On this page you can find resources that illustrate the significance and value of working in partnership at a local level. These include ‘On with the show’ (2014), a report that explores new delivery models to help councils support a resilient and flourishing cultural scene in their localities, and our rural positioning statement that sets out how we will approach the specific needs and aspirations of rural communities in order to deliver our strategy.
Local government remains the Arts Council’s most important strategic and delivery partner. Up and down the country, the commitment of local councils to support a healthy cultural infrastructure is vital to our vision of great art, museums and libraries.
As new combined authorities take on powers from central government there are also new opportunities to work together. We want to meet their ambition and local knowledge with our own expertise as a National Development Agency. As well as our ability to shift our investment, at scale, to match ambition, wherever it is.
You can read our approach to working with authorities developing devolution deals here.
Below you can find a number of nationally or strategically important organisations who we collaborate with to help us deliver our goals and our mission of great art and culture for everyone. Formal partnership agreements are given below where these exist.
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
- Bristol City Council
- British Council
- British Film Institute (BFI)
- Canal and River Trust (CRT)
- Creative England
- Forestry Commission England (FCE)
- Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
- Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
- Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs)
- Local Government Association (LGA)
- The National Archives
- The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
- The National Trust
- Universities UK
We also have partnerships with a number of major trusts and foundations, including:
- Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
- Clore Duffield Trust
- Foyle Foundation
- Paul Hamlyn Foundation
- The Sainsbury Trusts
- The Linbury Trust
- Garfield Weston
- The Wolfson Foundation
- Jerwood Charitable Foundation
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