Supporting combined arts

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Combined arts cover a range of organisations, artists and companies that work across multiple artforms.

Combined arts in the National Portfolio

182 combined arts organisations currently receive regular Arts Council funding as part of our National Portfolio.

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'Transe Express' by Seachange Arts at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, 2015. Photo © David Street / Streetview Marketing

In 2014–15 we invested £162.4 million in these organisations and individuals. They include festivals, carnivals, arts centres and presenting venues, rural touring networks and agencies.

We want to offer audiences new experiences through high quality, ambitious art in a variety of spaces.

We invest in high quality work for outdoor spaces, festivals and carnivals. We also support these organisations to create networks and partnerships, alongside developing talent hubs to create the next generation of artists.

We hope that this will provide more opportunities for a wide range of people (including children and young people) to get involved with creating and experiencing art and culture.

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Grants for the Arts

Individuals and organisations working with combined arts can apply for this open funding programme

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Case studies

Take a look at some of our funded projects in action

Latest news, blog posts and case studies

Men with paces painted like skulls bang huge drums, in front of red smoke and sparks

Outdoor arts celebrated in south London

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival - London’s largest festival of outdoor arts celebrates its 21st birthday with 6 world premieres, 5 UK premieres and 12 London premieres

A girl is riding a tricycle across sand, but it has no handlebars. There is a crowd in the background.

Street arts takeover Watford

In a wonderful collision of energy, fun, skill - and often incredible balance - Imagine Watford returns to the town’s streets this June.

A group of dancers clad in feathers perform before the dome in London.

A blast of oxygen

Five questions with...Mark Ball, Artistic Director of LIFT, about cultural connections and ‘the heat and light’ of the festival.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 2. The Revenge of Mr Trout! by TongueTied Theatre. Photo © Kyle Davies / TongueTied Theatre. 3. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford. 4. The Clash of Drums, by Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak, GDIF 2016. Photo © Marion Le Fournier 5. Crazy Bikes. Imagine Watford 2016. 6. The Man Engine, pre-reveal. Image courtesy of Golden Tree Productions. 7. Requardt and Rosenburg: Motor Show. London International Festival of Theatre 2012. Photo © Stu Mayhew. 8. Frank Bolter at Suramedura Sri Lanka. Image © Neil Butler 9. Nottingham Lights up the Night. Photo © Gerry Molumby / Nottingham Castle 10. Land Speed Record Toys. Photo © Tom Wood / National Motor Museum 11. Rifco Arts: Break the Floorboards @ Watford Palace Theatre, 2013. Photo © Manuel Harlan. 12. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 13. New Wolsey Youth Theatre's Through The Looking Glass. Photo © Mike Kwasniak 14. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Photo © RAMM Exeter 15. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre, February 2014. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 16. It's A Wonderful Life by New Wolsey Theatre. Photo © Mike Kwasniak. 17. Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Photo © Andy Keate