Discussion and debate

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Create is our ongoing journal that aims to stimulate discussion about the true value of art and culture to our society. We hope you enjoy the contents.

The arts can change the fortunes of cities and countries, but in the end, their power is always human.  They give expression to our loves, lives, hopes and fears – our history, our dreams, our culture. ‘Culture’ will have different meanings in different contexts; much as we find strength in what binds us together, so we can be inspired by our difference.

Over the next few weeks, Create will be publishing essays reflecting upon people, places and culture; how our understanding of culture, and the work we do with it, can reflect the world around us more widely and deeply, and help change life for the better.

Read our latest articles about the role of art and culture in education, or explore the rest of our Create content below.

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Tales of a City

Photographer Tricia Porter tells our Create journal how she's kept people in the picture

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Create: Issue 1

Read the first full issue of our Create journal, which launched in November 2014

Explore news, blog posts and our case studies

Little girl mid-jump and dancing with man

Men and girls dance together

London-based cross-artform company, Fevered Sleep discuss the motivation behind their piece, Men & Girls Dance.

Funding to find a Young Poet Laureate

Arts Council England has invested £15,000 from the National Lottery, allowing Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature to appoint a Young Poet Laureate for the first time.

John Orna-Ornstein climbs the main mast of SS Great Britain in Bristol.

A view from the dark side

John Orna-Ornstein, our former Director for Museums, writes about his experience working with us and what the future has in store for museums in England.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. No Credit Displaying 2. No Credit Displaying 3. No Credit Displaying 4. No Credit Displaying 5. Images © Arts Council England 6. We Forgot the Lot! 2015. Photo © Tate / Sam Robinson. 7. Illustration © Arts Council England. 8. Little girl mid-jump and dancing with man 9. No Boundaries 2017. Photo © No Boundaries. 10. No Credit Displaying 11. No Credit Displaying 12. John Orna-Ornstein climbs the main mast of SS Great Britain in Bristol. Photo © John Orna-Ornstein 13. No Credit Displaying 14. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 15. Advocacy Toolkit. Image © Arts Council England 16. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 17. Theatre Alibi - Olive & The Dream Train. Photo © Steve Tanner 18. Full cast and chorus from the all-female musical Dreamers at Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Photo © Joel C Fildes / Oldham Coliseum Theatre 19. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 20. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford.