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.

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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.

Performers link hands in front of an audience.

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

Circus performers balancing on each other's shoulders

Celebrating 250 years of modern circus

More than £749,000 investment for the New Vic Theatre’s Circus Past, Present and Future project, a highlight of the 250 year celebrations of Philip Astley, the father of modern circus.

Two women wearing black ovecoats looking at the camera and laughing one with a hand on the others shoulder

Visible Girls

Visible Girls: Photography project given new life with the help of our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme

An artist painting a portrait

Awkward Bastards is back

Disability arts organisation DASH are pushing the conversation around inclusivity and invisibility forward at their latest Awkward Bastards event.

A large group of people sat on the ground or in deck chairs in front of the bandstand on the beach. The sea is in the background and a few clouds sit in the blue sky

To the beach

This new network of local authorities and cultural organisations is helping to take great art and culture to people living in coastal communities around England.

A car next to a giraffe at a safari park

Evolution explored

On the streets of Charles Darwin’s hometown, critically acclaimed photographers are offering a fresh look at our ever evolving world.

Two masked actors holding a baby sit on the floor eating a picnic.

Sharing joy

For people living with Dementia, daily life can become increasingly isolated. But we believe everyone should have the chance to benefit from the joy art and culture can bring which is why we’re supporting Vamos Theatre’s latest tour.

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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. New Vic Theatre, Around the World in Eighty Days, image by Andrew Billington 5. Charmine and Janice. Visible Girls. Image © Anita Corbin. 6. Portraits Untold. Photo © Matthew Fessey 7. Aldeburgh Festival Bandstand on the Beach. © Aldeburgh Festival 8. Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire, England. From the book 'A to B tales of modern motoring’. © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos 9. Finding Joy by Vamos Theatre. Image © Graeme Braidwood. 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.