On 10 January 2014 The Culture, Media and Sport Committee announced a short inquiry into the work of Arts Council England. We welcomed the opportunity this offers to discuss investment in arts and culture, and the complexities of achieving a regional balance in this funding. The Arts Council England submitted our formal response on 24 January 2014.
Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said:
'There are valuable and varied accounts of the arts and culture landscape across the country. We hope that the Committee receive a range of submissions that show this diversity of experience and opinion.
'Arts Council England’s remit is to support great art for everyone. The arts ecology of England is complex and interrelated and there are inherent and long standing challenges in achieving our ambition – in reaching all parts of the country, rural and urban, cities and the suburbs and in reaching people from many different communities. To do this well, we need a strong and nationally connected arts infrastructure in our capital city as much as we need an equally strong and vibrant arts infrastructure in the regions.
'We look forward to discussing the detail of our investment criteria, and reflecting the scale of our ambition in delivering great art for everyone across England to the committee.'
We have also published This England: how Arts Council England uses its investment to shape a national cultural ecology, a document that restates the principals on which Arts Council England invests in England's arts and culture, with underlying principals, guiding metrics and updates analyses.