Outside Warwick Arts Centre with the Koan sculpture in the foreground

Warwick Arts Centre maintains National Portfolio Status in Arts Council England announcement

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Arts Council England has announced today that Warwick Arts Centre has maintained its National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) status.

The four-year NPO funding is, says Warwick Arts Centre’s Director Alan Rivett, good news for audiences and a terrific vote of confidence in Warwick Arts Centre. He said, “Bringing amazing art, artists, performances, workshops and events to the West Midlands for everyone to experience and participate in has never been more important. Now more than ever, the arts have a fundamental role to play in the wellbeing of our communities and our audiences deserve the very best. This continued support from Arts Council England shows their confidence in us continuing our work.”

In addition, independent theatre studio, China Plate, have been awarded National Portfolio status for the first time. The long term associate producers at Warwick Arts Centre will, over the next four years, work closely with the venue to develop new work and support emerging artists both from the Coventry and Warwickshire region and across the UK.

The National Portfolio Funding Programme supports hundreds of arts organisations in England. National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs) are regarded by Arts Council England as strategic partners, reflecting the quality and excellence of the arts in England. Warwick Arts Centre will receive NPO funding between April 2018 and April 2022, ensuring it can continue to provide a world-class artistic programme, remaining an important resource for the arts and for audiences in the West Midlands and a significant force in national and international arts networks.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England said: “Warwick Arts Centre provides strong artistic programming, talent development and creative learning programmes to ensure the next generation of artists are encouraged to explore their artistic talents. We’re delighted to be funding them across the next four years and it’ll be great to see Warwick Arts Centre continue to engage with audiences across visual and performing arts.”

Arts Council England’s National Portfolio funding represents approximately 10% of Warwick Arts Centre’s annual turnover. This financial support, alongside that provided by the University of Warwick, Coventry City Council, private donors and the many thousands of people who participate as audiences, ensures that Warwick Arts Centre can continue to provide artistic experiences for the people of the West Midlands and beyond for years to come.

Warwick Arts Centre has also been invited to apply for £4.2m by Arts Council England’s capital fund. For further information on this news story, please click here