Cultural Education in Bristol

Cultural Education in Bristol and the west of England

Bristol has a well-established Cultural Education Partnership BCEP. It was one of the first three partnerships in the country, established as part of ACE’s initial piloting of this initiative. At the moment the partnership is coordinated and hosted by Arts Council England, and if schools or cultural organisations would like to be added to the mailing list and come along to the quarterly meetings they can contact Simon Jutton.

BCEP has over 60 members, drawn from all parts of Bristol’s rich and diverse cultural education sector, including heritage, schools, libraries, music and arts. BCEP is also open to partners from beyond the immediate Bristol local authority area, reflecting the fact that young people, cultural organisations and schools move fluidly across these boundaries.

Bristol CEP continues to meet quarterly and is open to all. It maintains its role as a place to make connections, network and instigate partnership working. The partnership is also carrying out a range of strategic projects and longer term pieces of work, focusing on areas including research, curriculum development, advocacy, diversity and pathways into the cultural and creative industries for young people experiencing disadvantage. Work is driven by task-and-finish sub-groups. We continue to attend every meeting, offering support in any way that we can to the activities being undertaken and to project leads, and we are also centrally involved in several of the key projects that have resulted, for example the Institute, working with UWE, KWMC and other partners.

Useful resources

There are some really interesting tools and data sets which are freely available – including the Arts Council’s ‘cultural education data toolkit’ – along with a range of other databases focussed on cost of interventions for children and young people, disadvantage, health and education.

You can take a look at these resources using the links below:

Cultural Education

Arts Council investment

Young people and education

Health and wellbeing


Cost of interventions

Briefings and training events


In order to attend one of the below events, you must first register your education setting with Artsmark on the Arts Council website here.

Bristol Development Day – Tue 16th Jun 2020, 9:30 – 12:30
Bristol Support Surgery – Tue 16th Jun 2020, 1:00 – 3:00

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