About us

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We believe that great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Supporting great art, museums and libraries

We champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives.

We support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Between 2015 and 2018, we will invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create art and culture experiences for everyone, everywhere.

Investment that will support artistic ambition, strengthen cultural ecology and enrich our communities.  Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England.


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Investing your money

We invest money from Government and the National Lottery to support arts and culture across England. Find out how

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Our organisation

Our staff, Executive Board, National and Area Council share our mission and are passionate about arts and culture

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We think culture matters

Find out about our work that explores the value of arts and culture, and help us make the case for funding

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In your area

Find out more about our investment in your area

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Grass Men Bristol Biennial 2014. Photo © Ashley Peevor 2. Underwater images of Balbir Singh Dance Company’s Syncronised. Photo © Maya De Almeida Araujo / Balbir Singh Dance Company 3. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 4. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 5. Maudits Sonnants by Transe Express Company at Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 6. Flex Dance performance. Photo © TIN Arts 7. Land Speed Record Toys. Photo © Tom Wood / National Motor Museum 8. 'Transe Express' by Seachange Arts at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, 2015. Photo © David Street / Streetview Marketing 9. Rifco Arts: Break the Floorboards @ Watford Palace Theatre, 2013. Photo © Manuel Harlan. 10. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 11. New Wolsey Youth Theatre's Through The Looking Glass. Photo © Mike Kwasniak 12. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Photo © RAMM Exeter 13. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre, February 2014. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 14. It's A Wonderful Life by New Wolsey Theatre. Photo © Mike Kwasniak. 15. Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Photo © Andy Keate