Coventry City of Culture Trust, the organisers behind UK City of Culture 2021, have received £100,000 of investment to support its Green Futures Programmes, designed to focus on the future of the city’s environment.
The support will go directly towards a variety of events in the programme including The Tides Within Us, which was announced in October as part of the first glimpse of the Coventry 2021 programme.
This major new site-specific production has been created by leading digital artists Marshmallow Laser Feast and combines audio storytelling with digital installations.
It is being presented in partnership with Historic Coventry Trust, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Coventry City Council, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is co-produced with York Mediale, an international media arts organisation.
The funding comes from the Garfield Weston Foundation, a family-founded grant-making trust that has been supporting causes in the UK for more than 50 years, and builds on £3 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to make a positive impact on nature, heritage and the environment in Coventry.
Philippa Charles, of the Garfield Weston Foundation, said: “It’s unusual for GWF to fund a time-limited project in this way but we believe the Green Futures Programme and The Tides Within Us will be a wonderful way of bringing together heritage, the natural environment and technology.”
Martin Sutherland, chief executive of Coventry City of Culture Trust, stressed the importance that the 2021 programme is “responsible and sustainable”, with a goal of reconnecting people with local heritage and the city’s natural environment.
Martin explained, “Our Green Futures Programme is being designed to do exactly this, and we are delighted to have received support from the Garfield Weston Foundation to support us in reaching our ambitions.”