Excellence in arts and culture

A child trying on a Roman helmet.

We want to see excellence thriving and celebrated in the arts, museums and libraries.

Our aim is for artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries to deliver artistic work and cultural experiences that represent the height of ambition, talent and skill. 

We want to demonstrate England's status as a world centre for cultural excellence, as well as helping artists to export their work internationally to showcase the best of our country abroad.

We work 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.

A woman plays a clarinet while people sing around her.

Measuring quality

We work with artists and organisations to measure the value and impact of their work

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Centre Stage : Celebrating Theatre In Bristol. Photo © Alice Hendy. 2. The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life by YAMAGUCHI Takayuki. Photo © Blast Theory. 3. Mucho Brumcha by Eye Candy at Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender. 4. Photo: James Berry & Spitalfields Music 5. Yasmin Vardimon Dance Company: Yesterday. Photo © Alastair Muir 6. Stopgap Dance Company: Artificial Things. Photo © Chris Parkes 7. Slung Low's 59 Minutes to Save Christmas at Barbican Centre. Photo © Susanna Sanroman / Slung Low 8. Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love stories), Kneehigh Theatre. Photo © Steve Tanner