The Mead Gallery is part of the Warwick Arts Centre, situated on the University of Warwick campus, outside Coventry. The Gallery was established in 1985, and was named after Phil Mead, a Coventry businessman who developed support for the University of Warwick and for its Arts Centre.
The Mead Gallery operates within an academic calendar and presents exhibitions during term-time only. During University vacations the gallery becomes a venue for Warwick Conference Park.
The Mead Gallery does not have a permanent collection, but does benefit from a very close relationship the University of Warwick Art Collection, sharing staff, resources and cross-commissioning where appropriate
The Mead Gallery aims to:
- Present an ambitious, innovative and wide-ranging contemporary programme, which reflects its context of Warwick Arts Centre.
Commission new work.
- Provide a diverse programme of exhibitions featuring established as well as emerging artists.
- Connect artists with audiences in a way that directly communicates the artist’s intentions.
- Engage with new audiences and increase access to, and participation with, contemporary visual arts.
- Connect key academics and researchers from the University of Warwick to contemporary debate within the visual arts. Past collaborations have yielded guest curator slots, cross-disciplinary commissioning, catalogue contributions and an accompanying events programme including symposia, seminars and artist’s interviews.
Turning Point West Midlands
The Mead Gallery supports the activity of the Turning Point West Midlands initiative.