Cultural Education in South Gloucestershire

Cultural Education in South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire falls under the well-established Bristol 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 at

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, including South Gloucestershire, reflecting the fact that young people, cultural organisations and schools move fluidly across these boundaries.

The partnership meets quarterly and it functions network and collective. The meetings are open to anyone interested in this area of work and they are a great place to make connections and find partners. The partnership is also carrying out a range of strategic projects and longer term pieces of work, focusing on areas including research, curriculum development, diversity and pathways into the cultural and creative industries for young people experiencing disadvantage. Each of these is driven by task-andfinish sub-groups led by individual members.

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.

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.

Aerospace BristolCircomediaSouth Gloucestershire Music Hub

The Music Education Hub for South Gloucestershire is South Gloucestershire Music Hub.

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

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

The Museum Development Officer in South Gloucestershire is Jason Finch.

The ASCEL (public libraries) representative for South Gloucestershire is Emma Fisher.

South Gloucestershire supports the Creative Skills Initiative.

Recent Case Studies from South Gloucestershire

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