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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

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Our investment at work: North case studies

Latest news from the North

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Awkward Bastards is back

Disability arts organisation DASH are pushing the conversation around inclusivity and invisibility forward at their latest Awkward Bastards event.

A large group of people sat on the ground or in deck chairs in front of the bandstand on the beach. The sea is in the background and a few clouds sit in the blue sky

To the beach

This new network of local authorities and cultural organisations is helping to take great art and culture to people living in coastal communities around England.

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Ambition for Excellence

We’re investing £1.6 million in three organisations in the latest rounds of Ambition for Excellence.

A man draws on a wall.

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.

People dressed in Victorian clothes stroll along a cobbled street.

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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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. Portraits Untold. Photo © Matthew Fessey 5. Aldeburgh Festival Bandstand on the Beach. © Aldeburgh Festival 6. Public View exhibition launch, 2017 © Brian Roberts 7. Wysing Arts Centre: The Fish Police performing at Space-Time: The Multiverse festival, Wysing Arts Centre, 2015. Photo © Sylvain Deleu. 8. Live Late at Millennium Gallery. Photo © Museums Sheffield. 9. Image © Black Country Living Museum 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.