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arts organisations

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A-n The Artists Information Company

a-n is the largest artists’ membership organisation in the UK with over 23,000 members. We support artists and those who work with them in many practical ways, acting on behalf of our membership and the visual arts sector to improve artists’ livelihoods.

ACID - Anti Copying in Design

ACID is the UK’s leading design and intellectual property campaigning organisation. We are a forward thinking trade association for designers and manufacturers; a not-for-profit organisation funded by membership fees.


ARTS THREAD is the leading digital platform for emerging artists and designers a launchpad for the next generation of creative talent representing 300,000 students in more than 100 countries from over 760 design schools.

ArtWorks Alliance

We are a group of organisations and individuals with a passion for participatory arts and an understanding that working together to strengthen support for those working in the field will bring benefits for everyone involved.

Artists’ Union England

Artists’ Union England is the collective voice of artists living and working in England.


Artquest uses research about visual artists working conditions, career barriers, and motivations to develop the professional information, advice and projects that they need.

Arts Catalyst

Arts Catalyst is a nonprofit contemporary arts organisation that commissions and produces transdisciplinary art and research. We activate new ideas, conversations and transformative experiences across science and culture, engaging people in a dynamic response to our changing world.

Arts Council England

We champion, develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. We support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Arts for Rutland

Arts for Rutland is a Registered Charity committed to leading, promoting and supporting the arts in Rutland. It consists of a small volunteer committee that aims to be representative of the county’s arts organisations and various creative disciplines.


Founded in 2000, ArtsHub has been one of the arts industry’s leading online portal, providing its strong and loyal subscriber base with the latest industry news and jobs.


Artsadmin enables artists to create without boundaries, producing bold, interdisciplinary work to share with local, national and international audiences. The advisory service supports artists at every stage of their development with free advice and opportunities.


An independent charity, we are committed to providing a platform to support [artists] and profile what they do. Through a determination to create the space [artists] need, our programme comprises a range of activities.

Be Smart About Art

Be Smart About Art is a professional development organisation that helps artists, gallerists and other creative professionals thrive in a changing world.

Charnwood Arts

Charnwood Arts is an independent community arts and media organisation based in the Borough of Charnwood in the East Midlands of Britain.

Contemporary Visual Arts Network

Our Mission is to strengthen and develop the contemporary visual arts sector in England through collegiate working defined locally and nationally, using the network as a platform to do so.

Creative & Cultural Skills

Creative & Cultural Skills gives young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries. We are an independent charity that provides careers advice and guidance, promotes apprenticeships, and delivers activities for young people through our National Skills Academy network of industry and education supporters.

Creative IP

Creative IP is designed for anyone studying in the creative disciplines. We aim to make intellectual property law accessible to all via blogs posts, interviews, case studies and useful tools and resources.

Creative United

Creative United supports the arts, cultural and creative industries through innovative business growth programmes and membership schemes.


CuratorSpace is a project management toolkit for curators, organisers, galleries, and artists. It is designed to take the hassle out of managing exhibitions, competitions, fairs, and a whole lot more.

DACS - The Design and Artists Copyright Society

Established by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation.

Design Nation

Future thinking for design and craft. A portfolio of UK-based makers and designers for innovation & collaboration

Disability Arts Online

We are an organisation led by disabled people, set up to advance disability arts and culture through the pages of our journal. Our raison d’être is to support disabled artists, as much as anything by getting the word out about the fantastic art being produced by artists within the sector.

Jerwood Foundation

Jerwood is a family of registered charities and not-for-profit organisations; Jerwood Foundation, Jerwood Arts and Jerwood Space; united in their commitment to support, nurture and rewarrd excellence and dedication in the visual and performing arts.


LUX is an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices and the ideas that surround them.

Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub

Over 70 years experience of delivering high quality music education to schools, young people and their families in Leicester and Leicestershire

Mantle Arts

Mantle is a participatory arts organisation. We specialise in public art projects, festivals and events, work with health groups, projects with young people and small scale publishing.

New Contemporaries

New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice from the UK's established and alternative art programmes.


Pedestrian is an arts education charity based in the heart of Leicester's bustling city centre. We believe that with the right levels of support and timely intervention everyone can achieve their goals, we call this work 'Pioneering Potential’.

Printmakers Council

The Printmakers Council is an artist run, non-profit making organization the objectives of which are to promote the use of both traditional and innovative printmaking techniques.


ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK's screen-based creative industries - animation, film, games, television including children's TV and high-end drama, VFX and immersive technology.


Serendipity is an internationally connected social enterprise that actively changes the UK artistic and cultural landscape with an innovative and inspiring high-quality programme. Serendipity fosters innovative new work from artists, both emerging and established, bringing diversity to the forefront of cultural experiences for all.

Soft Touch Arts

An award winning Leicestershire charity, established in 1986, we use arts, media and music activities to make positive life changes for disadvantaged young people by supporting them to develop creative, social and employability skills.

Spark Arts

The Spark gives children opportunities to immerse themselves in the arts by experiencing a wide range of high quality work that inspires, empowers and educates.

The AOI: The Association of Illustrators

The Association of Illustrators is the professional body for illustration in the UK. Established in 1973, the AOI champions illustrators and the illustration industry with education, promotion and campaigning to achieve a thriving industry for us all.

The Crafts Council

The Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary craft.

The Mighty Creatives

We are a charity with a mission for every child and young person to have access to great arts, culture and education.

The Royal Society of Sculptors

The Royal Society of Sculptors is an artist led, membership organisation. We support and connect sculptors throughout their careers and lead the conversation about sculpture today through exhibitions and events for all.

UK New Artists

UK New Artists champions the next generation of creativity, supporting collaboration and intercultural dialogue, ensuring a vibrant and diverse creative future for the UK. We develop artists’ practice through cross art form opportunities and celebrate creativity at national & international biennials.

Voluntary Arts England

Voluntary Arts England is the national development agency for creative participation. We're passionate about getting people involved creative cultural activities in their community.

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