Creative People and Places


Infographic of audience development through Creative People and Places

More people in England have been able to experience and enjoy the arts thanks to CPP projects like First Art. But we’re not resting on our laurels © Creative People and Places

We’re proud to be part of the Creative People and Places (CPP) network.


Funded by Arts Council England, Creative People and Places is about more people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live.

There’s a lot of love for CPP and we’re one 39 independent projects based in areas where there are fewer opportunities to get involved with the arts.

89% of our audience come from neighbourhoods with low and medium levels of arts engagement. Along with our fellow CPP’s, we’re on a mission to change that.

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Infographic with audience information

10 Years of Creative People and Places

2023 marks 10 years of the Creative People and Places programme.

Since its launch in 2012, £108 million has been invested nationally in the programme. In that time, Creative People and Places projects have empowered communities across the country to take the lead in deciding what creative activities they want and need.

The projects have a wide-ranging, positive impact on individuals and communities in parts of the country where involvement in arts and culture is significantly below the national average. There have been over 10 million engagements with the programme – 86% of which are from groups with low to medium engagement with arts and culture.

From 2022 – 2025, Arts Council England is investing £38.3 million in Creative People and Places through National Lottery funding, so more communities can choose the creativity and culture on offer in their local area.

Arts Council England is committed to supporting Creative People and Places projects in helping ‘everyone, everywhere’ enjoy creativity and culture as part of the Let’s Create strategy.