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ACE reveals new structure

Arts Council England has announced the detail of its new structure following the Government’s requirement to reduce administrative costs by 31 March 2015.  The new structure has been guided by a principle of remaining one national organisation with local presence and continuing to deliver the strategic goals of Achieving great art for everyone and Culture, knowledge and understanding: great museums and libraries for everyone. 

The organisation will lose 117.5 posts and whilst trying to protect relationship management and artistic and cultural expertise the Arts Council acknowledge that they will have to do less and work differently. 

Key changes include:

  • an overall reduction in staff numbers across the organisation of 21 per cent from 559.5 full time posts to 442 (117.5 posts)
  • four Executive Directors, reducing from eight, accountable for delivering the Arts Council’s overall strategy with the Chief Executive
  • leadership of artform and cultural policy expertise distributed geographically across the organisation – everyone will have a local and national focus
  • property costs will come down by 50 per cent through reductions in the size of offices
  • major offices will be located in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol, plus some smaller local offices to keep the Arts Council close to the arts and cultural sector, and to local government
  • five areas covering London, the South East, the South West, the Midlands and the North replace the Arts Council’s current regions and areas

The transition to the new structure will take place over three phases:

  • From now until December 2012: as many appointments as possible to Director roles 
  • From January 2013 to March 2013: new Executive Board and wider leadership group making further appointments to the new structure
  • From April 2013: external and internal recruitment to vacant posts

 The new organisation will be in place by 1 July 2013. There may be changes to office arrangements and locations for some months after this. Full details of the new structure can be found here: