Cornwall Circus and Performing Arts Camp

Cornwall Circus and Performing Arts Camp 2021 will take place on 18th-22nd and 26th-30th August at Chyan Farm, near Falmouth.   This performing arts festival will be full of exciting events such as a Big Top, Circus, Dance and Vocal Workshops, Top Tutors, Focused...

The Big Education Conversation is Live!

The Big Education Conversation is a national campaign to get people talking about what education should really be for and how it could change for the future. Everyone needs to have their say. Add your voice and get involved at and on...

The Crafts Council Launches Craft School- Yinka’s Challenge!

The Crafts Council is delighted to announce the launch of its new educational programme Craft School: Yinka's Challenge! Over the course of the next year they will be working with Primary and Secondary schools to pilot a new programme of craft learning in the...

Help Kids Rediscover Summer

Are you a cultural organisation planning activities for children and young people this summer and would like your activities amplified in a national campaign? The DCMS want to hear from you! To ensure children and young people can make the most of the summer holidays,...

Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation Opportunities

Trinity Laban's Learning & Participation department are currently offering several unique professional development opportunities for musicians of any genre or ability.    The Teaching Musician is a postgraduate programme developed to support and recognise the...

Book Your Place for the Climate and Creativity Conference

“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” David Attenborough This year's Creativity Explores combined Arts Conference for primary schools takes place on 16th June 2021, 4pm-6.15pm via Zoom. It is...

Real Ideas supports organisations all across the South West to deliver excellent cultural education for children and young people.

Real Ideas is a leader in Cultural Education. As the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for the South West of England we work with schools, youth settings and cultural organisations to connect young people with great art and culture.

Our comprehensive suite of support is offered at three levels – information and advice, training and CPD, and in depth consultancy – all subsidised by Arts Council England.

As Bridge Organisation we can provide specialist support to organisations around the Arts Award and Artsmark, to help embed the Arts Council’s Quality Principles and to develop Cultural Education Plans.

We also help deliver the Arts Council’s Cultural Education Challenge through supporting the development of Cultural Education Partnerships in the areas where we work.

Explore this site for more on our Bridge offer and contact us to talk about how we can support you in delivering excellent cultural education for young people in the region.

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