About Us

RIO are leaders in Cultural Education.

RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – is a pioneering social enterprise supporting people to build better futures.

We apply our imaginative, ethical business thinking across a wide range of sectors, from schools, education and learning to regeneration, culture and creative commercial ventures. Organising great ideas into reality is what we do.

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.

“Talent is everywhere but opportunity is not. We have been working with RIO to get children and young people engaged in the creative sector and make their chances greater for succeeding within the industry”

Darren Henley

Chief Executive, Arts Council England

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