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The Midlands is a place of creativity, industry and innovation, with a rich artistic and cultural heritage. The area is home to a mix of ambitious art and cultural organisations, from internationally acclaimed companies to grass roots organisations inspiring creativity in local communities.

Stretching across the country from Stoke-on-Trent to Northampton and Hereford to Skegness, the Midlands has 84 National Portfolio Organisations, four Major Partner Museums and two Bridge Organisations. The total investment in these programmes in 2015–18 stands at £184.4 million. We also invest in artists and art organisations in the Midlands through Grants for the Arts, our open access funding programme for art activities.

A man in a silver costume stands inside a cage shooting fire above a crowd under red light.
Maudits Sonnants by Transe Express Company, Birmingham Weekender. Photo © Andrew Fox/Birmingham Weekender.

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Explore our work in the Midlands

Performers link hands in front of an audience.

Captivating communities

Motionhouse’s energetic outdoor dance performances are bringing high-quality art to more places in England.

Creating new worlds

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

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.

A man riding a white house in a pub.

A story of East meets West

The world’s first Punjabi pub signs designed by artists and landlords are going on display at Desi Pubs in the Black Country.

A woman in a green top poses for the camera with a baby wrapped against her back

Dig a little deeper

Post Brexit, Mahtab Hussain and Skinder Hundal blog about how art makes space for empathy

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Grass Men Bristol Biennial 2014. Photo © Ashley Peevor 2. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 3. Maudits Sonnants by Transe Express Company at Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender. 4. Captive by Motionhouse. Photo © Motionhouse / Mark Simmons. 5. White Peakcock by Gill Brigg. Image © Nottingham Playhouse / Robert Day 6. Birmingham Repertory Theatre's production Rudy's Rare Records. Photo © Robert Day for Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 7. Amrick at The Fourways. Photo © Creative Black Country 8. Walking Stories by Charlotte Spencer. Image © Charlotte Spencer 9. 'Mother with child' - from The Commonality of Strangers. Image © Mahtab Hussain 10. Carl Au in Bright Phoenix by Jeff Young at Liverpool Everyman. Photo © Jonathan Keenan for Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. 11. Public Address: The Soapbox Tour. Photo © Suzi Corker Photography / Apples and Snakes. 12. Mechanical Spider at Arcadia Bristol. Photo © Paul Box / Arcadia Bristol. 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.