State of the Arts is an Arts Council programme that aims to encourage thought leadership in the arts and cultural sector by providing platforms to explore new ideas and concepts that might shape the future of arts and culture.

Programme activities include lectures, symposia, conferences and debates. Keep up to date with planned activities here or follow @ace_national on Twitter, and join the discussion using #culturematters.

No Boundaries

No Boundaries is the arts industry's annual conference.

Tickets are sold out for the 2015 event, but you can join the waiting list by sending an email to

Following the huge success of No Boundaries 2014, the two-day arts and culture sector conference will return on 29 and 30 September. Live-linked across two cities and streamed online, No Boundaries 2015 will spark debate, ask challenging questions and present some world-class speakers. 

Find out more about No Boundaries 2015

Create: A journal of perspectives on the value of art and culture

We have just published Create: A Journal of perspectives on the value of art and culture. Create is a new journal that aims to stimulate discussion about the true value of art and culture to our society. 

Read the publication in full or explore it by theme here.

You can also download the PDF

Discover more

Find out more about our past State of the Arts events, and explore more thought leadership podcasts and videos here.