Arts & Culture

Arts and culture benefit everyone economically, socially and educationally. Public funding is vital to support this incredible national resource.

Culture plays an intrinsic role in enriching the lives of the next generation through education. It yields benefits for society, including protecting our health and wellbeing and promoting social inclusion.

Arts and culture represent excellent value for money:

  • Public investment in the arts is currently equivalent to 0.1% of total government spending
  • Arts and culture are worth over £7 billion to our economy
  • For every £1 of public funding, £5 of tax is contributed by the arts and culture industry
  • Arts and culture incubate talent, providing more than one in 20 jobs in the UK.

Arts Council England

The support of Arts Council England allows the Serpentine Galleries to maintain free admission to its exhibitions, architecture, education, live, and digital programmes.

The Serpentine receives 11% of its annual operating income from Arts Council England, and raises the balance from a range of corporate supporters, private donors, charitable trusts, and earned income.

Family Weekend Dear Friends 2016 Photograph Manuela Barczewski