Cultural Education in Gloucestershire

Cultural Education in Gloucestershire

Create Gloucestershire is hosting and driving a wide range of innovative work focussed on cultural education partnership working in their county and beyond, and we work closely with them in a range of areas, including:

  • Delivering a jointly-commissioned and ACE-subsidised programme of training and development for all those involved in cultural education, based on needs analyses we have carried out together over the last year. You can find details of the programme here.
  • Developing and supporting a network of local cultural education hubs in specific parts of the county, each exploring different ways to engage and support children and young people at local level as well as different ways to fund and resource cultural education.
  • Working together with a network of young apprentices drawn from cultural organisations across the county, supporting them to shape the cultural offer and plan a major event on cultural education in March 2016.
  • Developing an innovative pilot programme focussed on connections between libraries, arts, community development and culture in a number of local areas across the county.

Working with a network of creative interns and apprentices as part of the Creative Employment Programme (which Create Gloucestershire manage). The young people work within cultural organisation’s from across the county, supporting them to shape the cultural offer and plan a major event on cultural education delivered back in March. Since this, the young people have been trained as Discover and Explore Arts award Advisers, so they can build Arts Award into their practise. They have also had training focussed on areas such as needs analysis, further CPD routes, volunteering and becoming a trustee.

RIO are working with Create Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Libraries, and the Barnwood Trust on an Esmee Fairbairn-supported pilot project to further develop the role of local libraries as creative and socially enterprising cultural education hubs.

Create Gloucestershire is made up of over 70 members and associate members from across the arts and cultural sector in the county. Together with a range of strategic partners from across different sectors they think, research, test and share ideas to encourage arts to become “everyday”. A lead partner has been identified and priorities agreed, building on previous long term partnership work and analysis with Bridge. For more information on the Gloucestershire Cultural Education Partnership please contact Pippa Jones at hello@

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

Artsmark Partnership Programme Briefing

These free briefings are for arts & cultural organisations who want to become Artsmark Partners and help registered schools and education settings access great arts and culture for their pupils.


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

Gloucestershire Development Day – Mon 15th Jun 2020, 9:30 – 12:30
Gloucestershire Support Surgery – Mon 15th Jun 2020, 1:00 – 3:00

Cultural organisations (including NPOs)

Bold organisations are Artsmark PartnersUnderlined organisations are Arts Award Supporters.

Arts in Rural GloucestershireCheltenham FestivalsCinderford ArtspaceCreate Gloucestershire
The Everyman TheatreKelmscott ManorNew Brewery ArtsThe Poetry Archive
PREMAThe Roses TheatreStroud Valley Artspace

The Music Education Hub for Gloucestershire is Make Music Gloucestershire.

For a full list of Arts Award supporters in Gloucestershire, click here.

For a full list of Arts Award centres in Gloucestershire, click here.

The Museum Development Officer in Gloucestershire is Jason Finch.

The ASCEL (public libraries) representative in Gloucestershire is Jill Barker.

Gloucestershire supports the Creative Skills Initiative.

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