Why culture matters

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Why public investment in art and culture matters

Why #culturematters in 60 seconds

A credit to Britain

Why #culturematters in 60 seconds

A credit to Britain

We believe that art and culture make life better, help to build diverse communities and improve our quality of life. Great art and culture can inspire our education system, boost our economy and give our nation international standing. 

We are England’s advocate for the value of art and culture. We bring artists and organisations together so that their voice can be heard; we champion the role art and culture plays in our lives, and we support new ways of thinking about the arts and their potential. 

Take a look at the online conversation and get involved using #CultureMatters

 

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Discover Create: our journal of perspectives on the value of art and culture

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There when we need it

From Manchester to Orlando: why communities turn to art and culture when they are most in need

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Post Brexit, Mahtab Hussain and Skinder Hundal blog about how art makes space for empathy

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Local government, art and culture

On Wednesday 13 April, Arts Council England and the New Local Government Network will present a speech by Sir Peter Bazalgette on local authority support for art and culture

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Advocacy Toolkit. Image © Arts Council England 2. Full cast and chorus from the all-female musical Dreamers at Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Photo © Joel C Fildes / Oldham Coliseum Theatre 3. Illustration © Arts Council England 4. The Company of Wolves by Burn The Curtain based on the stories by Angela Carter. Image © Theo Moye 5. Knowledge is Beautiful (cc) Creative Commons - informationisbeautiful.net 6. Digital Utopia: Digital R&D Fund for the Arts Event at HeartnSoul. Photo © Digital R&D Fund for the Arts / Nesta. 7. Criminal Quilts by Ruth Singer. Image © Joanne Withers 8. Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus. Photo © MLGC 9. 'Mother with child' - from The Commonality of Strangers. Image © Mahtab Hussain 10. Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. Photo © Joel Fildes 11. Opera North, In Harmony - end of year concert. Photo © Jonny Walton 12. Binary Waves, LAb[au], Lumiere London 2016. Produced by artichoke, supported by the Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016. Uploaded by Phoebe Gardiner, 13. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 14. Grass Men Bristol Biennial 2014. Photo © Ashley Peevor 15. Flex Dance performance. Photo © TIN Arts 16. Participants at Chelmsley Wood Library. Photo © Michael Cameron Photography 17. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford. 18. Theatre Alibi - Olive & The Dream Train. Photo © Steve Tanner