South East

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

Encompassing the East of England and South East, the area covers Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and West Sussex and is home to 69 National Portfolio Organisations and four Major Partner Museums, including three Bridge organisations. Total investment in these programmes for 2015–18 stands at £103.5 million. We also invest in artists and art organisations in the South East through Grants for the Arts, our open access funding programme for art activities.

Man stands in front of a dance class with arms wide open showing the class a new move.
Hofesh Schechter, U Dance Ensemble rehearsal. Photo © Brian Slater.

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Explore our work in the South East

Three men are on top of a red car. One of the men is half on top of the car, half falling through the sun roof.

bOing! Festival 2016

bOing! returns to Kent this August for its third instalment, boasting two days packed with great arts activities for all the family – including three world premieres, a co-commission and the exciting ART31 stage.

A young urban music artist performing on stage.

Supporting young urban talent

Rapademic 100 returns to Cambridge Junction on 28 July 2016, showcasing some of the city’s finest up and coming urban talent.

An image from a street in Kolkata, India. People are milling about, with several market place style book stores on either side of the street. A sign arches over the street saying Presidency University.

East and South East arts go global

The East and South East of England are bursting with artistic talent. And now some of that talent is heading to international shores thanks to the latest round of funding from two of the Arts Council’s internationally focused programmes.

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Artistic ambitions

They might be separated by about 100 miles, but Cambridge and Reading both have at least one thing in common – a belief that the arts play an important role in our sense of identity and place.

American dance tour

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

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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. New Wolsey Theatre's Feed the Beast by Steve Thompson. Photo © Patrick Baldwin / New Wolsey Theatre. 4. bOing! Festival 2016. RIDE © ZoieLogic Dance Theatre 5. Rapademic © Cambridge Junction 6. Strictly Cycling by The Bicycle Ballet Co, part of the consortia led by The Bureau of Silly Ideas. Raysto Images 7. Writers' Centre Norwich's visit to Kolkata in 2016. © Writers' Centre Norwich / Melanie Kidd 8. Reading Abbey Ruins. © Reading Borough Council 9. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo © Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater /Andrew Eccles. 10. Carl Au in Bright Phoenix by Jeff Young at Liverpool Everyman. Photo © Jonathan Keenan for Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. 11. Sampad South Asian Arts perform at the Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender. 12. Public Address: The Soapbox Tour. Photo © Suzi Corker Photography / Apples and Snakes. 13. Mechanical Spider at Arcadia Bristol. Photo © Paul Box / Arcadia Bristol. 14. Dot, Squiggle and Rest at Polka Theatre with Royal Opera House. Photo © Robert Workman / Polka Theatre.