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

Ambition for Excellence

Four projects across the country will receive more than £2.3 million from our latest round of Ambition for Excellence

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How to look after Human Remains

Hear about the team of specialists, funded through our Museum Resilience fund, who make sure anything the dead (and undead) leave behind gets the best possible care!

Plymouth awarded £4.17m capital

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery have made a successful application for £4,175,000 to our large Capital Investment programme to support world class spaces for contemporary art in the new History Centre, planned to open in 2020.

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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. Oxford Christmas Lights Festival, December 2013. Photo courtesy of Oxford City Council. All rights reserved. 5. Liverpool Presents Sgt. Pepper at 50 6. Ablaze, Hide the Shark. Image © Toby Farrow. 7. Beastie, Lone Twin © Pekka Makinen 8. Living Worlds at Manchester Museum. © Manchester Museum 9. No Credit Displaying 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