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.

Meet our Midlands Area Council.

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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.

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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

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Ambition for Excellence

Three organisations across England receive funding in round 12 of our Ambition for Excellence programme

Sir Peter Bazalgette makes major speech

Sir Peter Bazalgette, gave a major speech to the Creative Industries Federation examining the relationship between governance, business and the creative and cultural sector.

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.

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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. No Credit Displaying 5. Chris Hopkins, a Black Sabbath Fan. Image © Capsule / Katja Ogrin. 6. Forced Entertainment, The Last Adventures. Photo © Hugo Glendinning 7. No Credit Displaying 8. Nott Romeo & Juliet. Image © The Renewal Trust / Sarah Roach 9. Captive by Motionhouse. Photo © Motionhouse / Mark Simmons. 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.