Cash boost to arts sector in the Warwick district as it recovers from the pandemic

“This is great news and a testament to all the hard work achieved by the team during this most challenging year"

Monday, 5th April 2021, 11:12 am
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 11:16 am
The Royal Spa Centre.
The Royal Spa Centre.

The Warwick district's art sector has been given a boost of nearly £90,000 as it recovers from the pandemic.

Warwick District Council’s arts team has been successful in its application for the second round of Arts Council England’s (ACE) Culture Recovery Fund Grants.

The award of £86,985 is in addition to the £170,000 awarded in the first round.

The Warwick District Council's arts team said the money will "help ensure the future viability of the art section’s cultural offer", which includes exhibitions, events and workshops at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum and a programme of live performance and film at the Royal Spa Centre.

David Guilding, arts manager at Warwick District Council, said: “This is great news and a testament to all the hard work achieved by the team during this most challenging year.

"It is also a reassuring ‘seal of approval’ from ACE, who clearly understand what we are trying to do and why our services are so important to our local community.

"These funds will help us to put Covid measures in place at the Spa Centre ready for re-opening, adjust the existing ones in the Town Hall and Royal Pump Rooms, as well as fund some activity before we are able to generate income again. Thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund we can continue to be 'here for culture'.”

Rose Winship, head of cultural services at Warwick District Council, added: “We are delighted with the news that the arts section has been awarded this fund and thrilled to hear that Motionhouse and Playbox Theatre have also been awarded grants as they are important arts organisations based in Warwick District.”

Louise Richards, executive director of Motionhouse, a dance-circus company based in Leamington, said: “We’re utterly delighted to have received support from the Culture Recovery Fund. It will enable us to be ready to respond to opportunities to perform and inspire people as soon as restrictions allow. Thanks to Arts Council England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport for their support.”