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

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Podcast: The arts of Carnival

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.

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Eequality, diversity and accessibility

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

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On culture and caring

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

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Young Londoners commemorate Great Fire

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

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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. Notting Hill Carnival 2014 © Steve Shaw 5. Notting Hill Carnival. Photo © Tara Hobson Carnival Village Trust 6. Extraordinary Bodies. Photo © Chris Frazer Smith / Diverse City 7. A young carer performs at Sadler’s Wells during inspired:arts. Photo © Alicia Clarke 8. Cloudgazing by Gobbledegook Theatre © Brendan Beusnel 9. School workshops: London 1666 by David Best with Artichoke. Photo © Hugh Myddelton 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