Our response to The PLACE Report

The Arts Council has welcomed the latest contribution to the debate on arts funding from authors of a new report, entitled The PLACE.

We have now published our full response. Read it here: Word, PDF

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair Arts Council England said: 

‘We face a real challenge in making sure National Lottery money gets used in areas where there is not enough great art and culture, so we welcome the debate that this report provokes.'

He added: ‘We are working in challenging economic times, with pressure on our own income and local authority funding, but despite this we have increased our support through Lottery for the grassroots across England in the last three years. We recognise there is more to do and if National Lottery income levels stay healthy we will improve on this trend, bringing great art and culture as close to home as possible for everyone.'

Read his full statement: Word, PDF

Read The PLACE report

Large scale investment in arts buildings: interactive map

Explore our interactive map which tells the story of all our large scale investment in arts buildings using National Lottery arts funding. Over 66 projects have benefitted from investment of £5 million or more. Take a look.

Ten facts about National Lottery arts funding

  • 21 years ago the National Lottery Bill was introduced to 'provide substantial additional funds' for the arts and other good causes, and to 'create new public facilities…which will encourage citizens' involvement in activities that will broaden their outlook and experience'.
  • Today these principles remain the same and are reflected in policy directions from Government, which in turn are reflected in the Arts Council’s 10 year strategy Great art and culture for everyone.
  • Between 2010 and 2015, £1.9 billion of public money and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery will be invested by the Arts Council to create artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives.
  • In the first sixteen years of the National Lottery’s life the new investment transformed the arts and cultural offer in England, with £628 million spent on new buildings largely outside the capital like the Sage, The Lowry and Walsall’s New Art Gallery. A further £362m helped rebuild existing crumbling infrastructure.
  • National Lottery investment is creating culture in places with insufficient provision, touring great art, creating new jobs for young people, providing the right buildings and equipment, and helping organisations develop new sources of income. 
  • Currently over 70 per cent of the Arts Council’s National Lottery investment is outside the capital, compared to 60 per cent over the Lottery’s lifetime. If Lottery income levels stay healthy this trend can be improved upon.
  • Since the Lottery began, 28 per cent of the total value of grants awarded in England has been channelled into the 10 per cent most deprived local authority areas. £37m of lottery funding is being targeted at places with low engagement in the arts through Creative People and Places.
  • The biggest challenge today is the tough climate for public funding. To make the most of available resources from 2015 more National Lottery funding will be invested in National portfolio organisations to allow a larger portfolio and mix of large and small organisations than would otherwise have been possible. National portfolio organisations are a valued part of their local communities. Places like Cast in Doncaster, Theatre Royal Stratford, the Bluecoat in Liverpool, The ARC in Stockton on Tees or the Albany in Deptford are community arts organisations who work with local people on projects that contribute to social wellbeing and cohesion.
  • The Arts Council’s Grants for the arts programme uses National Lottery to support artists and small organisations, often for projects that reflect the experience of local communities. From 2015 the Grants for the Arts budget will be increased to over £72m each year, spread evenly across England.
  • The Arts Council’s Lottery-funded Creative Employment Programme is boosting opportunities and prospects and for young people in Britain’s £36bn a year creative industries, and has already created over 1,500 jobs around the country.