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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Dig a little deeper

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

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Captivating communities

Motionhouse’s energetic outdoor dance performances are bringing high-quality art to more places in England.

Performers from the Enchanted Chandelier by Transe Express.

Pride of the community

Laura Dyer, from our Executive board, talks about how the Creative People and Places program is working to restore a sense of pride in our communities.

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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. 'Mother with child' - from The Commonality of Strangers. Image © Mahtab Hussain 9. Captive by Motionhouse. Photo © Motionhouse / Mark Simmons. 10. Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Ramps On The Moon: Kiruna Stamell, David Carlyle and Francesca Mills in The Government Inspector at The New Wolsey Theatre, 2016 11. The Colour of Time at Cast, Doncaster. Image © James Mulkeen 12. Appetite presents the Enchanted Chandelier by Transe Express. Photo © Clara Lou Photography. 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