Our organisation

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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.

Organisational structure

Find out more about our Executive Board, National and Area Councils, and Directors

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Reopening of Manchester Central Library, March 22nd 2014. Photo © Joel C. Fildes for Arts Council England

We receive our Government funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It’s your money, so it’s very important that we give an honest account of every penny spent - our requirements are laid out in a funding agreement with DCMS.

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Annual Reviews

Our annual reports and accounts, setting out how we're fulfilling our mission of ‘Great art and culture for everyone’

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Our expenditure

See where your money goes, how we’re paid and what expenses we claim

Our history

A timeline showing 70 years of the Art Council, from 1946 to the present day

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Reopening of Manchester Central Library, March 22nd 2014. Photo © Joel C. Fildes for Arts Council England.. 2. Spectra-3, by Field.io at Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke. Photo © Matthew Andrews. 3. Visitors viewing Richard Huw's mobile water sculpture at the Festival of Britain, 1951. Photo (c) Historic England 4. David Glowacki's Hidden Fields. Photo © Paul Blakemore / Interactive Scientific Ltd 5. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 6. Old Furnace Coalbrookdale, lit as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2008. Photo © Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust 7. Artificial Things by Stopgap Dance Company © Photo Chris Parkes 8. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 9. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 10. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 11. David Glowacki's 'Hidden Fields'. Photo © Paul Blakemore / Interactive Scientific Ltd.