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Aims of University Art Collection and Art Collection Committee Annual Report

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)

Statement of Purpose

The University of Warwick is an environment for the creation and realisation of ideas and knowledge. From the beginning, the University Art Collection was conceived as an integral part of the innovative campus. It is displayed in public spaces to delight, educate, challenge and inspire all who encounter it. The Art Collection acts a conduit, opening the campus and the University to different audiences. Through dialogue, reflection, creativity or provocation, the Art Collection foster new models of critical thinking and the development and exchange of ideas across diverse communities.

To create a collection of significant modern and contemporary art that is integrated into the University campus as a resource and a model for active learning and engagement.


1. To contribute to a distinctive and stimulating campus environment through the development of displays in the public spaces of the university. As much of the Art Collection as possible is on show.

2. To support displays with a range of dialogue, interpretation, lectures, events, workshops and digital media involved artists, scholars and other specialists to foster engagement with and by communities within and beyond the university.

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.

Annual Report 2022-2023Link opens in a new window

Art Collection Development Policy 2021 - 2026 Link opens in a new window