Connected London projects 2012-2015

A New Direction's support for local collaborations and partnerships in London.

Connected tests the notion that as existing or 'traditional' routes for funding change or disappear, new opportunities for cultural education activity could emerge through new types of partnership, collaboration and innovation.

We aim to support the development of cost-effective partnerships in London boroughs, which support and enable high quality local cultural education opportunities for all London’s children and young people.

London is a complex city with varying levels of cultural infrastructure and a diverse range of needs. There is no 'one size fits all' for London, and so this programme explores different approaches to local partnership building on existing success and testing new ideas.

About the programme

Place-based support

Between 2012 and 2015, AND worked in partnership with the Innovation Unit and partners in 10 London boroughs to test and experiment with the process of constructing a local partnership.

Our current Connected programme builds on this action research and over the next three years AND will support a number of places in London to establish strong needs-led local cultural education partnerships.

We work with places in a number of different ways including:

  • 1 to 1 advice for partners or groups of organisations interested in constructing a local cultural education partnership
  • Participation in working and steering groups for partnership programmes
  • Sharing information about existing partnership structures in London, and models or principles for this work from the UK and internationally.


Connected Network

AND runs a network of organisations either already involved in a local partnership or interested in this agenda. If you’d be interested in joino this group, please email, Corinne Bass

Guide for area leaders

Through our work with the Innovation Unit, AND have developed a guide for area leaders looking to connect young Londoners to exciting cultural opportunities. The guide identifies 6 approaches which any place can adopt.

Download Connected London guide

If you’re interested in building a cultural education partnership in your area of London, or keen to find out more about the Connected London programme, please email Corinne Bass.

Follow the conversation on Twitter via: #ConnectedLondon


We also have a fantastic range of blogs which reflect the experiences and learning from some of the boroughs involved in the programme.