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 -...

Young Cultural Journeys: Full Report

A major piece of research by West Midlands Bridge organisation, Arts Connect, focussing on young people’s take on culture and cultural education.

Create and Dance with the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House's Create and Dance is a free online programme that provides: A creative learning resource, created with teachers, for primary schools across England. Classroom-based and digital activities, with strong curriculum links, to give...

Explore Art and Culture in Trowbridge Park with ‘Creative Trowbridge’

Active Trowbridge is having its annual Active Festival in Trowbridge Park on Saturday 14 July. Explore Art Trowbridge is joining in the activities with ‘Creative Trowbridge’ which encourages young people to take part in a creative trail starting in Trowbridge Park and...

Invitation to Tender – Creative Design & Build Lead, Encounters

Encounters is seeking an exceptional individual or team to lead on the design and build of Chrysalis, a visionary project funded by Arts Council England to create an environmentally sustainable mobile, community, arts and learning space in collaboration...


Are you a D/deaf or disabled artist who would like to develop their creative practice? Are you interested in forming a new East Midlands ensemble of D/deaf, disabled artists and non-disabled artists? Would you like to be part of a collaboration...

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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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.

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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.

Arts Award

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

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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.