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Arts Council England

We believe that great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

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.

Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

We value skills

Many of us are artists or have worked in arts and culture. But many others aren’t – and that’s not a problem. We employ passionate and creative people with expertise in different fields, whether that’s arts and culture, finance, digital technology, HR or another area.

What works for you works for us

We know that the added extras are important. We offer flexible working to help you balance work and home life – including working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements. We also work smartly, with portable technology allowing you to stay connected anywhere and a commitment to less time spent travelling and in meetings.

We love that we're all different

We employ more than 500 people in nine offices across England. We believe that our staff should represent the communities, organisations and individuals that we work with and support. We want people from all walks of life to contribute to our work and share their experience, expertise and passion.

We value your learning

We believe in developing your skills and talents – and we promise we’ll continue to invest in your learning and professional development. This includes covering the cost of qualifications, in-house and external training, conferences, e-learning and more.

Employee Diversity

We believe that England’s rich and varied cultural identity can and should be reflected through the arts, increasing understanding and enhancing lives.

It’s important that our staff reflect the communities we serve - having access to a variety of personalities, skills and outlooks enables us to truly represent England’s cultural identity.

Our commitment to diversity is reflected in our attitude towards our employees. We’ll respect you as an individual, with fair policies and practices designed to include everyone’s perspective and expertise. We are a Disability Confident Employer and our commitment to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trasngender employees is reflected in our role as one of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions. We are also a member of Working Forward, which supports pregnant women and parents in the workplace.


Benefits of working for the Arts Council:

We offer a number of formal and informal benefits to all our staff, including:

Annual leave: 25 days, plus bank holidays and an additional three days leave at Christmas. All staff also earn one additional leave day per full year of service (up to five days) and we offer a scheme to buy and sell annual leave. We offer generous sick pay, paid maternity, paternity and adoptive parental leave, as well as up to five days a year for personal and religious reasons.

Confidential support: Impartial external advice and support on personal, legal, financial and management issues.

Flexible working: Where possible, we accommodate working from home, compressed or part-time hours, job shares and other arrangements to help you balance work and home life. We encourage individuals and teams to work flexibly and smartly, providing portable devices and technology so they can work and stay in touch while at home, travelling or otherwise out of the office.

Learning & development: ​We invest in the growth and development of all our staff, including professional qualifications, in-house and external training courses, conferences, e-learning and more. We encourage individuals and teams to keep learning and developing - as a gold standard Investor in People, we provide flexible and adaptable learning and development opportunities for staff at all levels.

Pension scheme and life assurance: The Arts Council retirement plan is a final salary scheme with contributions on a sliding scale. All staff members are automatically provided with life assurance cover. Find out more >

Relocation support: Newly appointed staff who need to move residence are eligible to apply for up to £5,000 support.

Shopping discounts: Exclusive savings on high street and online shops, holidays, cinema tickets, gym membership, dining out and more.

Ticket fund: Claim money towards the cost of tickets for Arts Council-funded events.

Travel loans: Interest-free loans for travel season tickets, as well as bicycle, car and motorbike loans for those who regularly use them for commuting.