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.

Three men are on top of a red car. One of the men is half on top of the car, half falling through the sun roof.

bOing! Festival 2016

bOing! returns to Kent this August for its third instalment, boasting two days packed with great arts activities for all the family – including three world premieres, a co-commission and the exciting ART31 stage.

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Waving not drowning

John Orna-Ornstein blogs about how we’re investing in strategic thinking in museums through our Museum Resilience Fund

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Your future audiences need you

Five questions with Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva, about why making family-friendly art and culture is vital for the future

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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. bOing! Festival 2016. RIDE © ZoieLogic Dance Theatre 7. Dean Heritage Centre. Photo © Eye Shut Photography 8. Photo © Sinfonia Viva / Alan Fletcher 9. The Man Engine, pre-reveal. Image courtesy of Golden Tree Productions. 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