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West Midlands Challenge Fund: Playing Out

Playing Out - Warwick Arts Centre

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

The project, entitled 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.

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, the London Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Funder, and Birmingham 2022. The fund is designed to help build strong communities, improve wellbeing and empower inclusive participation in the arts.

This funding is a fantastic opportunity to expand our proud history of working closely with people in our neighbouring communities, especially Canley. I am constantly inspired by the ability of arts and culture to unite diverse groups, and I am excited by the potential of this project to firstly bring together hundreds of people over a two year period, and then to put on two amazing carnivals in 2022 and 2023.

Doreen Foster, Director of Warwick Arts Centre