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Arts Centre redevelopment banks £4.2million from Arts Council England

How the entrance to Warwick Arts Centre will look when it is completed in 2020.
How the entrance to Warwick Arts Centre will look when it is completed in 2020.

The modernisation of Warwick Arts Centre has been handed £4.2million by Arts Council England.

This funding will trigger the start of phase 2 of the £17.1 million 20:20 Project to demolish the existing Cinema and Mead Gallery and create a new building to house three new digital auditoria, a large ground floor gallery.

The new building will also provide a spacious new-look foyer designed to showcase the very best in contemporary art and entertainment and café bar, offering a welcoming environment for everyone.

Work will start in October and will take two years to complete.

Phase one of the is already underway to upgrade the existing foyers and theatres, and due to be completed in July.

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor at University of Warwick, said: “WarwickArts Centre has been the jewel in the crown of the university for 44 years and symbolises our values of open-ness, innovation and inquiry.

"Our 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.”

Alan Rivett, director, said: "My team have taken time to research and develop well considered plans for the future of WarwickArtsCentre 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 £4.2million 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.”

Peter Knott, area director for Arts Council England, added: “We’re delighted to be investing in WarwickArtsCentre, 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."

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