Governance

We have a duty to be fair, honest and open about the way we’re run, how much we spend and how we treat people.

We have regular independent reviews to make sure we’re doing the right thing and let us know where we could improve.

On these pages, you can find out more about how the Arts Council is run, on a national or a local scale. The links below lead to more information about our decision-making bodies: National Council (and its standing committees), Executive Board, and Area Councils.

You can also view our Council Members’ Registers of Interests, minutes of National and Area Council meetings, and how much members of National Council and Executive Board have claimed in expenses.

Our Royal Charter

The Royal Charter is the governing document that incorporates the Arts Council as a legal entity. The Charter has been updated over time to reflect organisational changes and sets out the charitable objects and powers for which we exist.

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Area Councils

Our five area councils: North, Midlands, London, South East and South West

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Annual Reviews

Our annual reports and accounts, setting out how we're fulfilling our mission of ‘Great art and culture for everyone’

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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act informs our approach to publication of data and information, and otherwise providing access to information we hold

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Our expenditure data

We break down spending into detail so you can see where your money goes, how we’re paid and what expenses we claim

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Working with us

We’ve got great people working for us. Find out how you can join our team

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In your area

To give you full insight into our aim to be fair across the regions, we publish information by area to show what we’re doing where.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Neon Dogs by Deepa Mann Kler, produced by Artichoke. Photo © Chris Hill / Artichoke. 2. Dot, Squiggle and Rest at Polka Theatre with Royal Opera House. Photo © Robert Workman / Polka Theatre. 3. Shailesh Bahoran and Sooraj Subramaniam of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance perform Material Men, commissioned by Southbank Centre. Photo © Chris Nash. 4. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 5. Reopening of Manchester Central Library, March 22nd 2014. Photo © Joel C. Fildes for Arts Council England.. 6. Daniel Bye in Error 404 at Polka Theatre. Photo © Matt Hargreaves / Polka Theatre. 7. Spectra-3, by Field.io at Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke. Photo © Matthew Andrews. 8. David Glowacki's Hidden Fields. Photo © Paul Blakemore / Interactive Scientific Ltd 9. Flex Dance performance. Photo © TIN Arts