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Welcome to the North.

The North is well known for its cultural heritage. It has world-class collections and architecture and is home to some of England’s most exciting and ambitious art and cultural organisations.

Our investment

Encompassing the North East, North West and Yorkshire, the North is home to 186 National Portfolio Organisations and eight Major Partner Museums, including three Bridge organisations. Total investment in these programmes for 2015–18 stands at £239.8 million.

We also invest in artists and art organisations in the North through Grants for the Arts, our open-access funding programme for art activities.

Meet our North Area Council

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Our investment at work: North case studies

Latest news from the North

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What's mine is yours

As Hull enters its one hundredth day as UK City of Culture, Pete Stones tells us how it feels when the world is watching the place you call home.

Two women wearing black ovecoats looking at the camera and laughing one with a hand on the others shoulder

Visible Girls

Visible Girls: Photography project given new life with the help of our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme

Ambition for Excellence

Four projects across the country will receive more than £2.3 million from our latest round of Ambition for Excellence

A large group of people sat on the ground or in deck chairs in front of the bandstand on the beach. The sea is in the background and a few clouds sit in the blue sky

To the beach

This new network of local authorities and cultural organisations is helping to take great art and culture to people living in coastal communities around England.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. New Vic Theatre, All Our Daughters. Photo © Andrew Billington 2. No Credit Displaying 3. East by North East - Gem Arts youth music project. Photo © Colin Davison 4. Liverpool Library on National Libraries Day 2016 © Graham Lucas Commons 5. Back to Ours launch 6. Liverpool Presents Sgt. Pepper at 50 7. Charmine and Janice. Visible Girls. Image © Anita Corbin. 8. Ablaze, Hide the Shark. Image © Toby Farrow. 9. Aldeburgh Festival Bandstand on the Beach. © Aldeburgh Festival 10. Sampad South Asian Arts perform at the Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender. 11. The Sultan's Elephant, Royal de Luxe, 2006. Produced by Artichoke in London. Photo © Sophie Laslett 12. Bestival Carnivale, 2015. Image © Tom Martin. 13. Hofesh Schecter rehearsal at UDance. Photo © Brian Slater. 14. Dot, Squiggle and Rest at Polka Theatre with Royal Opera House. Photo © Robert Workman / Polka Theatre.