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Welcome to the North.

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.

Our investment

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.

Meet our North Area Council

Get in touch

Our investment at work: North case studies

Latest news from the North

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Museum Accreditation review

During 2017, the Arts Council and our UK Accreditation Partners will be undertaking a light-touch review of certain aspects of the Museum Accreditation scheme.

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Resilient leaders

Described by participants as “life changing” this year-long leadership programme is helping develop future leaders for the cultural sector. Interested? Apply now.

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Disability and collections

How Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums used a process of a research and consultation to transform the way they think about diversity

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Top left to bottom right: 1. New Vic Theatre, All Our Daughters. Photo © Andrew Billington 2. No Credit Displaying 3. East by North East - Gem Arts youth music project. Photo © Colin Davison 4. Live Late at Millennium Gallery. Photo © Museums Sheffield. 5. Image © Black Country Living Museum 6. Derrin Crawford & Demi-Leigh Cruickshank in 'The Liver Birds' LOVE magazine, Liverpool, 2012. Photo © Alice Hawkins. 7. "We Are Hull" projections on Hull City Hall 8. Event at the People's History Museum, Manchester 9. No Credit Displaying 10. Sampad South Asian Arts perform at the Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender. 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.