Acting on ambitious plans of programme development, 2016/17 has been our most successful year on record.

Through the development of new programmes, continued support of existing schemes and undertaking market research, 2016/17 was full of notable achievements.

Take it away

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Take it away and to date the programme has given over 88,000 people the opportunity to purchase more than £61 million worth of musical instruments. Take it away remains incredibly important for introducing children and young people to music. Here’s how Take it away performed in 2016/17:


Loans processed


Loans & lessons worth


Customers earn less than £25,000pa


Would recommend Take it away

Own Art

Since 2004 Own Art has helped people nationwide purchase over 47,000 pieces of contemporary art and craft worth more than £39 million! Own Art supports galleries and individual artists by introducing young and first-time buyers to art collecting. Here’s how Own Art performed in 2016/17:


100% would use Own Art again


Loans processed


Loans worth just under


Customers are aged under 35


Agree Own Art is important to their business

Creative Industry Finance

Supporting the growth and development of cultural and creative enterprises, Creative Industry Finance provided access to business advice and financing. In 2016/17 Creative Industry Finance supported 111 additional businesses of which 54% were based outside London. The programme came to an end in March 2017.


Worth of successful loan applications


Businesses gained increased confidence in skills


Came away with an improved business plan

Research and Insights

In July 2016 we published ‘Making Space: Developing and Sustaining Affordable Artists’ Studios and Creative Workspaces‘. Funded by Arts Council England and Mayor of London’s office, this report helped build our network across the sector and received coverage by several sector publications.

The goal of this research initiative was to investigate the existing workspace provisions in the UK documenting ongoing challenges and identifying the emergence of potential new funding models.

We worked with over 75 organisations ranging from studio providers, local authorities, art agencies, property developers, higher education and finance businesses.

Read the executive summary here

To request a copy of the full report please email


2016/2017 has been a successful year for both our consumer credit and business support programmes. This success will allow us to further deliver on our mission of supporting economic growth and social impact of the UK’s arts, cultural and creative industries in the new year.


Customers supported through Own Art & Take it away


Business supported across the UK


Own Art & Take it away customers live outside London


Would use Own Art or Take it away again


Businesses supported operate outside of London

During the 2017/18 financial year, Own Art and Take it away will cross a notable milestone cumulatively delivering £100 million worth of art and musical instruments to 100,000 customers across the UK. This represents a return of £10 for every £1 of public investment since the Own Art and Take it away programmes first launched.