Become a New Talent Fellow in Immersion

Interested in ideas, experiences and technologies to do with immersion, but just starting out or changing your career? Apply to take part in a ten-month, flexible programme with a £15,000 bursary for New Talent to develop ideas and leadership roles in the...

Creativity vs. the Robots

For some, 21st century technical advances are the great leap forwards, bringing the undoubted benefits of reliability, availability and increased productivity. For others, there is a concern: in the automated, robotic future; what happens to the humans?...

Wheal Martyn Offers Summer Volunteering Opportunities in St Austell

Wheal Martyn, home to the UK’s only china clay mining museum, are looking to get more young people involved in their activities and projects this summer. With a soon-to-be created exhibition and activity space, there will lots of fantastic new volunteering...

Bristol in the running for Channel 4 Creative Hub

Bristol has been named as one of three cities in the running for a Channel 4 creative hub. The city was on the initial shortlist revealed in May. Since then, the second stage of the pitch process has taken place which involved teams from Channel 4,...

Cultural Services Apprenticeship

An exciting and varied apprenticeship opportunity has become available in the Cultural Services team, supporting the delivery and promotion of the Bradley Stoke Library service.

WHY? Festival

Can you help Dorset's WHY? Festival? B-side in Dorset are currently running a project called ‘WHY? Festival’ - it’s a festival based all around the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child. The festival is produced and programmed by a group of five 17 -...

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

RIO are leaders 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.

We are now accepting applications for the South West Challenge Fund 18-19

Since the Challenge Fund started in 2014, it has supported 49 organisations to successfully lever £1.5million from a wide range of new sources, many of which have continued to invest in work across the SW region.

We are looking for imaginative proposals that push boundaries and lead to new ways of working that can be applied more widely. We expect each investment opportunity to be different and will work with the successful organisations on an ongoing basis, supporting them to develop more detailed plans.

Interested in applying? Click here.

Sign up for RIO's Cultural Education Email Newsletter

RIO’s Bridge Bulletin is a quarterly update on everything we’re doing to support education, arts and cultural organisations as well as young people in the South West.

If you’ve got a story to share with the sector or want to suggest features for the next Bridge Bulletin get in touch so we can share your success.


Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding. That’s why Artsmark was created: to bring this ambition to life in every classroom.

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From arts, culture and education sector stories to case studies of innovative practice, plus blogs from our Cultural Education team, you’ll find the latest news and views from the world of culture and education right here.

Support & Development

Our in-depth programmes of support offer expert consultancy support across a range of areas including cultural education innovation, impact and sustainability to innovation around Arts Award and Artsmark.