BFI Film Academy Residential Programme 2019

The BFI Film Academy Residential Programme 2019 is now open for applications!The courses which will be run during the February 2019 half-term include; animation, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking  and animation and VFX. The Craft Skills residential...

Ashburton Questingle

This Sunday, head to the Bank Youth Project for Play Torbay’s ‘Ashburton Questingle’ event – an outdoor mystery and story quest for all the family!

‘For Remembrance Day, Celebrate Creativity in Schools’

Pupils need creativity skills more than ever, says Professor Bill Lucas in a TES article as he highlights a Remembrance Day project.

The National Creative Learning Awards Are Now Open

Nominations for the National Creative Learning Awards are now open, the charity The Creative Learning Guild have announced.

Bristol to Host Channel 4 Regional Hub

Bristol is to host one of two new Channel 4 Creative Hubs alongside Glasgow, while Leeds will be home to the channel’s new National HQ, it has been announced.

4MinuteFilm Challenge

The 4MinuteFilm Challenge is your opportunity to have a go at making a short film with young people you work with, about a sculpture in your area and receive £100 bursary to help you along the way!

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.

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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.


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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.