Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival provides a unique opportunity for local artist to showcase their work alongside nationally recognised professional artists. We strongly believe that Contemporary Arts should be for everyone, and that’s why we’re constantly striving to keep the festival accessible for all.
We try and keep as many of our exhibitions as possible free or low cost to ensure everyone can benefit from the work that’s on show – and this won’t change, it’s part of the values of the festival.
With national arts funding decreasing with the national government cuts, we’re more reliant than ever on the support of the public.
Whether you’re a lover of the arts, you’ve experienced and enjoyed the festival yourself or if you just want to help us keeps this festival growing, please donate and ensure we can keep making an impact on the arts, Warrington and the community in years to come.
We’d appreciate any donation you’d like to give.
Please note the donations box below will take you to the Pyramid & Parr Hall website, which is managed by Culture Warrington.
Impact of the Festival
The Festival is a unique opportunity for audiences and artists to participate with contemporary art, but also generates significant wider benefits to the town and borough. Below there is some narrative and statistics from our independently conducted evaluation report of the festival in 2014.
Growing Warrington’s Economy
Beyond these positive contributions to the town’s image, the festival has contributed an estimated £100,000 in economic impact value to the local economy and for every £1 in funding secured to deliver the festival; a further £3.38 has been appropriated in value for Warrington’s local economy.
Enhancing Warrington’s Reputation & Image
It is clear from the audience feedback that the festival has contributed to a strong ‘sense of community’ in the town and helped to develop a clear sense of pride. Many audience members also spoke about the vibrancy and buzz generated by the festival. Their unprompted comments provide clear evidence of the festival’s contribution to Warrington’s image as a vibrant, ‘happening’ and friendly place to live as well as one that rivals much larger neighbouring destinations in terms of its cultural standing, diversity and creativity.
Attracting Significant, Highly Engaged Audiences
Almost 26,000 audiences engaged: online; attending exhibitions, shows and outdoor events; workshops; or, taking active roles in the delivery of the festival as artists and/or volunteers.
The profile of audiences attending the festival confirms its wide appeal. It has been particularly successful in engaging those groups who are already highly engaged in arts activities and likely to be discerning in their preferences. The findings indicate that it has been of a sufficiently high quality to attract audiences with a high risk appetite.
Audience loyalty is apparent. Their level of satisfaction is indicates that 99% of audiences said they were likely to recommend the festival to others.