Discover how our plan funds and develops a thriving art and culture ecology
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.Find out more
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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Latest news, blog posts and case studies
As Notting Hill Carnival celebrates its 50th year, we talk to three authorities in the sector about where this unique spectacle came from, why it’s so popular, and how it can secure a more stable future.
This Bank Holiday weekend, the famous Notting Hill Carnival celebrates its 50th year
Doing Things Differently is a series of inspirational talks, practical workshops and ground-breaking performances that will have people celebrating, learning and talking about equality in the arts
Nicky Goulder on the impact of art and culture on young carers, and how creativity can helps us to step into someone else's shoes
Dorset’s biennial festival of outdoor art and performance returns with an array of exceptional experiences this September.
Hundreds of Londoners aged 5-24 create the spectacular showpiece of Artichoke's London’s Burning festival, commemorating the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London