Anarchy Arts Youth Project: Learn the Art of Events Management!

Anarchy Arts is a unique creative arts project offering young people open access to the arts, arts education and local artists. The project is designed to support 16 - 21 year olds residing in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole who are NEET or economically...

Daisi is Seeking New Young Trustees!

Daisi is an arts education charity. Working throughout Devon, Torbay (and beyond), they create and promote inspiring creative and cultural experiences which enable more children and young people to access and enjoy the transformative and inclusive power of the arts...

National Children’s Carnival Week

Celebrate National Children's Carnival Week- 12th-18th July 2021 Mahogany Carnival Arts is working with the UK Centre for Carnival Arts to realise the dream of having all children in the UK celebrate carnival together in their schools. Carnival artists are putting...

Crafts Council: Free CPD for Teachers of Art, Craft and Design!

Are you a teacher of Art, Craft or Design?  Join the Crafts Council and craft makers Fleur Winter, Sarah Drew, Jenny Ayrton and Angie Parker on Wednesday 28th April from 3.30-5.30pm for a hands-on digital continual professional development (CPD) session. As the...

National Youth Folk Ensemble Sampler Day

Are you aged 12 to 18? Can you play an instrument confidently? Would you like to play by ear, develop your creativity and have the opportunity to audition to join the National Youth Folk Ensemble? Sign up for a free online Sampler Day!  Each Sampler Day features:...

Create Gloucestershire: Creative Catalysts Wanted

Create Gloucestershire are recruiting 2 new Creative Catalysts to support Create Local, a key strategy in their mission to unlock more resources, time and assets for arts, culture, and creativity across Gloucestershire. Create Local is a generational change programme....

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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