North

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The North is well known for its cultural heritage. It has world-class collections and architecture and is home to some of England’s most exciting and ambitious art and cultural organisations.

Encompassing the North East, North West and Yorkshire, the North is home to 186 National Portfolio Organisations and eight Major Partner Museums, including three Bridge organisations. Total investment in these programmes for 2015–18 stands at £239.8 million. We also invest in artists and art organisations in the North through Grants for the Arts, our open-access funding programme for art activities.

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Bright Phoenix by Jeff Young, Liverpool Everyman. Photo © Jonathan Keenan, Liverpool Everyman.

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New appointments to Area Councils

Arts Council England has announced new appointments to three of the five Area Councils, which play a crucial role in both local and national decision-making.

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Grit and glamour in Blackpool

Michael Trainor on how LeftCoast in Blackpool is helping the local community to get involved in the town’s art and cultural life

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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. The Jubilee Sweetshop at Beamish. Photo © Beamish Museum. 4. Arts Council England logo. Photo © Arts Council England. 5. Spark Drummers at Blackpool Illuminations. Photo © Claire Griffiths 6. No Credit Displaying 7. Strictly Cycling by The Bicycle Ballet Co, part of the consortia led by The Bureau of Silly Ideas. Raysto Images 8. Nikhil Chopra's 'Coal on Cotton' 9. Koreless, the second Simple Harmonic Motion for 16 Percussionists by Memo Akten, Future Everything © Sebastian Matthes 10. Sampad South Asian Arts perform at the Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender. 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.