Arts Council England

New survey of British theatre launched

Creative & Cultural Skills, Arts Council England, and NESTA have joined forces to commission new independent research into the influence of publicly funded theatre on commercial theatre, with a view to gaining a greater understanding of the role of public investment in the arts.

The survey, which launched today, will track the careers of people in the industry, and the talent that has emerged from it, in order to better understand the impact that public investment in the theatre sector makes.

Artists’ International Development Fund – deadline 31 May

The Artists' international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England. The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country. The fund will provide grants of £1,000 to £5,000 for artists to travel, explore and collaborate internationally while carrying out professional projects.

Arts Council England responds to the Henley Review of Cultural Education

The Government has published Cultural education in England: An independent review by Darren Henley for the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Arts Council England has published a detailed response and is pleased the review recognises cultural education as a central aspect of all children and young people's lives.

Creative people and places fund opens for applications

The Arts Council has launched a new £37 million fund to support arts activity in areas where levels of involvement are currently low. Over three years, the Creative people and places fund will invest in around 15 programmes of activity that use radical new approaches to developing excellent, inspiring and sustainable arts experiences for communities not currently engaging with the arts.

Arts Council England announces Renaissance major partner museums and Museum Development Fund

The Arts Council has announced the 16 major partner museums, as well as further details of the Museum Development Fund.

The 16 Renaissance Major partners will together receive approximately £20 million a year in funding for the next three years as part of its Renaissance programme for regional museums.

These awards follow the Arts Council's assumption of responsibilities for museum development from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in 2011.

Arts Council England: Strategic Touring Programme – deadline 2 March

The £45 million programme aims to encourage collaboration between cultural organisations so more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

Awards of £10,000 and above will support touring across all artforms including theatre, dance, music, literature and the visual arts. Museums and libraries are able to apply to the Strategic touring programme as long as the work proposed is primarily arts focused.

Arts Audience Participation Funding Launched – deadline 9 January 2012

Arts Council England has opened a new fund to support the growth and retention of arts audiences in England. The Audience Focus fund aims to engage more people in museums, libraries and the arts by supporting organisations to understand retain and develop their audiences.

Creativity in the community - 2 February 2012

London Arts and Health Forum, in partnership with Arts Council England, are hosting a learning and networking event on 2 February 2012 from 10am-1pm at Arts Council England, 14 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 3NQ.

The focus of the event is the role of creativity and well being in community settings, sharing particularly the findings from Be Creative Be Well and interim data from Well London. 

State of the arts: artists shaping the world, Salford – 14 February 2012

State of the arts, the national conference for the arts and culture sector: Held in Salford, the event will be hosted by Arts Council England in conjunction with the BBC, The Lowry, Salford City Council and Manchester City Council.

This event is aimed at senior level management from arts and cultural organisations, artists and senior figures involved in the arts from agencies, local authorities, higher education and the media.

Turning Point Network evaluation report

Arts Council England has published the final evaluation report of the pilot stage of the Turning Point project.                   

The Turning Point Network is a national network comprising 13 regional groups of artists, arts professionals and organisations. It was formed to deliver Turning Point, the 10-year strategy for strengthening the visual arts in England published in 2006.


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