Image of giant sea puppet, EKO, parading through Warrington town centre.

Would you like to help shape the future of culture, arts and heritage in Warrington? A new survey has been launched to give everyone the chance to share their views.

The survey - designed by Warrington Borough Council in collaboration with local cultural partners – aims to find out people’s views on current arts and heritage provision in Warrington.

It asks people which recent cultural activities they have enjoyed the most and what they would like more of. It also asks about what could be done to support people to engage more in cultural and creative activities in the future.

The council and its partners want to continue building the town’s offer, following an exciting 2022 for culture, arts and heritage in Warrington, with highlights including:

  • Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’ at Parr Hall, a stunning replica of our planet, created using 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth's surface, brought to you by Culture Warrington
  • As part of the council’s RLWC cultural programme, Autin Dance Theatre brought us EKO, a 13-foot Sea Giant Puppet to perform  ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ , a theatrical dance piece inspired by the themes of climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis.
  • The 12th Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival returned with a programme packed with a range of exhibitions, performances, gigs and workshops.

The results of the survey will help the council and partners identify future opportunities to strengthen Warrington’s offer, as well as providing aspirational recommendations to further the ambitions to make the town a place where culture can thrive.

Warrington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for culture, Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, said: “In spite of the challenges of the Covid pandemic, Warrington’s cultural scene has continued to develop and grow since our last survey in 2018. As we look to the future, it’s so important that the people of Warrington have the opportunity to have their say on our cultural offer, which we know is crucial in bringing people together, contributing to people’s wellbeing and supporting the town’s economy.

“Please take part in our survey and let us know what arts and culture opportunities you would like to see. We’ll take all views on board, as part of our work to build a great cultural future for everyone who lives, works and visits here.”

To take part in Warrington’s Arts and Heritage Survey 2023, please visit the dedicated online page. The survey runs until Friday 24 February 2023.

16 August 2023