We're building a grassroots network to protect and advance arts and culture in the UK.
In our lives. In our communities. Across the country.
If the arts matter to you too, join us.
Across the UK, 54 million of us engage with the arts every year.
That’s over 80% of the population, spanning every Parliamentary constituency.
Imagine how powerful we can be, if we link up to act for the arts.
Protecting the essential benefits
The arts improve our mental health and wellbeing.
They bring joy, alleviating anxiety, depression and stress.
They spark our imaginations and boost our confidence.
They help with major challenges such as growing up, ageing and loneliness, by making us feel more engaged and resilient.
The arts improve our social lives and community cohesion.
They bring us together, so we can share thoughts and feelings, make meaningful connections and imagine new possibilities.
They help us to understand and empathise with others, building bridges so we can live together better.
They give us a shared identity and sense of belonging.
The arts improve our economy, both locally and nationally.
The arts industries contribute £10.8billion a year to the UK.
They generate income for local businesses and a wide range of other sectors: from hospitality to retail, transport to tourism.
They cultivate creativity, which drives innovation and entrepreneurship.
Advancing the arts for all
In the last decade, government investment in the arts has been cut by 35%.
We want to see increased investment in the arts, by and for every community in the UK.
Access to arts and culture is a human right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration. Its essential benefits must be available to all – from early years, in schooling and throughout adult life.
We want to maintain and extend arts provision, remove barriers to access, and expand opportunities for participation and creative learning.
There is extraordinary cultural diversity in the communities, regions and nations of the UK.
We want a diverse arts and cultural landscape everywhere, involving a wide range of people and artforms.