Midlands

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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.

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Maudits Sonnants by Transe Express Company, Birmingham Weekender. Photo © Andrew Fox/Birmingham Weekender.

Find out more on future plans for development in the Midlands in our corporate plan

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Explore our work in the Midlands

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Lively libraries

Artistic and creative events have got more than 1,900 people visiting libraries in Warwickshire.

American dance tour

Dance Consortium is bringing one of Americas’ most popular dance companies to cities across England.

Tanya Raabe-Webber painting a portrait

Making diversity mainstream

Live-streamed portrait drawing events with award-winning disabled artist Tanya Raabe-Webber will consider how our diversity makes us who we are as humans.

A bright blue painting featuring portraits and bottles of hair product.

Is It Okay To Be Black?

British artist Hurvin Anderson’s new painting for the Arts Council Collection asks, Is It Okay to be Black?

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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. Strictly Cycling by The Bicycle Ballet Co, part of the consortia led by The Bureau of Silly Ideas. Raysto Images 5. Warwickshire Libraries' Fantastic Fun with Words Festival. Photo © Arts Council England / Alan Fletcher 6. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo © Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater /Andrew Eccles. 7. Cosmos by Semiconductor as part of Jerwood Open Forest. Image © Laura Hodgson. 8. Tanya Raabe-Webber. Photo © Portraits Untold. 9. Hurvin Anderson, Is It Ok To Be Black (2016). Photo © courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London 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.