ACE’s priority places for 2030

Arts Council England has announced 54 places across England as part of its latest ten year delivery plan to implement its Let’s Create strategy, published today.

“By 2030 England will be a country in which the creativity of each individual is valued and given the chance to flourish” says the plan “and where everyone has access to a remarkable range of high-quality cultural experiences”, highlighting where there are opportunities for investment, collaboration and progress.

With five locations in London, 13 in the Midlands, 16 in the North, 10 in the South East and 11 in the South West, the list includes Croydon, Mansfield, Tees Valley (pictured), Great Yarmouth and the Isle of Wight the strategy further shifts ACE's emphasis away from London.

“This comes at a vital time as the country continues its economic recovery following the effects of the coronavirus” said Tees Valley’s mayor Ben Houchen. “Not only will this support help to promote and develop more high-quality experiences to give people things to look forward to after what has been a couple of incredibly difficult years, it will also directly boost the creative industries.

“On top of this, brilliant businesses in our towns and high streets will benefit, as more people get out and about to check them out, in turn spending their cash in shops, restaurants and bars once again.” 

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