Let’s Create: Arts Council England release new 10-year strategy

27 Jan 2020

Artonik Bell Square. Photo © Vipul Sangoi


Arts Council England has today unveiled its next 10-year strategy, which aims to address  “momentous sector-wide challenges” including inequality, accessibility and a lack of diversity. The strategy outlines not only the Arts Council’s priorities for its work but also for the organisations that it will fund until 2030. The document is described as “a significant change, but an evolutionary one” by Chair Sir Nicholas Serota.

Entitled ‘Let’s Create’, the strategy will replace the 2010 strategy document, ‘Great Art and Culture for Everyone’.  Originally released as a draft in 2019 following 18-months of research, the final version of ‘Let’s Create’ focuses particularly on:

  • Diversity
  • Socio-economic/geographic inequalities of opportunity
  • Unequal provision of cultural education and lack of access particularly for children and young people
  • The Environmental Crisis
  • A need for organisations to be dynamic in their approach in times of change.

The strategy is based on outcomes and investment principles that organisations should follow to better deliver the outcomes. The outcomes are broken down into three categories:

Creative People
Cultural Communities
A Creative and Cultural County

“Fundamentally linked” to these are four investment principals:

Ambition and quality
Environmental responsibility
Inclusivity and relevance

The strategy will be followed by delivery documents that will set out in more detail a plan for the next three years. This will take place ahead of the next NPO round, which opens later this year with funded organisations for 2022-26 announced in summer 2021.

For more on the strategy and to view it in its entirety, click here:

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