Arts and creativity making change

Graeae Theatre

We believe culture and creativity can be a powerful force for making change.

We are focusing our support on two ways in which culture and creativity can build a fairer future:

  • Creating a cultural workforce that is more reflective of UK society, by enabling more people to progress in their career in the arts who identify as D/deaf, disabled or neurodiverse, are from communities experiencing racial inequity, or who are economically disadvantaged.
  • Supporting young people to build their own creative lives and to use arts and creativity to influence the world around them.

What we want to achieve

Impact goals
  • Improved systems, policy and practice
  • Organisations are strengthened to use their power to tackle systemic injustice and inequity
  • Organisations work together and build movements to tackle systemic injustice and inequity
Long-term outcomes
  • A representative cultural workforce led by a new and diverse generation of cultural leaders.
  • Youth-led culture and creativity enhances young people’s lives, and enables them to influence change in their communities or wider society.

Please note: we are changing how we fund youth-led culture and creativity and will be closing to applications for work towards this outcome at 5pm on 10 November 2023. We will share details about the new funding programme in February 2024.

If you are interested in applying for funding towards our outcome for a representative cultural workforce led by a new and diverse generation of cultural leaders, please see our guidance for support. You can also watch our Q&A webinar on our Arts and creativity making change priority.

Unlocking change



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