Cultural Education in Bristol and the west of England

Bristol has a well-established Cultural Education Partnership BCEP. It was one of the first three partnerships in the country, established as part of ACE’s initial piloting of this initiative. At the moment the partnership is coordinated and hosted by Arts Council England, and if schools or cultural organisations would like to be added to the mailing list and come along to the quarterly meetings they can contact Simon Jutton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BCEP has over 60 members, drawn from all parts of Bristol’s rich and diverse cultural education sector, including heritage, schools, libraries, music and arts. BCEP is also open to partners from beyond the immediate Bristol local authority area, reflecting the fact that young people, cultural organisations and schools move fluidly across these boundaries.

Bristol CEP continues to meet quarterly and is open to all. It maintains its role as a place to make connections, network and instigate partnership working. The partnership is also carrying out a range of strategic projects and longer term pieces of work, focusing on areas including research, curriculum development, advocacy, diversity and pathways into the cultural and creative industries for young people experiencing disadvantage. Work is driven by task-and-finish sub-groups. We continue to attend every meeting, offering support in any way that we can to the activities being undertaken and to project leads, and we are also centrally involved in several of the key projects that have resulted, for example the Institute, working with UWE, KWMC and other partners.

As Bridge organisation for the south west we have compiled a range of infographics drawing together data from ACE and from government to give an overview of cultural education in Bristol. This snapshot will help anyone interested in cultural education in Bristol have a greater understanding of the context for children and young people in this locality. The data may also help with bid writing and comparing with other localities as well as for identifying priorities in each area. We’ll be reviewing these quarterly and will update them with any new figures that are available.

Click here to download the infographic for Bristol

There are some really interesting tools and data sets which are freely available – including the Arts Council’s ‘cultural education data toolkit’ – along with a range of other databases focussed on cost of interventions for children and young people, disadvantage, health and education. You can take a look at these resources using the links below.

Briefings and training events

We run a range of briefing and training events throughout the year, designed to support anyone in the south west working with young people around arts and culture.

There are currently no Bridge training or briefings taking place in Bristol.

If you’d like to request a bespoke briefing or training session, subsidised by Arts Council England, please click here

Cultural organisations (including NPOs)

If you’re a cultural organisation and would like to be included in this listing please click here to upload your details

The Music Education Hub for Bristol is Bristol Plays Music

For a full list of Arts Award supporters in Bristol, click here

For a full list of Arts Award centres in Bristol, click here

The Museum Development Officer in Bristol is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Bristol Museum Partnership are led by Bristol Museums

The ASCEL (public libraries) representative in Bristol is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bristol supports the Creative Skills Initiative

Schools and Artsmark

To find details of all the schools in this Local Education Authority area please click here.

Artsmark is relaunching in Autumn 2015 with a brand new programme, which you can find out more about here.

You can sign up to our dedicated Artsmark newsletter to receive regular updates about Artsmark here.

Case studies and latest news

Key contacts and partners

Matt Little
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08458 621288