Meet our Executive Board
We were set up in 1946, by Royal Charter, to champion and develop art and culture across the country. We’re governed by an executive board and national and area councils.
We invest public money including National Lottery money to help bring great art and culture to everyone. Because it’s your money, it’s very important that we can give an honest account of every penny spent. But none of the funding, or advice, or development, or policy we’ve helped shape, would be possible without a large number of very dedicated people. So it’s equally important we recognise their contribution to making great art and culture for everyone a reality.
Over the next three years we'll invest £1.1 billion of public money from Government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create great art and culture for everyone, everywhere. We receive our Government funding from the Department for Culture Media and Sport and our requirements are laid out in a funding agreement with them.
For the arts, museums and libraries
We work to make the arts, and the wider culture of museums and libraries an integral part of everyday public life, accessible to all, understood as essential to the national economy and the health and happiness of society. Find out more about how we support art and culture.
For cultural education
We also work with the Department for Education to manage a portfolio of programmes, improving standards, reach and sustainability of music and cultural education in line with the National Plan for Music Education and Cultural Education Plan recommendations. Find out more about Cultural Education.
For cultural property
We also have statutory responsibilities to bring objects and collections of special interest into public ownership and protect them. Find our more about how we support collections.
How we are run
You can read more about our Governance and how we make decisions through our Executive Board, our National Council and Area Councils, our non-executive committees and other decision-making bodies below.
The non-executive board of the Arts Council
Our five area councils: North, Midlands, London, South East and South West
We have a duty to be fair, honest and open about the way we’re run, how much we spend and how we treat people
We’ve got great people working for us. Find out how you can join our team
Our organisational structure came into operation on 1 July 2013
What have we achieved in the last year? Our Annual Review gives you a detailed picture of who and what we’ve supported in 2015
The Arts Council was founded in 1946 in an era of increased opportunity for all, following the Second World War
The success and sustainability of the arts and cultural sector depends on effective partnership between the Arts Council and local government