Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, an area in the bottom 20% of arts participation in England, according to ACE

ACE launches £37m fund to inspire involvement in arts

Patrick Steel, 30.01.2012
MA urges eligible English museums to apply
The Arts Council England (ACE) today launched its £37m Creative people and places fund, designed to encourage participation in the arts in areas of the country that fall into the lowest 20% of arts engagement.

An ACE survey has identified 71 areas of England that fall into the lowest 20%, the majority of which are in the north: 17 in the North West and 14 in the North East.

Museums in the 71 areas will be eligible to apply for grants of between £500,000 and £3m if they submit applications with an emphasis on artistic excellence that encourage long-term collaborations between local communities and arts organisations, libraries and local authorities.

Alan Davey, ACE chief executive, said: “Though at this stage we can only offer funding for three years, we’d like to see applicants articulating a 10 year ambition for the communities they’re working with that will transform how local people experience and access the arts.”

Maurice Davies, the MA’s head of policy, said: “This is an extremely worthwhile initiative.

“Many museums have fantastic skills and experience at widening audiences and I would urge museums in the areas that ACE has identified to work with local arts organisations and talk to their regional arts council office to explore this fund and ways in which they might work together in consortia.”

The closing date for applications is 13 April 2012.

Interested museums with their partners must register their intention to apply with their regional arts council office by 23 March 2012.

For details and eligibility criteria, please click here (ACE website)