A credit to Britain: Why public investment in art and culture matters

A Credit to Britain

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. We believe that art and culture make life better, helps to build diverse communities and improves our quality of life.  Great art and culture can inspire our education system, boost our economy and give our nation international standing.  

We invest public money in Great art and culture for everyone, everywhere. We fund major organisations that serve the whole nation as well as, many smaller companies, individual artists and arts-related projects.  Our work is underpinned by our mission Great art and culture for everyone and our 5 goals.

Between 2015 and 2018, we will invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery in arts and culture to help create experiences for as many people as possible across the country.  Find out more about our investment across 2015-18.

Another important part of our work is advocating the value of arts and culture.  We bring artists together so that their voice can be heard; we champion the role art plays in our lives and we support new ways of thinking about the arts and their potential.  Collectively, we can tell a powerful story about the value of public investment in arts and culture. Discover more about making the case for public investment in arts and culture and joining the State of the Arts debate #culturematters

Explore the links to the left to find out more about what we do, how we support artforms, museums and libraries, our research initiatives and our development programmes across a range of themes including diversity, children and young people and sustainability.