Warwick Arts Centre is celebrating success at the Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism Awards held last night at the Ricoh Arena. The Coventry venue won two awards at the ceremony – The Children & Families Award and The Culture Award and was also a finalist in the Best Venue for Music, Arts & Theatre category. The Children & Family Award was awarded for one of the country’s strongest programmes for children of all ages, for hugely popular Family Days, and for the many arts education projects undertaken throughout the region.
The Culture Award was won by the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre for the successful exhibition ‘Unreliable Evidence: The Execution of Maximilian by Edward Manet and other Histories’. In a  coup for the region, the Mead Gallery secured the painting’s loan in recognition that the exhibition could explore the painting’s significance to a contemporary audience.
Over 7,000 people saw the exhibition in Autumn 2014. Alan Rivett, Director of Warwick Arts Centre, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with these awards. They demonstrate our success in our  mission to inspire people, especially young people and families, through the arts, culture, entertainment and learning.
We look forward to continue to welcome audiences for more of the same in our award-winning autumn programme. It was fantastic to see so many brilliant organisations from across Coventry and Warwickshire at the ceremony, and our congratulations go to all the other winners and nominees.” The ceremony at the Ricoh Arena was organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and Quidem, owners of Touch FM stations and Rugby FM. There were 13 awards on offer, promoting the area’s best restaurants, hotels, attractions and experiences and the people behind them.
Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council also supported the awards, which showcased the diverse attractions, venues and experiences on offer in the region.