This_Is_Tomorrow is a three year Arts Council ‘seed funded’ programme led by Warwick Arts Centre, setting out to generate new artistic ideas through artist and academic collaborations.
Warwick Arts Centre is in the unique position of being located in one of the world’s leading academic research intensive universities on the one hand (the University of Warwick), and at the heart of a network of UK and international artists on the other. The aim is to explore and illuminate contemporary thinking and research about the human condition and key issues that face humanity and society across a range of science, social science and humanities subjects.
Now in its second year, residencies for This_Is_Tomorrow have consisted of retreats with the departments of Physics, Maths, Economics, Law, Warwick Business School, Warwick Manufacturing Group and Sociology. Artists participating have included playwrights Alecky Blythe and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, performance artists Chris Goode and Michelle Brown, choreographer Charlotte Vincent, composer Dan Jones, musician Robin Rimbaud and children’s theatre specialist Sue Buckmaster.
Already there is exciting new work being created through this project, including Sue Buckmaster’s Bank On It, drawing inspiration from economics to create site-specific theatre for young people about value.
It is not yet known what other outcomes of this initiative there might be. One thing is for certain, this is an exciting time for the artists involved, the academic community and Warwick Arts Centre as it embarks on a brand new phase of igniting ideas and commissioning works that will resonate with the world today. Watch this space!