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The latest news and thinking from RIO – the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for the South West of England

WHY? Festival

Can you help Dorset's WHY? Festival? B-side in Dorset are currently running a project called ‘WHY? Festival’ - it’s a festival based all around the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child. The festival is produced and programmed by a group of five 17 -...

Young Cultural Journeys: Full Report

A major piece of research by West Midlands Bridge organisation, Arts Connect, focussing on young people’s take on culture and cultural education.

Create and Dance with the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House's Create and Dance is a free online programme that provides: A creative learning resource, created with teachers, for primary schools across England. Classroom-based and digital activities, with strong curriculum links, to give...

Invitation to Tender – Creative Design & Build Lead, Encounters

Encounters is seeking an exceptional individual or team to lead on the design and build of Chrysalis, a visionary project funded by Arts Council England to create an environmentally sustainable mobile, community, arts and learning space in collaboration...

OPEN CALL FOR D/dEAF and DISABLED ARTISTS FOR SPLASH!

Are you a D/deaf or disabled artist who would like to develop their creative practice? Are you interested in forming a new East Midlands ensemble of D/deaf, disabled artists and non-disabled artists? Would you like to be part of a collaboration...

National Writing Day

National Writing Day is an annual celebration of writing designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. Theirr message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power. On 27th June 2018, National...

Durham Commission on Creativity and Education

The Durham Commission on Creativity and Education is a collaboration between Arts Council England and Durham University that aims to identify ways in which creativity, and specifically creative thinking, can play a larger part in the lives of young people...

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Privacy and data protection We're committed to your privacy, and we've recently updated our privacy policy.?This website sits in RIO’s family of brands and activities and as such is subject to RIO’s Privacy Policy. You can read the full Privacy...

#ReclaimTheFrame

Plymouth Arts Centre are launching a nationwide initiative to support women in film. Launching 'Reclaim The Frame' they hope to encourage more women to become filmmakers, and for a more meaningful female narrative in modern film....

Brick Built: A LEGO® Models Exhibition

Brick Built: A LEGO® Models Exhibition 25th May - 8th Sept 18 This exhibition has been specially created for Torquay Museum by LEGO® artist Warren Elsmore. Enjoy a celebration of the world’s architecture from three great cities, New York, Paris...

Health and Wellbeing Enabling Fund & Application Form

You can now apply for the Liskeard enabling fund for Health and wellbeing via online applications. There are two different routes in which you can apply, and the max pot available is £500. Health and Wellbeing plays an important part in our...

Action Learning Taster Session

Action learning is an inspiring approach to professional development that offers a small group of peers a structured and reflective way to explore the issues they face. You can read more here. It can support you in your professional development by: Helping you to step...

Inspiring the Future of Theatre

Inspiring the future are passionate about introducing young people to the range of different jobs available to them, in as many industries as possible. Which is why they are pleased to announce our nationwide Inspiring the Future Theatre...

A Chance to Join a Brand New Matthew Bourne Production

New Adventures is looking for the best and brightest young talent from across the UK to apply for a chance to be part of a brand-new Matthew Bourne production. Following the success of Lord of the Flies, in which the cast was made up of professional dancers and young...

Devon Music Education Hub – GDPR Briefing

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. This is the most significant update of data protection laws in some time and has led to much confusion and misinformation in many organisations. We’ve asked GDPR expert Amber Bradley to...

RIO are Recruiting – Consultant (Arts and Culture)

We at RIO are now recruiting for a Consultant (Arts and Culture) to join our team and work as part of the Bridge programme. If you've been reading the sorts of news and content posted on this website and think that being involved sounds like the perfect career for...

Cutting-edge creative media centre planned for Plymouth

Plans to turn Devonport Market Hall in Plymouth into a cutting edge creative media centre have progressed significantly following an award of £1 million in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement. The £5 million Market Hall scheme, which will have a specific focus on...

Current Vacancy At The Royal Opera House

£50,000 per annum, full-time (40 hours per week) permanent contract. Ballet and Opera capture the deepest human emotions. The Royal Opera House wants to share these life-changing art forms and their power to thrill, move and excite, with as many people as we can....

Emma Rice’s School for Wise Children

Module 1: MAKING MUSIC FOR ENSEMBLE THEATRE Sat 16 and Sun 17, Sat 23 and Sun 24, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June 2018, 11am – 6pm each day, at Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA. Places cost £500, or are available free to applicants in receipt of benefits....

Freelance Creative Catalyst Opportunity In Matson, Gloucester

Do you think culture and creativity is essential for individuals and communities to thrive and flourish, not just a ‘nice-to-have'? If so, this may be an opportunity for you. Create Gloucestershire is looking for a part-time freelance Creative Catalyst who can help...

Freelance Creative Catalyst opportunity in Matson, Gloucester

Do you think culture and creativity is essential for individuals and communities to thrive and flourish, not just a ‘nice-to-have'? If so, this may be an opportunity for you. Create Gloucestershire is looking for a part-time freelance Creative Catalyst who can help...

Totnes School of Dance to Take 41 Young People to Dance World Cup

Forty-one talented children from Totnes School of Dance, between the ages of nine and twenty, have been chosen to represent Team England at the World Cup Dance Finals in Barcelona this coming June. They are the only children in the whole of the South West to be...

CYM Taunton’s Creative Music Production Course is Expanding

Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (CYMT) has just celebrated its 4th birthday and the Centre is delighted to be expanding its music production course on Saturdays at the Centre's base at Richard Huish College in Taunton. The creative music production course, teaching...

Sustainability and Resilience Masterclass

Economic and political uncertainty, environmental and societal pressures mean there’s never been a better time to put sustainability at the heart of your business. Gill Pipkin, of Gill Pipkin Sustainability and Resilience Consulting, will introduce you to some...

Webinars For Arts And Cultural Organisations

Are you looking to increase participation in your arts education programmes, deliver Arts Award in partnership with schools or embed the award into existing programmes? Trinity College London is offering two free one-hour webinars for arts and cultural organisations...

Exciting job opportunity – Creative Catalyst – Art of Libraries

Following on from the success of Art of Libraries in six early adopter libraries in Gloucestershire, Create Gloucestershire are now looking for a new person to take over the role of Creative Catalyst at Dursley Library from March – December 2018. They are looking for...

Help! I Can’t Teach Dance

Plymouth Dance; the City of Plymouth’s dance development agency, in consultation with primary school dance specialists, has devised a programme to support the teaching of Dance in Primary Schools as part of the Physical Education Curriculum but also as a tool to...

Artsmark Partnership Programme: The Launch

Bridge Organisations across the country have recently begun galvanising arts and culture organisations to become Artsmark Partners. The Artsmark Partnership Programme will launch to education settings nationally later in the spring. The Programme is designed to enable...

Torbay Culture Is Looking For New Board Members

Torbay Culture believes that culture matters. We’ve secured more than £2m of external funding to help us make it so. If you are just as passionate about arts and heritage in Torbay and want to increase its impact on people’s lives, why not join our Board? We’re...

Young Producers Looking For Young Artists

The Young Producers at Tobacco Factory Theatres are looking for artists and performers aged 16 – 25, to showcase their new and developing work at SPARK: A Festival of Art this spring at Tobacco Factory Theatres. SPARK: A Festival of Art TEN SHOWS, TWO SPACES AND ONE...

Appeal To Get Young People Writing

Paper Nations works in partnership with writers and educators across the UK to share and develop resources that give all children the opportunity to access regular high quality creative writing support. One of the largest barriers facing young people who show...

What Makes “A Good Neighbour?”

Beyond Face theatre company are running a free event at the B-Bar in Plymouth on March 4th. Starting at 4pm, ‘A Good Neighbour?’ will invite audience members to listen to monologues by professional, youth and community members, exploring the theme of what it means to...

Young Creatives Wanted for Cornish Weekender

Could this be something for you? UK Young Artists is working in partnership with Porthmeor Studios to offer a micro-residency to young people aged 18-30 from across the UK. Over four days the participants will immerse themselves in the history and culture of St Ives...

Come, Tell Me How You Live

International Agatha Christie Festival Presents: True stories from the bay and beyond. “STORIES LIVE!” Palace Theatre Arena, Paignton, Friday 23rd March 2018. Tickets: £2 + booking fee. IACF launch campaign to collect true stories from Torbay locals culminating in the...

Triumphant Caesar Returns!

The Royal Shakespeare Company is coming to Cornwall next month with a new version of Julius Caesar ideal for 7-13 year olds and their families. Join our travelling company of actors and become citizens of ancient Rome in a tale of friendship, power and betrayal....

Vote For Bristol Plays Music!

Vote for BPM to win Classic FM's Best Classical Music Education Initiative at this year's Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. Bristol Plays Music needs your support! Great news, Bristol Plays Music has been shortlisted for three awards at this year's Music Teacher...

Work Experience Call Out In The Cultural Sector

RIO is seeking other arts and cultural organisations to be part of Bristol Cultural Education partnership’s (BCEP) work experience initiative. Over the course of 2017, a group of Bristol’s arts and cultural organisations have successfully worked together to establish...

Paul Hamlyn Teacher Development Fund

The purpose of the Teacher Development Fund is to support delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the primary classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum. It aims to do this through supporting teachers and school...

Raising Achievement And Aspirations Through Shakespeare

WHAT IF SHAKESPEARE COULD HELP YOUR PUPILS FIND THEIR VOICE AND DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE THEIR LITERACY SKILLS? A symposium for headteachers and their curriculum leaders. 22 June 2018, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. The approaches Royal Shakespeare...

The Next Ten Years Start Here…

As ArtsCouncil England launch a public conversation around their next ten year strategy for 2020-30, their Chief Executive Darren Henley blogs about what they’ve achieved so far, and why they want to hear from you about how they can best support arts, museums and...

Play Torbay February Half Term Holiday Activities

FEBRUARY HALF TERM *FREE* Holiday Activities Programme If you are at a loose end as to what to do with your children over the holidays, our programme is here with lots of activities for children and young people of all ages. We still have the continued support of our...

Shape My City

Shape My City is all about getting young people to think about the city around them, who different places are designed for, why the city is how it is and who contributed to making it that way. It is an opportunity for young people to get involved with industry...