At Sky we believe that the arts are for everyone. Sky Arts brings art and culture alive for us all and its now available for everyone to enjoy for free.
As part of our mission to increase access to and participation in the arts, we’re excited to open the doors to the arts for everyone by taking Sky Arts free-to-air for the first time.
Arts and culture are the beating heat of our country and our economy, and since 2006 Sky Arts has proudly been the UK’s only channel dedicated exclusively to arts and culture. We have delighted audiences with wonders from opera to spoken word, street art to dance and photography to portraiture.
These are tough times for the arts, so we are broadcasting a bold new slate of original programmes on Sky Arts including; Rankin 2020 the acclaimed photographer’s mass-participation project; returning favourite Portrait Artist of the Year and its successful spin off Portrait Artist of the Week; the English National Opera’s world-first exclusive broadcast of La Boheme in Drive & Live and much more.
By making the channel available for everyone to enjoy for free, we aim to put artists and creatives centre stage.
Partnership is essential to our mission. We want Sky Arts to be a strong voice that works with arts organisations and cultural institutions of all shapes and sizes across the UK. We want to deepen our partnerships across the industry, not just during these challenging times but long into the future to help develop new ideas, reach new audiences and discover a diverse new generation of talent. That’s why we’ve launched a series of Sky Arts bursaries worth £30,000 each, that will see leading figures from the arts support and mentor diverse and emerging new artists.
There has never been a more important time to champion and celebrate the arts. As a creative business we know the value of a thriving cultural economy. The arts not only enrich our lives and improve our health and mental well-being but the creative industries contribute nearly £112bn to the economy.
As the arts sector works so hard to come through this current crisis, we hope that as a free-to-air channel Sky Arts can provide a platform to champion artistic talent, support the creative and cultural industries, and drive accessibility and participation nationwide. Sky Arts will offer hundreds of hours of high-quality content free to everyone, and like our free for everyone news channel, Sky News, Sky Arts will provide an important public service.