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Excellence is thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries

We want to use our investment and expertise to encourage and support artistic and cultural excellence across the country. This will include working alongside further and higher education bodies and partners such as the British Council, and investing in activities which build on the cultural legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

What will success look like?

  • artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries are delivering artistic work and cultural experiences that represent the height of ambition, talent and skill
  • demonstrating England’s status as a world centre for cultural excellence, more artists, arts organisations and museums based in England are exporting their work internationally and visitors cite the arts and culture as the reason they visited England
  • the work produced by arts organisations and museums, and services provided by libraries, reflects the diversity of contemporary England

Find out more about Goal 1 by reading our strategy, Great art and culture for everyone (pdf) or by watching the films on the Our mission and strategic framework page. You can also see examples of the goal in action below.

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