We supported Birmingham-based Punch Records to take four UK-based artists back to their homelands to discover their musical roots. These are their stories.
The Midlands is a place of creativity, industry and innovation, with a rich artistic and cultural heritage.
It's home to a mix of ambitious art and cultural organisations, from internationally acclaimed companies to grass-roots organisations inspiring creativity in local communities.
All the world’s a stage
The Royal Shakespeare Company has had big plans to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death across the Midlands and beyond.Find out more
Across the Midlands, the Arts Council invests in 82 National Portfolio organisations and four Major Partners Museums. We also support two Bridge organisations, Arts Connect and The Mighty Creatives, who help connect children and young people to great art and culture.
Our total investment in these programmes in 2015–18 stands at £184.4 million. We also invest in local artists and cultural organisations through Grants for the Arts, our open access funding programme.
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Our investment at work: Midlands case studies
Our Strategic Touring fund has been helping Warwickshire's Motionhouse take its energetic outdoor dance performances to more places in England.
Supported by our funding, Nottingham Playhouse has created a touring micro-theatre to make plays more enjoyable for young people with autism.
Explore our work in the Midlands
Two nominees of the Turner Prize 2017 have been selected from exhibitions at Arts Council England supported galleries in the Midlands
Supported by the National Lottery the University of Leicester will highlight the work of 1960s local playwright Joe Orton
More than £417,000 from Ambition for Excellence programme awarded to Multistory for a six month arts festival in Sandwell
Arts Council England has invested £15,000 from the National Lottery, allowing Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature to appoint a Young Poet Laureate for the first time.
Following the success of the first festival in 2015, Birmingham Weekender ’17 hosts an exciting programme packed with new commissions, pop-up theatre and workshops.
Curtain up on National Lottery funded play for deaf people