We support arts activities that engage people in England, or that help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.
Find out more below about our current and past initiatives:
Arts Jobs is the Arts Council's user-generated jobs and news listings website. It lists current vacancies and opportunities in the arts sector, and Arts News details arts events, news and exhibition call-outs.
Arts Award is a national qualification that helps young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills and is open to anyone aged 7 to 25. Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment. It is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.
Artsmark is the national programme that enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer. It provides a benchmark for arts provision across art, dance, drama and music.
Building digital capacity
The building digital capacity for the arts programme, announced in September 2010, supports the development of the arts sector's media production skills by bringing together the BBC Academy's media and digital experience with the Arts Council's extensive knowledge of the arts sector.
The Arts Council's decibel bi-annual diversity showcase provides a platform for established artists and companies with diverse practice. Attended by delegates from England and throughout the world, this opportunity increases the profile and touring opportunities of the selected artists and companies.
Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a global event with enormous potential to help deliver our mission of great art for everyone. We have been closely involved in the development of the Cultural Olympiad programme since the bid stage. Key projects include: flagship national project Artists taking the lead; Unlimited and the London 2012 Festival.
The Own Art scheme is designed to make it easy and affordable for everyone to buy contemporary works of art and craft including paintings, photography, sculpture, glassware and furniture. You can borrow up to £2,000, or as little as £100, and pay back the loan in 10 monthly instalments - interest free.
In 2011 Arts Council England and the BBC announced a partnership to create The Space - an experimental digital arts media service and commissioning programme that could help to transform the way people connect with, and experience, arts and culture. The Space was relaurnced in June 2014.
State of the Arts
State of the Arts has evolved from the Arts Council's single annual conference to become a series of diverse activities encouraging thought leadership in the arts and cultural sector and providing platforms to develop new ideas and respond to the political environment as it develops.
Take it away
Take it away is an Arts Council initiative designed to help more children and young people get involved in learning and playing music. The scheme allows young people aged between 18 and 25, and parents of children under the age of 18, to apply for a loan of up to £2,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument, and pay it back in nine monthly instalments, completely interest free.