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Warwick district has a thriving creative sector and a growing reputation for a distinctive blend of rich cultural heritage sites, cutting edge creative companies, artists, and organisations

Warwick District Counicil's Arts Section aims to support and champion creativity in the area by sharing grant information, commissioning new engagement opportunities, providing spaces for hire, and signposting to professional development opportunities.  

We recognise the impact of our creative sector upon our economic and social goals - and we are fortunate to have a diverse, thriving creative community which contributes significantly to making Warwick district a great place to live, work and visit.

This is an exciting time for the people who live and work in the area and for creatives across the region - with Coventry City of Culture in 2021, Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022, and plans for the development of a Creative Quarter in Royal Leamington Spa. All promise to increase the number of cultural engagement opportunities over the next three years.

We have finalised a Creative Framework, a new five-year strategy, which  aims to accelerate creative sector growth and maximise its impact across the district through partnership and collaborative working. Find out more about the Creative Framework, and sign up to our monthly Arts Newsletter to keep up to date with news and opportunities from across our district's creative community. 

The Strategic Development Team at Arts Services are:  


David GuildingDavid Guilding, Arts Services Manager

David is responsible for the overall management of Warwick District council's Arts Section. This includes three of the district's cultural venues - the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Town Hall, and the Royal Spa Centre, which welcome over 500,000 people through their doors every year. David's role is to inspire residents and visitors to the area by creating opportunities for them to participate in or attend arts activities.

Email: David.Guilding@warwickdc.gov.uk
Telephone: 01926 456230
Twitter: @DavidGuilding


Chloe JohnsonVicki sladeDr Chloe Johnson & Vicki Slade, Collections & Engagement Managers

Chloe and Vicki lead the Arts Service’s Collections & Engagement team, which looks after the collections at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum and run the programme of exhibitions and events. Their team also maintains and develops relationships with the arts community across Warwick District and works on maximising opportunities for those living and working in the district to access and participate in arts activities.

Email: Chloe.Johnson@warwickdc.gov.uk
Telephone: 01926 456942

Email: Victoria.Slade@warwickdc.gov.uk
Telephone: 01926 456 6943


Johnathan BransonJohnathan Branson, Projects & Development Manager

Johnathan is responsible for increasing attendance and participation in the Arts within the District and developing its creative infrastructure. His role includes service development, strategic partnerships, project management, reporting and monitoring, and arts marketing. Johnathan is interested in exploring opportunities for service development, including new technologies and programmes of work, and improving processes to enhance service delivery and increase impact. He is also responsible for developing new income streams and creating best value out of our current assets through collaborations with strategic partners in the public and private sectors.

Email: johnathan.branson@warwickdc.gov.uk
Telephone: 01926 456351
Twitter: @JBranson_


Carole sleightCarole Sleight, Arts Officer

Carole is the Arts Officer for the District and is  based at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. Her overall role is to support our creative community and assist in raising the profile of our cultural artists and organisations. She is responsible for the administration of WDC Art and partnership grants and will provide support, advice, promotion, networking and workshop opportunities for all across the district. To keep updated with all cultural events and activities join WDC Arts News on Facebook or sign up to our newsletter

Email: Carole.Sleight@warwickdc.gov.uk
Telephone: 01926 456231
Facebook: Warwick District Arts News

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