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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 essay from Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble, 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 young woman in a Create t-shirt holds a dance pose while performing on stage against a bright green backdrop

On culture and caring

Nicky Goulder on the impact of art and culture on young carers, and how creativity can helps us to step into someone else's shoes

young audience members engaged in theatre

The Isle is Full of Noises

In light of the new Analysis of Theatre in England report, Simon Mellor blogs about how the theatre landscape is evolving in the digital age

Lenny Henry and cast members of Rudy's Rare Records appear on stage.

£4.6 million to help diversity flourish

We’re investing £4.6 million to help embed diversity within England’s arts and cultural sector, from its senior leadership to the artistic work being produced.

Drummers walking through Blackpool

Grit and glamour in Blackpool

Michael Trainor on how LeftCoast in Blackpool is helping the local community to get involved in the town’s art and cultural life

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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. Image © Arts Council England. 6. We Forgot the Lot! 2015. Photo © Tate / Sam Robinson. 7. Illustration © Arts Council England. 8. Criminal Quilts by Ruth Singer. Image © Joanne Withers 9. A young carer performs at Sadler’s Wells during inspired:arts. Photo © Alicia Clarke 10. Dusk by Fevered Sleep 11. Birmingham Repertory Theatre's production Rudy's Rare Records. Photo © Robert Day for Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 12. The Colour of Time at Cast, Doncaster. Image © James Mulkeen 13. Spark Drummers at Blackpool Illuminations. Photo © Claire Griffiths 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.