Arts Council England Announces “Significant Increase” To Investment Outside London

Arts Council England announced that it will invest an additional £170million outside London between 2018 and 2022.

This ambitious investment in its new National Portfolio will offer art and culture to more people and more places than ever before.

  • A total budget of £409m Grant in Aid and National Lottery will be invested in 831 organisations per year, with increased investment in places such as Plymouth (£3.99m), Tees Valley (£1.99m), Bradford (£1.77m), Luton (£399,000) and Stoke-on-Trent (£255,000).
  • There will be 183 new entrants in the Arts Council’s National Portfolio of Organisations,who for the first time have been awarded four year funding.
  • The portfolio reflects the ambition, innovation and quality of this country’s arts and culture.It comprises organisations ranging from Emma Rice’s Wise Children in Bristol, Aakash Odedra Company in Leicester, Ballet Black and Chinese Arts Space in London and The Story Museum in Oxford to The Factory, in Manchester.
  • For the first time, 72 museums and 7 library organisations will also be part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio including library services in Devon, Barking & Dagenham and St Helens, and museums including ss Great Britain in Bristol, Museum of Rural Life in Reading and Reading Museum, Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland and the Tank Museum in Dorset.

The new portfolio will reach more people in a wider range of places and communities all across England with many places, including Coventry and Warwickshire, Torbay, Barking & Dagenham and Northumberland seeing significant increases in investment.

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair Arts Council England said: “Everyone deserves the chance to experience the sheer enjoyment, creativity and new horizons that culture can bring.

“We set out to deliver a significant increase in our investment outside London.  We’ve done that, without detriment to the internationally renowned cultural offer of the capital.

“Alongside continuing support for our great national companies, we’ve funded inventive, pioneering arts organisations and a new range of museums across the country.  We’ve also included libraries producing high quality cultural programmes. Working together these organisations will inspire a broader range of young people and audiences across England than ever before.”

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