fabric, with assistance from the Fashion Department at Coventry University. An exhibition of those five designs will be mounted in the Cathedral Nave, where members of the public will have the opportunity to view them and leave comments. Members of the Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee will also view the exhibition and express their views.

The winner of the competition will receive an award of £5,000.

Find out more and apply here:

**DEADLINE: 31 December 2019