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
Supported by the Grants for the Arts scheme, High aims to increase awareness of addiction and substance misuse, through African contemporary dance
From 2018-22 we'll invest £283.6 million across the Midlands
We're funding a new project encouraging disabled people to get involved in dance
Two nominees of the Turner Prize 2017 have been selected from exhibitions at Arts Council England supported galleries in the Midlands
Supported by the National Lottery the University of Leicester will highlight the work of 1960s local playwright Joe Orton
More than £417,000 from Ambition for Excellence programme awarded to Multistory for a six month arts festival in Sandwell