Why culture matters

Hand drawn iIllustration by Supermundane with lots of intricate lines and patterns

We believe that public investment in art and culture matters.

Art and culture make life better, help to build diverse communities and improve our quality of life. Great art and culture can inspire our education system, boost our economy and give our nation international standing. 

We are England’s advocate for the value of art and culture. We bring artists and organisations together so that their voice can be heard; we champion the role art and culture plays in our lives, and we support new ways of thinking about the arts and their potential. 

Take a look at the online conversation and get involved using #culturematters

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Illustration © Arts Council England 2. The Company of Wolves by Burn The Curtain based on the stories by Angela Carter. Image © Theo Moye 3. Digital Utopia: Digital R&D Fund for the Arts Event at HeartnSoul. Photo © Digital R&D Fund for the Arts / Nesta. 4. Gecko Theatre: Institute. Photo © Richard Haughton 5. Grass Men Bristol Biennial 2014. Photo © Ashley Peevor 6. Flex Dance performance. Photo © TIN Arts 7. Participants at Chelmsley Wood Library. Photo © Michael Cameron Photography 8. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford. 9. Theatre Alibi - Olive & The Dream Train. Photo © Steve Tanner