Warwick Arts Centre has been awarded £483,000 by the UK government as part of the Culture Recovery Fund, it was announced today.
The support comes as part of £257 million of investment from the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) grants programme being administered by Arts Council England and comes ahead of Coventry’s year as the UK’s City of Culture.
Part of the University of Warwick’s Coventry campus, Warwick Arts Centre is one the UK’s largest multi-artform venues and from the time of its opening in 1974 has become an important resource for the arts and for audiences in the region and a significant force in national and international arts networks; with a diverse programme of performing and visual arts, presented in world-class venues and spaces at the heart of the university’s campus.
Commenting on today’s announcement Doreen Foster, Director of the Warwick Arts Centre, said:
“As we continue to prepare for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture, it is wonderful to be able to talk about what we are going to do rather than what we can't do.
“The Culture Recovery Fund support has changed the conversation. We have been closed and silent for six months but the CRF means we can start to rekindle our relationships with our friends and patrons, reach out to new audiences and start to bring the Warwick Arts Centre to life again as we look forward with hope to an exciting 2021.”
Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:
“Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”
12 October 2020
Tom Frew, Senior Press and Media Relations Manager – University of Warwick: