Supporting arts and culture

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

Why #culturematters

Add your voice to the powerful story about the value of public investment in arts and culture

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Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford

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 arts and culture experiences for everyone, everywhere.

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Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton

But we’re about much more than just funding.

We have a development role, which means we give expert advice and promote partnership. Through this we hope to develop a thriving arts ecology that offers everybody the chance to enjoy, participate and create.

We are also England’s advocate for the value of art and culture.  We bring artists and organisations together so that their voice can be heard; we champion the role art and culture play in our lives and we support new ways of thinking about the arts and their potential.

Collectively, we can tell a powerful story about the value of public investment in art and culture.

Our latest blogs about art and culture

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Evaluation matters

Laura Venning on how we can get better at evaluating projects that encourage reading

young audience members engaged in theatre

The Isle is Full of Noises

In light of the new Analysis of Theatre in England report, Simon Mellor blogs about how the theatre landscape is evolving in the digital age

Exterior shot of Dean Heritage Centre - an old building on the edge of a forest in front of a lake

Waving not drowning

John Orna-Ornstein blogs about how we’re investing in strategic thinking in museums through our Museum Resilience Fund

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We Are Here

Why social media is vital to the impact of large public artworks like #wearehere.

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There when we need it

From Manchester to Orlando: why communities turn to art and culture when they are most in need

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Photo © Joao Silas 2. Dusk by Fevered Sleep 3. Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Ramps On The Moon: Kiruna Stamell, David Carlyle and Francesca Mills in The Government Inspector at The New Wolsey Theatre, 2016 4. Dean Heritage Centre. Photo © Eye Shut Photography 5. Photo courtesy of 14-18 NOW 6. Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus. Photo © MLGC 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