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University shortlisted for five Tourism and Culture awards

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The Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture awards are of real significance for our region, which boasts a phenomenal amount of world class assets for visitors to the area and locals alike to enjoy.

Warwick Conferences

Warwick Conferences have been shortlisted for the Business Tourism Award - Commitment to Coventry & Warwickshire. Richard Harrison, Head of Conference Centres, said:

We’re proud to support the region by regularly attracting high-profile businesses, while supporting the event needs of local businesses. Each year we welcome 177,000 delegates to events.

We’ve partnered with Shakespeare’s England to jointly promote the region. The aim of the partnership is to drive inward investment across multiple sectors, including business and leisure.

We’ve aligned our objectives with the University’s mission to make the campus greener and ensure a positive impact on the community. As part of this, we took our catering van into Coventry during Go Green Week to a ‘Disco Soup’ event and created homemade soups from leftover ingredients. This was sold on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis, so everyone could enjoy the dishes.

We’ve been awarded Green Tourism Gold Accreditation for The Slate, while Arden, Scarman and Radcliffe received Silver accreditation as part of our aim to create an eco-friendlier environment. Menus across our venues are Soil Association Accredited, demonstrating our commitment to ethical, locally sourced produce with a clear provenance, supporting the best local producers."

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Women’s Tour 2017

Our partnership with Warwickshire County Council to welcome Stage Three of the 2017 Women’s Cycle Tour to our region and on to our campus has been shortlisted for a Tourism Event Award. To support the race, a range of events and activities were planned including performances from Student societies, Wellbeing stalls and our extensive schools programme. Christine Ennew, Provost, also presented an award after the stage finished in Leamington Spa.

At Warwick, we’re committed to increasing participation and providing equal opportunities in sport and physical activity in the West Midlands region and enabling our University community to be physically active on a daily basis. This was the second year we've been involved in the Women’s Tour, and supporting events like this are a fantastic way to raise awareness of women’s sport and to put our region’s participation and excellence in sport firmly on the map.

Warwick Arts Centre

Warwick Arts Centre has been shortlisted for three awards:
Cultural award

From 14 January – 11 March 2017, the Mead Gallery presented From Far Away Uncle Moon Calls: the first solo exhibition in an English public gallery by one of India’s most pre-eminent contemporary artists, Subodh Gupta. This unique exhibition, which could only be seen in Coventry, attracted visitors from throughout the UK as well as from across the region. The exhibition attracted 5,521 visitors over eight weeks and was reviewed in Private View and in ArtSpace; it was also featured in Apollo and What’s On.

Culture education award

The Arts Active Network is a connective alliance developed with Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick District Council, Arts Connect, local artists and 5 South Leamington primary schools in an area under-engaged with the arts in Leamington.

The 5 previously unconnected schools worked together over 2 years, to develop arts engagement in Leamington Spa and a Festival Management Team made up of 60 young people (aged 7-10) – made all the decisions surrounding their festival - they had one ambitious aim in mind – to plan and mount the first South Leamington Children’s Arts Festival designed by and for children in 2017 and then grow the project to embed it as a sustainable, community event for all of CV31. On Saturday 15 July this ambition was realised when the group hosted the SPLAT Festival in Jephson Gardens.

Best Live Music, Arts, Theatre Award

Warwick Arts Centre prides itself on delivering a consistently world class programme of events and shows that are both ambitious in scope and wide in variety, working with an exciting range of creatives from regular collaborators – as well as some new, energising conspirators.

Alan Rivett, Warwick Arts Centre’s Director, said:

Our primary focus has always been the quality of the experience for the artists and the audience creating a memorable collective experience. 2016/2017 was packed full of events which brought diverse communities together and allowed Warwick Arts Centre to act as a central location for community celebration."


Good luck to all our departments shortlisted for these awards, it's a great recognition of achievement! The winners will be announced at Coombe Abbey on 21 September. Get involved on Twitter using #cwtca2017.