EAB / New Arts Council of England to be created

New Arts Council of England to be created

Streamlined support for the arts as current Arts Council and 10 Regional Arts Boards merge

The Arts Council of England today announced plans to unite with the 10 Regional Arts Boards to create a single arts funding and development organisation for all the arts in all parts of England.

The new Arts Council will deliver the following benefits:

The new Arts Council will have a strategic central office that is responsible for national arts leadership and is well-connected with the arts nationally and internationally. The regional offices will be responsible for regional partnerships and investment and front-line contact with the arts.

The new organisation will build on the success of both the Arts Council and the RABs in developing partnerships and levering new investment for the arts regionally and nationally.

The structure for the new Arts Council will be published in July 2001. The new organisation will be established by December 2001. It will employ fewer people than the 660 currently employed by the Arts Council and the RABs together.

The Arts Council believes that it is important to carry out the proposals swiftly. However, it recognises that to move swiftly it requires the agreement of the Regional Arts Boards. The Government has indicated its broad support for the aims of the proposal.