The Crafts Council Survey for Teachers

The Crafts Council is preparing to launch a new educational programme. To better understand the needs of the teachers, and the digital platforms they are currently utilising in a blended classroom, they have put together this short survey. They would love to hear your...

New Arts Foundation set up by WeTransfer to Support Arts Education

WeTransfer, the B Corp company with a set of tools for the creative process, has announced the creation of WeTransfer’s Supporting Act Foundation to support emerging creative talent through arts education, grants, and an annual prize.   WeTransfer’s Supporting Act...

Starlight Virtual Art-Science Residency

Mayes Creative are delighted to announce that, following on from their sold-out virtual residency in November 2020, they are once again partnering with the Royal Astronomical Society to deliver a fascinating new virtual residency: Starlight. Join them for an...

Amazing Opportunities Brought to you by The Writers’ Block!

The Writers' Block have released their upcoming programme of opportunities and there's something for everyone!  Wanted! Young Journalists for G7 News Hub Are you aged 12-18 with an interest in the news? Would you enjoy learning how to sniff out a good story and being...

Culture: Outdoor Places and Spaces Webinar- Wednesday 28th April, 4pm

Join us for our Culture: Outdoor Places and Spaces webinar on Wednesday 28th April 4-5pm As children and young people start to emerge from lockdown learning, how can we encourage and support families, schools and cultural organisations to find ways embracing the...

Two Commissions to work in Plymouth Schools with Take A Part

Take A Part are looking to comission two artists/collective of artists to deliver two school projects. Whitleigh Community Primary School, CECE and Take A Part have joined together to commission an artist or collective of artists to deliver a Creative Education...

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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