Following a recent £1 million donation, work will begin this autumn to transform Warwick Arts Centre, the largest multi-disciplinary arts centre outside of London.
The beloved attraction will be given a striking new entrance from the Piazza which will enable a larger and more welcoming foyer. The public spaces will surround visitors with contemporary art and performance spaces, as well as a new café bar befitting a national arts organisation.
The Mead Gallery will be moved to the ground floor and three cinema screens, housing the latest technology, will replace the current single screen allowing the latest blockbusters and a range of arthouse and independent films to be shown.
The Faculty of Arts is also moving to a brand new building, designed by RIBA competition winners Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Situated in close proximity to Warwick Arts Centre, the building will re-unite all Arts Faculty departments under one roof, support teaching and research in the arts and enable creativity and innovation to flourish on campus.
The Arts Faculty is currently spread across different buildings, including the Humanities Building, built during the early years of the University, Milburn House and the Ramphal Building. It will move to the heart of campus near our brand new Oculus building.
Chair of the Arts Faculty, Professor Simon Gilson, said:
At the heart of the vision of the new humanities building is our desire to create a building that showcases the world-leading research and teaching in the Arts Faculty at the University of Warwick.
We are looking for a building that is open, inviting and flexible; a place that allows collaboration, creativity and innovation to flourish; that acts as a hub for public engagement in the humanities and creative arts; and that serves the entire university, its stakeholders and the public, by nurturing cultural value and creating partnerships at the regional, national and international level.”
We are all incredibly excited about these projects and hopefully you will be too.
If you'd like to know more, or have specific questions, get in touch with our fundraiser Christina Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.