Warwick District Council has announced the formation of a 5-year plan to support the development of a world-class creative cluster in the District.

Creative organisations and residents will be invited to input into the creation of Warwick District Creative Framework: A strategy for creative sector growth from early November 2019.

Earlier this year, the Council commissioned BOP Consulting, an international consultancy specialising in culture and the creative economy, to explore the scale and impact of the cultural and creative sector in Warwick District – including Film, TV, Radio and Photography, Museums, Galleries and Libraries, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts, Advertising and Marketing, Architecture, Design and Software design. BOP Consulting partnered with Warwick Business School to carry out the study and consulted widely with the District’s cultural and creative organisations.

The resulting report, Warwick District’s Creative Sector: Analysis of Impact and Strategy for Growth shows that the creative industries contributed nearly half a billion pounds to the economy of Warwick District in 2017. The District’s creative sector also supports an estimated 12,975 jobs which is considerably larger than the District’s retail, accommodation and food services, and manufacturing sectors.

The Council’s own cultural facilities form a major part of the district’s offer including the Royal Pump Rooms, Royal Spa Centre and Leamington Town Hall, attracting approximately 565,000 annual attendances to a programme of over 1,000 arts events. As well as strengths in performing arts and visual arts, the District has a strong games cluster and 59% of creative sector enterprises in the District operate in the gaming sector.

Creative organisations, freelancers and residents are encouraged to register their interested to find out more about the Creative Framework and consultation process by visiting their website. Warwick District Council aim to launch the new creative strategy in March 2020.

Councillor Andrew Day, Leader of Warwick District Council said:

“I am delighted by the findings of this report and much encouraged by its recommendations. In some ways it simply highlights what we already knew – that Warwick District has a rich, vibrant creative community to be proud of. From festivals, art galleries, theatres and museums through to digital marketing agencies and games design. It is a wonderfully exciting time for the region, with a number of unique opportunities offered by Coventry City of Culture in 2021 and Commonwealth Games in 2022. The Council is committed to using the outcomes of this report to help us collaborate with this important sector to provide a platform to champion our creative community and make the most of those opportunities.”

The full report can be read here.

Warwick District Council has announced the formation of a 5-year plan to support the development of a world-class creative cluster in the District.

Creative organisations and residents will be invited to input into the creation of Warwick District Creative Framework: A strategy for creative sector growth from early November 2019.

Middleport Pottery

Six museums and heritage organisations across the Midlands have been selected to take part in Meeting Point, an Arts Council England funded programme that partners museums and artists, resulting in the creation of new artworks, each inspired by an individual venue and its collections.

The programme, led by contemporary arts agency Arts&Heritage, aims to attract new audiences to the venues by placing contemporary artwork in unexpected spaces, and also helps museum staff to gain skills in commissioning and working with artists. The six participating venues are Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent; Cromford Mills in Matlock; Ilam Park in Ashbourne; The Naseby Battlefield Project in Welford; The National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Laxton; and Warwickshire Archives in Warwick.

Carolyn Ewing, Archivist at Heritage & Culture Warwickshire (HCW), said:

“The team at Heritage & Culture Warwickshire are delighted to have been selected for Meeting Point. We are really excited by the prospect of working with a contemporary artist to help us deliver a fresh and innovative approach to exploring the many narratives, however challenging, to be found within our superb collections and site of our County Record Office. The project will underpin one of our key objectives to widen and enhance our appeal to new and existing audiences. Importantly, by enhancing our skills base within Heritage & Culture Warwickshire, it will provide a solid foundation for developing our community engagement work in future.”

The museums will participate in a series of workshops and visits to artists’ studios, before working with Arts&Heritage to commission an artist to work with them on the creation of a new piece of artwork. The artists will be selected by the museum teams from a range of submissions put forward by interested artists and nominators.

This is the fourth Meeting Point programme, building on the success of previous and current programmes, which have seen 25 museums working with more than 50 museum professionals to create 25 new artworks and over 100 workshops. Arts&Heritage is funded by Arts Council England.

 

Six museums and heritage organisations across the Midlands have been selected to take part in Meeting Point, an Arts Council England funded programme that partners museums and artists, resulting in the creation of new artworks, each inspired by an individual venue and its collections.