Midlands

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The Midlands is a place of creativity, industry and innovation, with a rich artistic and cultural heritage.

It's home to a mix of ambitious art and cultural organisations, from internationally acclaimed companies to grass-roots organisations inspiring creativity in local communities.

Our investment

Across the Midlands, the Arts Council invests in 82 National Portfolio organisations and four Major Partners Museums. We also support two Bridge organisations, Arts Connect and The Mighty Creatives, who help connect children and young people to great art and culture.

Our total investment in these programmes in 2015–18 stands at £184.4 million. We also invest in local artists and cultural organisations through Grants for the Arts, our open access funding programme.

Meet our Midlands Area Council.

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Our investment at work: Midlands case studies

Back to their roots

We supported Birmingham-based 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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Captivating communities

Our Strategic Touring fund has been helping Warwickshire's Motionhouse take its energetic outdoor dance performances to more places in England.

Creating new worlds

Supported by our funding, Nottingham Playhouse has created a touring micro-theatre to make plays more enjoyable for young people with autism.

Explore our work in the Midlands

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Museum Accreditation review

During 2017, the Arts Council and our UK Accreditation Partners will be undertaking a light-touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme.

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Resilient leaders

Described by participants as “life changing” this year-long leadership programme is helping develop future leaders for the cultural sector. Interested? Apply now.

ACE Dance and Music Saturday Class Christmas Gala performance

New funding for arts in Aston

Together with Birmingham City Council, we are investing £500,000 in 13 arts and community organisations in Aston and Newtown in Birmingham.

New art in the making

New artworks by emerging artists will be going on display at major arts venues as New Art West Midlands returns for its fifth year.

Past lives

Freefall Arts have been using music and film to open the door onto the past lives of four counties in the Midlands.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Homelands Artists. Image © Punch Records. 2. Captive by Motionhouse. Photo © Motionhouse / Mark Simmons. 3. White Peakcock by Gill Brigg. Image © Nottingham Playhouse / Robert Day 4. Live Late at Millennium Gallery. Photo © Museums Sheffield. 5. Image © Black Country Living Museum 6. ACE Dance and Music Saturday Class Christmas Gala performance. Image © Graeme Braidwood 7. Yasmin Boyle, Orbita (2016) for New Art West Midlands 2017. Image © Yasmin Boyle 8. Past Lives. Image © Freefall Arts 9. No Credit Displaying 10. Carl Au in Bright Phoenix by Jeff Young at Liverpool Everyman. Photo © Jonathan Keenan for Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. 11. The Sultan's Elephant, Royal de Luxe, 2006. Produced by Artichoke in London. Photo © Sophie Laslett 12. Bestival Carnivale, 2015. Image © Tom Martin. 13. Hofesh Schecter rehearsal at UDance. Photo © Brian Slater. 14. Dot, Squiggle and Rest at Polka Theatre with Royal Opera House. Photo © Robert Workman / Polka Theatre.