A major exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery charts key moments in the history of art and the internet.
There is an increasing awareness of the economic impact of culture. Culture is central to the creative industries, now worth 5% of our economy. The arts and culture industry alone is worth £7.7bn to the UK; more than the entire textile industry.
The Arts Council supports the wider creative sector in several ways:
- Making loans and grants available for those with creative ideas from music to craft. The seed funding creative micro businesses need.
- Providing business with tools and support they need on copyright, access to finance, business planning, and digital media
- Supporting apprenticeships and the highly talented and skilled individuals who will work across the creative industries.
- Improving our towns and cities by investing Capital funds, and building relationships with local partners like universities and LEPs
- Inspiring entrepreneurs from fashion to advertising by investing in world class arts and culture in some of the greatest buildings in the world
In the next few years we will build on these achievements. As well as providing the funding and support mentioned above we will;
- Continue to be a voice for the sector on the Creative Industry Council and work closely with partners like the Creative Industries Federation, BFI and Creative England.
- Explore opportunities such as those in arts and technology, or gaming
- Strengthen our research and share best practice
Culture is the lifeblood of the creative industries, and the Arts Council will be at the heart of that in the years to come.
More on creative industries
Our Chair, Sir Peter Bazalgette, blogs about the future of the creative industries in England
Laura Dyer, from our Executive board, talks about how the Creative People and Places program is working to restore a sense of pride in our communities.
Michael Trainor on how LeftCoast in Blackpool is helping the local community to get involved in the town’s art and cultural life
Fiona Morris, Chief Exec and Creative Director of The Space, on her role managing the digital arts commissioning organisation and new work coming up
As the South West’s bridge organisation, Real Ideas Organisation has supported the beginnings of a Cultural Education Partnership in Plymouth
Richard Russell, our Director for Policy and Research, introduces our newly published report on the economic contribution of arts and culture