Hand drawn iIllustration by Supermundane with lots of intricate lines and patterns

Create is our ongoing journal that aims to stimulate discussion about the true value of art and culture to our society. We hope you enjoy the contents.

The arts can change the fortunes of cities and countries, but in the end, their power is always human.  They give expression to our loves, lives, hopes and fears – our history, our dreams, our culture. ‘Culture’ will have different meanings in different contexts; much as we find strength in what binds us together, so we can be inspired by our difference.

Over the next few weeks, Create will be publishing essays reflecting upon people, places and culture; how our understanding of culture, and the work we do with it, can reflect the world around us more widely and deeply, and help change life for the better.

Take a look at our photo essay from Tricia Porter, or explore the rest of our Create content below.

Explore Create

An old woman in glasses and headscarf sits at a pub table

Tales of a City

Photographer Tricia Porter tells our Create journal how she's kept people in the picture

Create with the RSC

Watch the first two films from the Royal Shakespeare Company on the value of art and culture!

Create illustration.

Create: Issue 1

Read the first full issue of our Create journal, which launched in November 2014

Explore news, blog posts and our case studies

A group of dancers clad in feathers perform before the dome in London.

A blast of oxygen

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

Chorus members wearing MLGC hoodies smile down at the camera

There when we need it

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

A painting of a man with a paintbrush in his mouth

Buy art: change lives

Koestler Trust puts art by offenders on sale to the public for the first time outside of their exhibitions.

Block colours painted onto a corner wall

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. No Credit Displaying 2. No Credit Displaying 3. Images © Arts Council England 4. Image © Arts Council England. 5. We Forgot the Lot! 2015. Photo © Tate / Sam Robinson. 6. Illustration © Arts Council England. 7. Requardt and Rosenburg: Motor Show. London International Festival of Theatre 2012. Photo © Stu Mayhew. 8. Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus. Photo © MLGC 9. Binary Waves, LAb[au], Lumiere London 2016. Produced by artichoke, supported by the Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016. Uploaded by Phoebe Gardiner, 10. A Koestler Trust Awards 2016 entry. Photo © Koestler Trust 11. Southbank Centre Alchemy Festival 2016. © Southbank Centre 12. Hospital Rooms: Dining room detail. Photo © Tim A Shaw 13. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 14. Advocacy Toolkit. Image © Arts Council England 15. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 16. Theatre Alibi - Olive & The Dream Train. Photo © Steve Tanner 17. Full cast and chorus from the all-female musical Dreamers at Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Photo © Joel C Fildes / Oldham Coliseum Theatre 18. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 19. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford.