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About Voluntary Arts

Voluntary Arts works to promote and increase active participation in cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Over half the UK adult population is involved in the voluntary arts and crafts (cultural activity that people undertake for self-improvement, social networking and leisure, but not primarily for payment). Those activities are wide-ranging and include music, dance, crafts, drama, literature, visual arts, festivals and much more.

We work with policy makers, funders and politicians to improve the environment for everyone participating in the arts, and we provide information and training to the many thousands of groups and individuals who participate in the voluntary arts sector. This includes over 300 national and regional umbrella bodies, and through them, their member groups of local voluntary arts practitioners.

Voluntary Arts recognises that the arts are a key part of our culture and are vital to our health, social and economic development.

More information about Voluntary Arts can be found in our ‘Governance Handbook’ and appendices  and our Memorandum of Association | Articles of Association

Voluntary Arts is the operating name of The Voluntary Arts Network (VAN) which is registered in Scotland as Company No. 139147 and Charity No. SC020345. Registered Office: 54 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EH, Scotland, UK.