West Midlands Challenge Fund

Playing Out

Playing Out is funded through Spirit’s West Midlands Challenge Fund, a collaboration with the Birmingham 2022 Cultural Programme to help build strong communities, improve wellbeing and promote inclusion in the arts.

The project in numbers

£200,000

Project spend

3 years

Project duration

Playing Out focuses on community development and cohesion in Canley in Coventry, using play to deliver a listening and storytelling project that brings together disabled and non-disabled people.

Regular play workshops hosted at community venues will engage around 400 participants, including those with long-term illness and disability. The project will culminate in the production of two spectacular carnivals as part of the Birmingham 2022 Cultural Programme, inspired by the unique moment of the Games.

The Birmingham 2022 Cultural Programme is a world-class arts festival running from March to September 2022, alongside the sports programme. It will include new work, installations, exhibitions, performances and major events across the West Midlands.

Spirit of 2012 awarded £200,000 to Warwick Arts Centre to create a new, inclusive art and culture project linked to the Commonwealth Games, following a collaboration between Spirit of 2012 and Birmingham 2022.

Situated on Coventry’s University of Warwick campus, Warwick Arts Centre is an award-winning, multi-artform venue that delivers high quality, engaging, diverse programmes of performing and visual arts

Warwick Arts Centre is one of three organisations to receive a share of £600,000 from the West Midlands Challenge Fund, a collaboration between Spirit of 2012 and Birmingham 2022. The fund is designed to help build strong communities, improve wellbeing and empower inclusive participation in the arts.

Project aims

  1. Bring together disabled and non-disabled people together through participatory arts.

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