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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A blast of oxygen

Five questions with...Mark Ball, Artistic Director of LIFT, about cultural connections and ‘the heat and light’ of the festival.

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Play inspired by 90-year-olds

Some of Winchester’s oldest residents have shared their life stories to shape an unusual new theatre performance

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Great Places Scheme launches

A £15 million scheme to help put culture at the heart of successful communities has been unveiled by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council

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Hospital Rooms

A Grants for the Arts funded initiative in London installing world-class art in mental health wards

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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. 'Mother with child' - from The Commonality of Strangers. Image © Mahtab Hussain 8. Binary Waves, LAb[au], Lumiere London 2016. Produced by artichoke, supported by the Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016. Uploaded by Phoebe Gardiner, 9. Requardt and Rosenburg: Motor Show. London International Festival of Theatre 2012. Photo © Stu Mayhew. 10. Phyllis aged 92. Image © Joe Low 11. Gold Rush! at Folkestone Triennial 2014. Creative Foundation © Thierry Bal 12. Hospital Rooms: Dining room detail. Photo © Tim A Shaw 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