Cultural Education in Bristol and the west of England

South Gloucestershire falls under the well-established Bristol 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, including South Gloucestershire, reflecting the fact that young people, cultural organisations and schools move fluidly across these boundaries.

The partnership meets quarterly and it functions network and collective. The meetings are open to anyone interested in this area of work and they are a great place to make connections and find partners. The partnership is also carrying out a range of strategic projects and longer term pieces of work, focusing on areas including research, curriculum development, diversity and pathways into the cultural and creative industries for young people experiencing disadvantage. Each of these is driven by task-andfinish sub-groups led by individual members.

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 South Gloucestershire. This snapshot will help anyone interested in cultural education in South Gloucestershire 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 South Gloucestershire

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.

We don’t have any scheduled events in South Gloucestershire right now.

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 South Gloucestershire is South Gloucestershire Council.

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

For a full list of Arts Award centres in South Gloucestershire, click here.

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

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

South Gloucestershire 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

Nicholas Clitheroe
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08458 621288