Why the arts matter...

The next few months are a crucial time for the arts. There’s a vital case to be made to secure the best deal for the arts, and we all have an important role to play.


In particular we feel that there is a critical role for the Turning Point Network to play in amplifying a strong united voice for the visual arts.

As we make our case for why the arts matter and the importance of public funding of the arts some key messages, facts and figures have been produced to support our conversations.

Why the arts matter facts include:


  • the arts budget is tiny – it costs 17p a week per person
  • the arts are popular – 76% of English adults engaged in the arts in the last 12 months
  • the creative industries are essential to our economy and accounted for £59.9m or 6.2% of UK Gross Value Added in 2007


It is hoped that organizations and individuals will add their own contributions to this evidence base. The facts will be updated as more information becomes available.

Please visit the Why the arts matter pages of the Arts Council England website today, and help us to make the strongest case possible for the arts.

If you haven't already, please take part in the Achieving great art for everyone consultation today and share your thoughts on the priorities for the arts.

Please also see the previous post about about a national advocacy campaign being led by Visual Arts London.