Plans to create a joint arts & culture facility in Coventry will be discussed by councillors next week.

A national Collections Centre could be created through a unique partnership between Coventry City Council, Arts Council England's Arts Council Collection, Culture Coventry Trust and Coventry University, in collaboration with the Coventry City of Culture Trust.

The development could see the council look to buy and convert the former IKEA building in the city centre to create a multi-purpose collections & cultural facility, contributing to a lasting physical, economic and cultural legacy from Coventry’s upcoming year as UK City of Culture.

The multimillion-pound venue would become home to some of the country’s greatest works of art and provide greater public access to Coventry’s own cultural and heritage collections.   

The landmark project would see Arts Council England relocate the Arts Council Collection from two current collection stores to Coventry. The site would become a busy new hub for art, which will service the rest of the country with exhibition loans.

Culture Coventry Trust, which runs Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Coventry Transport Museum, would also take space, to relocate some of the city’s collections not on display in the museums.

Moving items from part of the remaining 14th-century Whitefriars Monastery will also enable further opportunities to bring the Grade I listed building back into public use.

Councillors at Coventry City Council’s Cabinet and Full Council will vote on the plans next week. Costs would look to be recouped through capital grants and the rents received from the partners involved in the project over the length of their leases.

Source: Coventry City Council