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Aims of University Art Collection

The University Art Collection is managed by the Art Collection Committee that meets at least twice a year. The aims of the Collection are laid down in the policy documents approved by this Committee.

The following are members of the Committee:

  • Chair: A senior professor
  • Registrar's representative: Director of Estates
  • A member of academic staff
  • A representative of the student body
  • Independent external adviser (member of University Council)
  • Independent external adviser (member of local community)
  • Independent external adviser (museum professional)

Relevant extracts from policy documents

Statement of Purpose

Art is intrinsic to the University of Warwick - to its physical, social and academic environment. The original purpose of the Art Collection was the display of works of art in the public spaces of the University. The Art Collection is not displayed in a museum or gallery; the majority of items are on display across the University campus and its other sites. They function as open texts, offering a variety of readings to successive generations of students, staff and visitors. It demonstrates the University’s support of contemporary culture and, in particular, of young professionals working at the leading edge of their field. The education and interpretation programmes that support the collection are open to everyone and contribute to lifelong learning as well as to the work of departments on campus and schools and colleges across the region.


To manage and develop the University of Warwick Art Collection to create a significant resource of contemporary art for the campus and for the region.


  1. To contribute to the creation of a distinctive and stimulating campus environment through the development of displays, interpretation and opportunities for meaningful engagement with works of art.
  2. To sustain an exceptional teaching, learning and research experience for campus departments, schools and colleges, visitors and audiences through the development of opportunities to interrogate, experience and work with art objects and with artists.
  3. In collaboration with academic departments, to develop commissions for new buildings and for the campus that embrace learning and research.
  4. To manage the risks associated with the open display of the collection to ensure that works are protected while access remains as unrestricted as possible.


The collection is managed in accordance with the regulations and goals of the University of Warwick and the standards laid down for Accreditation (the care and management of collections) by Arts Council England: the government agency for museums and galleries.