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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.

Read our latest articles about the role of art and culture in education, or explore the rest of our Create content below.

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Tales of a City

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

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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 on stage at Hull Truck Theatre during a performance of Dancing Through Shadows.

Over £1 million for touring

We’re investing a further £1 million in seven organisations through the 28th round of our Strategic Touring programme.

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Fundraising post-Brexit

Michelle Wright on our new report into philanthropy, donations and sponsorship, and how fundraising looks set to change

On raving and the sublime

A Grants for the Arts-funded project prompted Phoebe Gardiner, Advocacy & Communications Officer, to mull over the unique power of raving to, basically, change the world.

Back to their roots

We supported Punch Records to take four UK-based artists back to their homelands to discover their musical roots. These are their stories.

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Proving people wrong

Ross Burnett looks at the way the Arts Impact Fund is bringing new opportunities to arts organisations

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Top left to bottom right: 1. No Credit Displaying 2. No Credit Displaying 3. No Credit Displaying 4. Images © Arts Council England 5. No Credit Displaying 6. We Forgot the Lot! 2015. Photo © Tate / Sam Robinson. 7. Illustration © Arts Council England. 8. Hull Truck, Dancing Through the Shadows. Photo © Andrew Billington. 9. Opera North, In Harmony - end of year concert. Photo © Jonny Walton 10. latalante via Visual hunt 11. No Credit Displaying 12. Homelands Artists. Image © Punch Records. 13. Primary school work with Bow Arts. Photo © Bow Arts 14. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 15. Advocacy Toolkit. Image © Arts Council England 16. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker. 17. Theatre Alibi - Olive & The Dream Train. Photo © Steve Tanner 18. Full cast and chorus from the all-female musical Dreamers at Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Photo © Joel C Fildes / Oldham Coliseum Theatre 19. Scattered by Motionhouse. Photo © Chris Nash / Motionhouse 20. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford.