The Pod as both a statutory mental health resource and creative hub funded by Coventry City Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group has a multifaceted remit; a common strand is that all facets either implicitly or explicitly aim to build individual and /or organisational capacity for creativity, innovation and resilience.
The Pod’s Collective//Pod formed in 2010 has a majority membership of artists with lived experience of severe and enduring mental ill health and believes that creativity challenges and infiltrates what we do and how we feel, both subconsciously and consciously. Through their relationship with the Pod, and collaboration with other professional artists and creative industries on a local and international platform, symbiotic and transformative relationships have evolved. This has been achieved through the continued development of a professional, eclectic, thought provoking and evolving arts programme that inspires images of possibility.
Collective//Pod ratify all decisions made by the Pod in terms of its interface with arts and creative industries and lead on commissioning artists and or arts organisations.
The founder and core members of Collective//Pod are
All new members of Collective//Pod must be interested in and committed to profiling professional arts practice and/or cultural industry in the city and increasing audience engagement.
Membership is limited to 12 people and is reviewed every 6 months.
No one employed by or affiliated to another arts organisation in the city can secure membership - unless during the life of a jointly funded project in which case they can be co-opted.