Various sculptures in the gallery with a union jack in the background

University Art Collection

Visiting us on campus is a chance to discover the University of Warwick’s unique collection of modern and contemporary visual art and sculpture.

Established in 1965 to showcase work by young artists that would inspire and challenge campus visitors, the collection features some of the most exciting artists of the last 50 years - including Andy Goldsworthy, Eduardo Paolozzi, Zarina Bhimji, Richard Deacon, Laura Ford and Clare Woods.

Spanning over 900 works across painting, photography, print, ceramics and sculpture, this remarkable collection can be enjoyed in buildings and outdoor spaces throughout the University of Warwick campus.

Start exploring

Warwick Arts Centre itself features two specially commissioned pieces by Richard Wentworth and Mark Titchner. You can discover other parts of the collection - including two giant steel dinosaurs by Jake and Dinos Chapman - by following one of our special Sculpture Trails.

There’s a full online introduction to the collection to browse beforehand, while maps and guides - including for people with sensory impairment - are available here and from the Arts Centre Box Office.

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK SCULPTURE PARK

The University of Warwick Sculpture Park is open to everyone, all year round. The sculptures are in gardens, woodland, meadows and fields. Dogs on leads are welcome. You can pick up a free map in Warwick Arts Centre or download it here and come to explore our landscape and the art placed within it. 

TRAILS

We publish trails that group sculptures according to different themes. You can follow them to explore different parts of the campus and you can make your own drawings and record your observations and ideas in the booklet. 

The Art and Nature Trail was developed with naturalist Steve Falk and takes you on a walk from the heart of campus, around the lakes and into Tocil Wood to learn about the sculptures here and the natural world that inspired them. 

The History Trail was developed with local historian Peter Walters and again starts at Warwick Arts Centre but takes you across Warwickshire fields to uncover the past of this particular landscape.

Amal’s Walk has been developed in collaboration with Westwood Academy and looks at different stories of migration and of human resilience. 

A Connections Trail by two people from Coventry and a Dog Walkers’ Trail are in development. Please let us know if you have any ideas that might feed into these trails or if you develop a new trail. We would love to hear your ideas about the sculptures and we may even publish your trail! 

Download them below or pick them up free of charge in Warwick Arts Centre. 

Amal's Walk

Art and History Trail

Art and Nature Trail

ACCESS

The Sculpture Park is open whatever the weather. After rainfall, some of the paths can get muddy and slippery, so please dress appropriately and take care.

It can take between 2-4 hours to see every sculpture, depending on your walking speed and how often you stop. You are welcome to create your own shorter route. You could also bring your bicycle and cycle around campus.

Accessible toilet facilities and food and drink are available at Warwick Arts Centre and at the Sports and Wellness Hub. 

Tocil Wood is a medieval wood down a steep bank. We are sorry but the sculpture here is not accessible by wheelchair users. Every other work is accessible using a wheelchair but please note that some paths may get muddy after heavy rain. Check the inside page of each Trail Booklet for more detailed information.

Please contact creativelearning@warwick.ac.uk to discuss your access needs and we can work with you to ensure you have a positive and enjoyable experience.