Arts Council England

Arts Council Corporate Plan

The Arts Council’s new corporate plan includes a number of changes to increase support for socially engaged arts practice and a specific change to the Creative People and Places programme to incorporate arts and health activity. This is accompanied by £17m new investment in the programme.

DCMS inquiry into social impact of culture

The House of Commons Culture Select Committee has heard its first evidence on the impact of culture and sport on people’s lives. Witnesses including Darren Henley, CEO of Arts Council England addressed the committee on the health, social and wellbeing impacts of cultural participation.

The sessions is available to be viewed here:

New Deal on Research into Arts, Health and Wellbeing

The University of Kent and Arts Council England have signed a shared Memorandum of Understanding agreeing areas of joint working. It has three main aspects including a focus on creativity, health and wellbeing and research into the impact of culture on the health of people in Kent.

Arts Council Enquiry into Culture in Cities

A new enquiry is investigating the potential future for culture in cities across the UK. The enquiry will investigate different ways that policy makers, funders, and practitioners can create an environment in which culture has the resources to flourish.

It will produce a report this autumn. The enquiry will look at several different possibilities, including:

Socially engaged culture

Arts Council England has awarded Battersea Arts Centre £360,000 to run a national network of interdisciplinary cultural organisations to co-create and disseminate knowledge on how to distribute world-class, socially-engaged, artistic projects.

The work will be focused away from London and led by producers who are committed to using arts and culture to drive social change. Battersea Arts Centre will develop practical, tested solutions, to enable a step-change in the wider arts sector and ensure excellent art is relevant to communities across the country.

People Place Power – 14 & 15 June 2018

A conference exploring the impact of the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places programme will take place in Wolverhampton.

The two day conference aims to unpick the themes of power, collaboration, ownership, relevance and place through a series of rich conversations, with an emphasis on learning and practice.

ACE funding changes

Arts Council England has announced a number of changes to its funding streams including renaming Grants for the Arts as Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants and increasing the funds available through this stream to £97m.

Strategic funds have also been renamed and will focus on diversity, resilience, innovation in business models, leadership development and creating more pathways for a wider range of people to become part of the arts and culture sector.

Arts Council strategic review

Arts Council England is inviting suggestions and ideas for what to include in its next ten year strategy.

The public consultation was announced in mid-January and will run through the spring with a draft framework published this autumn and a final strategy announced in 2019.

Arts Council diversity guides

Arts Council England has published the Culture Change Guide, a toolkit to support arts organisations in developing a diverse workforce and leadership.

The guide contains case studies and best practice examples from the arts and culture sector and beyond, with guidance on how to recruit and support diverse talent in an organisation, and how to capture and use diversity data.

There are six guides, each is a downloadable PDF:

Government data shows arts engagement stable

The most recent release of the DCMS Taking Part statistics show that arts attendance is broadly stable while library use continues to drop significantly.

The data shows public engagement with heritage has increased over the past decade but there are still overall major disparities between different ethnicities’ engagement with the arts and a 10% gap between engagement by disabled adults and those without disabilities.


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