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.

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Hofesh Schechter, U Dance Ensemble rehearsal. Photo © Brian Slater.

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Ambition for Excellence

Four organisations across England will receive a total of £2.3m from our Ambition for Excellence programme in the latest round

Lenny Henry and cast members of Rudy's Rare Records appear on stage.

£4.6 million to help diversity flourish

We’re investing £4.6 million to help embed diversity within England’s arts and cultural sector, from its senior leadership to the artistic work being produced.

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New Note Orchestra

Members of a unique orchestra for people in recovery from addiction are preparing for their next performance as part of Recovery Month, this September.

Four people are on a stage. One is in a suite and three are dressed in track suits, with on of them in a wheel chair. All three of those dressed in track suits are holding torches. Only one of them is lit.

Rio comes to Stoke Mandeville

In a wonderful celebration of diversity, sport and the arts this September, Stoke Mandeville Stadium will host a Paralympic Flame Lighting Ceremony– the only one to be held outside of the host nation.

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.

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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. Martin Luther King Jr Painting by Artist Derek Russell, Freedom City 2017 5. Birmingham Repertory Theatre's production Rudy's Rare Records. Photo © Robert Day for Birmingham Repertory Theatre. 6. New Note Orchestra members. © Molly Mathieson 7. Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony 2014. Aylesbury Vale District Council. © Richard Washbrooke 8. bOing! Festival 2016. RIDE © ZoieLogic Dance Theatre 9. Rapademic © Cambridge Junction 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.