How we make an impact

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We don't just provide financial funding for arts and culture - we're also a development agency. This means that we conduct research, give expert advice, promote partnership and do other activities to help the arts and culture sector develop.

Our aim is to develop a thriving arts ecology that offers everybody the chance to enjoy, participate and create. Find out more about our different areas of focus below.

Our strategic priorities

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Creative media

We work to increase the quality, volume and reach of digital arts and culture content

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 2. Artificial things by Stopgap Dance Company. Photo © Chris Parkes 3. Yasmin Vardimon Dance Company: Yesterday. Photo © Alastair Muir 4. Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 5. The Company of Wolves by Burn The Curtain based on the stories by Angela Carter. Image © Theo Moye 6. Faith Bekoe performs in Sanctum, Bristol. Photo © Max McClure / Situations Sanctum Bristol. 7. The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life by YAMAGUCHI Takayuki. Photo © Blast Theory. 8. Jeremy Bailey, Master Slave Invigilator. Photo © Chris Foster / Abandon Normal Devices. 9. Imagine, arts and older people’s programme at City Arts Nottingham. Photo © Kate Duncan / City Arts. 10. 'Transe Express' by Seachange Arts at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, 2015. Photo © David Street / Streetview Marketing 11. Rifco Arts: Break the Floorboards @ Watford Palace Theatre, 2013. Photo © Manuel Harlan. 12. New Wolsey Youth Theatre's Through The Looking Glass. Photo © Mike Kwasniak 13. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre, February 2014. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 14. Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Photo © Andy Keate 15. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Photo © RAMM Exeter 16. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 17. Land Speed Record Toys. Photo © Tom Wood / National Motor Museum