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Our aim is to work with the Secretary of State's four overriding priorities (Children and Young People, Communities, the Economy and Delivery) to improve the quality of life through the arts. We aim to:
  • broaden access for all to a rich and varied artistic and cultural life
  • ensure that the artistic activity we fund aspires to be world class in terms of standards and innovation
  • ensure that everyone has the opportunity to develop artistic talent and to achieve excellence in the arts
  • develop the educational potential of all the nation's artistic and cultural resources
  • raise standards of artistic and cultural education and training
  • ensure an adequate skills supply for the arts and cultural sectors
  • reduce the number of those that feel excluded from society by using the arts
  • to carry out our work using best management practice and reflecting and using the diversity of those who work here and those with whom we work outside the department


Estelle Morris welcomes the appointment of Tom Bewick as Chief Executive of Creative and Cultural Industries Limited, the Sector Skills Council in Development for the Arts, Music, Crafts, Design, Museums and Cultural Heritage. [19 July 2004]

Arts Minister Estelle Morris has placed a temporary export bar on a painting by Hans Memling, Portrait of a Man in a Black Cap.  [6 July 2004]

'Places to live must be living places': Tessa Jowell sets out vision for successful cultural regeneration. Consultation Paper: Culture at the Heart of Regeneration. [30 June 2004]

Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has published the hard evidence of how the arts and culture can help rebuild broken communities, and create lasting new ones. [30 June 2004]

Estelle Morris, Minister for the Arts, has placed a temporary export bar on a painting by Jan Steen entitled The Burgher of Delft and His Daughter, c.1655. [25 May]

A small and extremely rare silver coin bearing an as yet un-deciphered inscription has been temporarily barred from export by Arts Minister, Estelle Morris. [25 May]

An exciting new arts project has been announced by Arts Minister Estelle Morris. It will give people with mental health issues a chance to express their responses to the Arts and give an insight to all of us about a variety of mental states. [17 May 2004]

Government and the Value of Culture - Personal essay by Tessa Jowell.  [4 May 2004]


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Arts Council England is providing annual funding to over 1200 regularly funded organisations.
Arts Council England has allocated 25 million for awards to individual artists.