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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Sharing joy

For people living with Dementia, daily life can become increasingly isolated. But we believe everyone should have the chance to benefit from the joy art and culture can bring which is why we’re supporting Vamos Theatre’s latest tour.

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Beyond my Brain

The London Brain Project uses art to explore brain injury in children, with beautiful results

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All our children

Richard Russell blogs about his new role at the Arts Council, addressing barriers to young people’s access to arts 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. No Credit Displaying 8. Farnham Maltings: Time to Remember, May 2016. Photo © Savannah Photographic (Alex Harvey) 9. Finding Joy by Vamos Theatre. Image © Graeme Braidwood. 10. Beyond my Brain artwork by Holly Birtles © London Brain Project 11. Primary school aged pupils taking part in a Samba drumming workshop 12. Allan Bank, Grasmere, National Trust property, part of the Lakes Culture project. Photo © Jill Jennings 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