Cultural Education Partnerships

A New Direction supports Local Cultural Education Partnerships in London

The national, Arts Council driven Cultural Education Challenge asks art and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a joined-up art and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural education through Cultural Education Partnerships.

By 2020, the Arts Council aims to establish at least 50 Cultural Education Partnerships nationally, to improve the alignment of cultural education for young people, in places where this is most needed. They will be modelled on the three successful pilots of local Cultural Education Partnerships in Great Yarmouth, Bristol and Barking & Dagenham.

A New Direction supports Cultural Education Partnerships across London - find out more about some of them below.

Please note: many of the partnerships are newly established, and we are working towards bringing you more information as their work develops.

How can we support your Cultural Education Partnership?

A New Direction can offer support for Cultural Education Partnerships in a number of different ways. We’re keen to offer support that is right for your programme and situation, so please do get in touch with us to talk about how we might best be able to help.

We can offer the following to all Cultural Education Partnerships in London:

  • 1:1 meetings with our team to discuss your ideas and ambitions
  • Attendance by a member of the A New Direction team at your CEP meetings - to introduce, for example, the CEP concept, or share data and context. You can find examples of the data we hold in our Place Strategy
  • Connected Network attendance: opportunities to meet others working within Cultural Education Partnerships and hear case studies about ‘place-based’ partnership work
  • The Connected Lab: peer learning opportunities with a specific focus in local partnership working for cultural education
  • An introduction to our Powerful Partnerships Resource Library: a collection of tools, resources and case studies we’ve found useful in this work, and that your partnership can use in its development
  • Specific advice about how Artsmark can support your partnership’s ambitions and connections with schools
  • Ideas for how Arts Award can support accreditation for young people involved with your work

A New Direction also support some Cultural Education Partnerships through Challenge London, our partnership investment programme.

If you are not currently involved in a Cultural Education Partnership but are interested in developing one, joining our Connected Network is a good starting point.