South East

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Our South East area 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 both the East of England and South East, the area covers 13 counties and boasts an incredible range of arts and cultural talent. From the largest to the smallest, each of them works to provide great art and culture for everyone. This ranges from those that have a strong focus on creating exciting experiences for local communities through to those that work across thge regional, nationally and internationally.

Our investment

The South East is home to 69 National Portfolio Organisations (including three Bridge organisations) and four Major Partner Museums. Our total investment in these programmes for 2015-18 is £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, and our Strategic Funding Programmes.

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Our investment at work in the South East

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The art of possibility

Project Art Works brings together a team of artists with people who have complex needs and opens up the possibilities of exploration for participants in a way that exposes their potential, that excites them and that follows their innate interests.

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Inspiring children and young people

The Garage provides people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to engage in the arts – especially young people. Inspiring the newest generation can be a challenge, so The Garage went to the millennials themselves.

Latest news from the South East

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Visible Girls

Visible Girls: Photography project given new life with the help of our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme

Ambition for Excellence

Four projects across the country will receive more than £2.3 million from our latest round of Ambition for Excellence

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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Awkward Bastards is back

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

Two masked actors holding a baby sit on the floor eating a picnic.

Sharing joy

Vamos Theatre are helping people living with dementia to enjoy art and culture.

Image captions
Top left to bottom right: 1. South East Dance. Audience Ambassadors © Zoe Manders. 2. Sisters on the Art Breaks Project, September 2015. Photo © Tim Corrigan / Project Art Breaks. 3. Statik at The Garage, Norwich. Photo © Benjamin Mathers / The Garage, Norwich 4. Couture carnival costume designer Melissa Simon-Hartman leads a workshop exploring diversity. Image Salvo Toscano. 5. Charmine and Janice. Visible Girls. Image © Anita Corbin. 6. Ablaze, Hide the Shark. Image © Toby Farrow. 7. Aldeburgh Festival Bandstand on the Beach. © Aldeburgh Festival 8. Portraits Untold. Photo © Matthew Fessey 9. Finding Joy by Vamos Theatre. Image © Graeme Braidwood. 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. The Sultan's Elephant, Royal de Luxe, 2006. Produced by Artichoke in London. Photo © Sophie Laslett 13. Bestival Carnivale, 2015. Image © Tom Martin. 14. Dot, Squiggle and Rest at Polka Theatre with Royal Opera House. Photo © Robert Workman / Polka Theatre.