More than £4m in funding is being awarded to the Warwick Arts Centre to build a new venue in place of the old cinema and Mead Gallery.
The money will see the current buildings demolished to make way for the so-called 'creative centre', which is due to be open to the public by October 2021.
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to be investing in Warwick Arts Centre, particularly at this time as Coventry gears up to host UK City of Culture in 2021. The application was very strong and the vision for the future is really exciting. Warwick Arts Centre has a fantastic reputation and its future promises more great things. Sitting alongside a fantastic, repurposed building will be a programme that attracts even more local, national and international visitors.
“The Arts Council’s Capital grants support organisations to improve existing buildings, making them more economically and environmentally sustainable and giving arts and cultural organisations the right buildings and equipment needed to support the delivery of their work, Warwick Arts Centre have shown they can delivery very strongly against these goals.”
Alan Rivett, Director at Warwick Arts Centre, said: “I am delighted with this welcome award by Arts Council England. My team have taken time to research and develop well considered plans for the future of Warwick Arts Centre and this award will help to make them real for the enjoyment and creative inspiration of our communities and the region – a place where creativity, collaboration & innovation thrives.
“Arts Council England’s £4.2m comes following existing generous financial commitment from, The Garfield Weston Foundation and the inspirational founding donation by our long term supporter The 29th May Charitable Trust. I hope others will now join me in the final push for funds to complete our fundraising efforts.”
Professor Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick, said: “Warwick Arts Centre has been the jewel in the crown of the University for 44 years and symbolises our values of open-ness, innovation and inquiry. The University plans to invest in this well-loved building to ensure it remains at the forefront of artistic and creative practice for the benefit of our region and our communities. I’m so pleased that Arts Council England has shown its commitment to this venture and our ongoing partnership with this generous award.”
Warwick Arts Centre is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, and will receive £492,114 each year, with a total of £1,968,456 over the investment period 2018-22.