Today, Warwick Arts Centre received £483,000 as part of £257 million of investment from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) grants programme being administered by Arts Council England.
This is great news for the Arts Centre team and these grants are a welcome relief for the arts industry as a whole.
Our Director, Doreen Foster says: “As we continue to prepare for Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture, it is wonderful to be able to talk about what we are going to do rather than what we can’t do. This funding has changed the conversation. We have been closed and silent for six months. This funding means we can start to rekindle our relationships with our visitors, reach out to new audiences and start to bring Warwick Arts Centre to life again.”
Part of the funding will enable us to present work on our stages again from January 2021. Each week, from January to March 2021 we will highlight a different artform in either the Theatre or the Butterworth Hall. We’ll be presenting – in safe and socially distanced venues – everything from theatre to music, family shows to dance, classical concerts to comedy.
The wide range of artforms Warwick Arts Centre presents bonds our reputation and popularity. Since opening in 1974 we have become an important resource for the arts and for audiences in the region and a significant force in national and international arts networks. We present a diverse programme of performing and visual arts, presented in world-class venues and spaces at the heart of the University of Warwick campus.
The funding will also allow us to employ local freelance artists, purchase essential equipment, and ensure that the skilled and dedicated staff at Warwick Arts Centre will be ready to welcome everyone again.
This ‘testbed’ season will enable audiences to sample our programme ahead of Summer 2021’s grand re-opening with an exciting new building, a new gallery, three cinema screens and a new foyer and restaurant.
The funding totals £483,000 and comes ahead of Coventry’s year as the UK’s City of Culture in 2021.
More to follow in the coming weeks.