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Our South East Area covers Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and West Sussex.

The South East has 69 National portfolio organisations*, including three Bridge organisations**, with an investment of £89million

The South East has four Major partner museums with an investment of £14.4 million

There are three Bridge organisations in the South East

Total 2015-18 investment in these programmes in the South East is £103.5 million

*National portfolio organisations include those organisations previously referred to as National youth music organisations.

**Norfolk and Norwich Festival is counted twice as they are funded as a National portfolio organisation and separately as a Bridge organisation.

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National portfolio funding

Browse our interactive map to view National portfolio organisations in the South East Area.

Latest news

News from the area

Performance still, Laser Light Synths (2014), Artist: Seb Lee-Delisle – a 2014 Brighton Digital Festival commission.

Brighton Digital Festival: where art, culture and digital meet

Brighton Digital Festival returns for 2015 with more than 170 events dedicated to unravelling, showcasing, and building a greater understanding of how and where arts and culture combine and overlap with digital - from data to media to videogames - and what the future holds.    

Motionhouse UK's Fragile

Canterbury’s International Family Arts Festival to go off with a bOing! this August

bOing! Festival returns to the University of Kent's Canterbury campus this weekend (29-30 August) with …

The National Youth Girls' Choir premieres the eight new songs commission for Friday Afternoons 2015

Friday Afternoons’ new repertoire premiered

This year's National Youth Choirs of Great Britain's Summerfest at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford was …

Latest publications

Front page of Arts Council Plan 2011-15

Arts Council Plan 2011-15

This Plan sets out what we will do to deliver our Achieving great art for everyone goals and priorities over the years 2011-15.

Front page of Escalator East to Edinburgh 2011

Escalator East to Edinburgh 2011

A brochure detailing all the artists and companies from the East of England performing at Edinburgh …

Front page of Bigger Thinking for Smaller Cities

Bigger Thinking for Smaller Cities

Regional Cities East, an alliance of six smaller cities in the East of England, in …

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Regularly funded organisations

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  • Tel: 0845 300 6200
  • Fax: 0870 242 1257
  • Textphone: 01273 710659

Sovereign House
Church Street, Brighton

50.824616, -0.140475


Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge

52.188229, 0.13102

Press and media

For press and media enquiries contact:

Natalie Jones
(South East Area out of hours contact)
Area Senior Manager, Advocacy & Communications
Phone: 020 7268 9649
Mobile: 07850 910 430

Nick Tapper
Officer, Communications
Phone: 020 7268 9653
Mobile: 07872 417 800

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