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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.

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 young girl in a green t-shirt plays the violin with an expression of deep concentration

In praise of music making

How our In Harmony programme is using music to transform the lives of school pupils in deprived communities

An elderly man plays guitar in front of care home residents.

Silver Lining

The therapeutic benefits of music are well documented, particularly for people who are living with the effects of dementia.

A female nurse views textile artwork on the wall of a hospital corridor.

Feeling good

Richard Russell, our Director for Policy and Research, blogs about how our Research Grants Programme is demonstrating the value of arts and culture for our nation’s health and wellbeing

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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. Liverpool Philharmonic - In Harmony 7th Birthday Concert. Photo © Mark McNulty - In Harmony Liverpool 10. Kevin Edward Turner leads a youth dance workshop with Company Chameleon. Photo © Joel Chester Fildes 11. Members of the Royal Voluntary Service taking part in a singing and ukulele session with Sage Gateshead’s Silver Lining programme and bait. Photo © Jason Thompson / bait / Woodhoorn Museum and Northumberland Archives. 12. Culture Shots: taking museum objects into our hospitals. Photo © Manchester Museum, University of Manchester / Joel C Fildes. 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.