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.
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.
All the world’s a stage
The Royal Shakespeare Company has had big plans to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death across the Midlands and beyond.Find out more
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
Our Strategic Touring fund has been helping Warwickshire's Motionhouse take its energetic outdoor dance performances to more places in England.
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
Following the success of the first festival in 2015, Birmingham Weekender ’17 hosts an exciting programme packed with new commissions, pop-up theatre and workshops.
Curtain up on National Lottery funded play for deaf people
Appetite Stoke will showcase an outdoor spectacular performed on the lake at Central Forest Park.
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.
Visible Girls: Photography project given new life with the help of our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme
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.