News and Ideas

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

Pop Up Festival Presents…

Pop Up Festival Presents is a FREE live-streamed literature festival 14th-18th June for primary, secondary and special schools, celebrating some of the best writers and illustrators.   The summer showcase will feature over 20 workshops with a diverse group of...

Creative Education Micro-Commission

High View School, CECE and Take A Part have joined together to offer opportunity for an artist or collective of artists to deliver a Creative Education micro-commission that engages with a small group of KS1 pupils and responds to the themes of environment, patterns...

Calling All Teachers- Creativity Collaboratives is Live!

Calling all teachers! Is your school passionate about creativity? Are you looking to build networks with other schools? If so, then Arts Council England's new funding programme, Creativity Collaboratives, could be for you.   Creativity Collaboratives was a key...

PONY Announced as Latest Artsmark Partner!

PONY, based in Bath, are the latest organisation to be announced as an Artsmark Partner! They commission, curate and produce site responsive public art and wider creative collaborations to inspire engagement with cultural stories. They act as a bridge between the...

Nominate Your Music Teacher for the Services to Music Award for Brass!

Do you know an exceptional Music teacher worthy of an award? Brass Bands England are looking for nominations for the Brian W Hicks Memorial Shield for Services to Youth Banding. This category is, of course, all about supporting young people within the banding sector –...

Young People Saving The Planet

This week sees the launch of Climate Action: Race to Zero, an international collaboration to engage young people all over the world in climate action. Focussed on COP26 and beyond, this collaboration involves some 20 organisations from the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa...

The Crafts Council Survey for Teachers

The Crafts Council is preparing to launch a new educational programme. To better understand the needs of the teachers, and the digital platforms they are currently utilising in a blended classroom, they have put together this short survey. They would love to hear your...

New Arts Foundation set up by WeTransfer to Support Arts Education

WeTransfer, the B Corp company with a set of tools for the creative process, has announced the creation of WeTransfer’s Supporting Act Foundation to support emerging creative talent through arts education, grants, and an annual prize.   WeTransfer’s Supporting Act...

Starlight Virtual Art-Science Residency

Mayes Creative are delighted to announce that, following on from their sold-out virtual residency in November 2020, they are once again partnering with the Royal Astronomical Society to deliver a fascinating new virtual residency: Starlight. Join them for an...

Amazing Opportunities Brought to you by The Writers’ Block!

The Writers' Block have released their upcoming programme of opportunities and there's something for everyone!  Wanted! Young Journalists for G7 News Hub Are you aged 12-18 with an interest in the news? Would you enjoy learning how to sniff out a good story and being...

Two Commissions to work in Plymouth Schools with Take A Part

Take A Part are looking to comission two artists/collective of artists to deliver two school projects. Whitleigh Community Primary School, CECE and Take A Part have joined together to commission an artist or collective of artists to deliver a Creative Education...

Marketing and Admin Assistant Internship- Strike A Light

Are you interested in shows, festivals or events? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Would you like to work in marketing or the arts? Strike A Light are looking for an intern to work with and support their team to contribute to effective marketing and the smooth running...

How Can Creativity Power Communities in Gloucestershire?

How can creativity power communities in Gloucestershire?   Create Gloucestershire are hosting an event on Wednesday 28th April at 10am; this will be a time to connect with others and tease out what your next creative step could be - bold or tentative - on your...

Beyond Face Premier The Elephant in the Room

Beyond Face CIC is a performance company based in Plymouth whose mission is to raise the profile and visibility of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse artists, young people and communities. Tomorrow they are launching their latest film- The Elephant in the Room.  The...

Join us for After School Creativi-Tea!

Join us for a totally informal after school virtual tea-time network opportunity for teachers and those working in and with schools. A chance to pop in, chat, listen, share, make suggestions and pick up ideas to support creativity in the classroom. With the recent...

The Local Cultural Education Partnership Offer from Arts Award

Trinity College London is excited to be hosting a series of conversations with Cultural Education Partnerships across the country, and you’re invited to join them. They have consulted with, and listened to feedback from CEPs across the regions and these resulting...

Anarchy Arts Youth Project: Learn the Art of Events Management!

Anarchy Arts is a unique creative arts project offering young people open access to the arts, arts education and local artists. The project is designed to support 16 - 21 year olds residing in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole who are NEET or economically...

Daisi is Seeking New Young Trustees!

Daisi is an arts education charity. Working throughout Devon, Torbay (and beyond), they create and promote inspiring creative and cultural experiences which enable more children and young people to access and enjoy the transformative and inclusive power of the arts...

National Children’s Carnival Week

Celebrate National Children's Carnival Week- 12th-18th July 2021 Mahogany Carnival Arts is working with the UK Centre for Carnival Arts to realise the dream of having all children in the UK celebrate carnival together in their schools. Carnival artists are putting...

Crafts Council: Free CPD for Teachers of Art, Craft and Design!

Are you a teacher of Art, Craft or Design?  Join the Crafts Council and craft makers Fleur Winter, Sarah Drew, Jenny Ayrton and Angie Parker on Wednesday 28th April from 3.30-5.30pm for a hands-on digital continual professional development (CPD) session. As the...

National Youth Folk Ensemble Sampler Day

Are you aged 12 to 18? Can you play an instrument confidently? Would you like to play by ear, develop your creativity and have the opportunity to audition to join the National Youth Folk Ensemble? Sign up for a free online Sampler Day!  Each Sampler Day features:...

Create Gloucestershire: Creative Catalysts Wanted

Create Gloucestershire are recruiting 2 new Creative Catalysts to support Create Local, a key strategy in their mission to unlock more resources, time and assets for arts, culture, and creativity across Gloucestershire. Create Local is a generational change programme....

Cranborne Middle School Achieve Artsmark Gold!

Cranborne Middle School in Dorset are one of the latest schools to achieve their Artsmark Award. Throughout the pandemic they have been working hard to develop Arts and Culture throughout their school and are proud to have been awarded a glorious Gold! Here is what...

Art Bytes Competition- Celebrate Creativity!

Celebrate Creativity with Art Bytes! Join Art Bytes to champion the creativity of the nation’s next generation using art and virtual technology. Art Bytes is a new, national programme for primary, secondary and SEN schools, combining an inter-school art competition...

The Gorsedh Kernow Children’s Awards

The Gorsedh Kernow Children’s awards are now open! The Gorsedh Kernow Children’s awards aim to celebrate and encourage the learning of Cornish culture in a creative way. Entrants could submit pieces that celebrate the Cornish language, dance, music, film or theatre....

Come and Join us for the Real Ideas Monthly Creativi-Tea!

Come and join us for the Real Ideas Monthly Tuesday Creativi-Tea @ 3.30pm! These online sessions are a totally informal virtual tea-time network opportunity for teachers, educators, artists and practitioners from the cultural and creative sector. A chance to chat,...

Teaching Black British History: A Teacher Training Guide

This informative, free CPD course by The Black Curriculum will help you discover how to best teach and embed Black British history into the national school curriculum. From pedagogy in the classroom to the history of ethnocratic and eurocentric narratives, this...

Where We Are… The British Museum Call for Partners

Where we are... is a new UK-wide national programme for young people aged 16–24 that co-designs and co-delivers meaningful local projects in arts and culture.  This new programme for young people aged 16-24 is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is looking for...

Le Navet Bete Announced as Latest Artsmark Partner

As of 2021 Le Navet Bete are proud to be an official Artsmark partner! As a partner they are here to support and develop long term relationships with Artsmark settings across the country.   Le Navet Bete are one of the UK's leading touring physical comedy theatre...

Spring Webinars

Real Ideas Spring Webinars for Teachers The 4Cs – creativity, culture, connection, community – are at the heart of Real Ideas’ curriculum thinking.  Our aim is to outline the practical activity on offer and create communities of practice around the 4Cs to support...

Native Creatives

A great opportunity from our friends at Festival Bridge...

Creative Assistant Fellowship with the Bristol Beacon Venue

Are you interested in producing or programming artistic/creative events, and want to begin a career in an arts venue or creative organisation?  The Creative Assistant Fellowship at Bristol Beacon could be for you! This role is about on the job learning, so you do not...

Free Online Master Classes with Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Are you curious about entering the world of theatre-making? Want to try something new and different? Feel inspired and unleash your creativity with Let’s... The Bristol Old Vic have launched some FREE online masterclasses for young people and adults. Let’s… online...

Rhythm Circle Digital Games Project

Rhythm Circle Digital Games Project The Rhythm Circle Digital Games Project has just finished creating 3 online music games. Whether you are a school teacher delivering whole class music lesson or a family looking for enrichment activities, these games are useful...

Find out how Lighthouse in Poole are finding their Arts Award journey

Read all about how Lighthouse in Poole have found their Arts Award delivery journey #LoveArtsAward   Last year we at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts, decided to start our Arts Award delivery journey. Having been a supporter centre for years, we decided it was...

Schools Anthology- Save Our Seas!

Schools Anthology – Save Our Seas! Each year the University of Plymouth creates an anthology celebrating the talent of the city’s young people. They're on the lookout for submissions from students, from which the best will be selected and published in the anthology....

Taking Arts Award online in Gloucestershire #LoveArtsAward

How a creative network came together to make it happen 2020 was supposed to be a year of celebration for Arts Award in Gloucestershire. A group of diverse organisations from festivals to museums and libraries met at The Everyman Theatre in December 2019 to join forces...

Creativity Exchange

Creativity Exchange: A New Online Community to Encourage Teaching for Creativity This February Arts Council England (ACE) have launched Creativity Exchange, a new online community to encourage teaching for creativity across the curriculum. Designed for school leaders,...

Developing Digital

Following our autumn webinar exploring what was working in the shift to online delivery for the cultural sector, and this webinar explores the latest developments and best practice examples 6 months on. This webinar will also feature an introduction to Badge Nation, a...

Disrupt: Community, Art, Social Justice and the Pandemic

Open Call for Creative Proposal DISRUPT is a brand new digital arts festival taking place 8-9 July 2021. The event will explore how the performing arts has supported and collaborated with communities during the pandemic, and how a year of uncertainty and change has...

Can you help us help young people ready to start their careers?

It’s a really challenging time for many as we’re all acutely aware. However, for young people who have left school, education, university who find themselves in a hugely difficult economic climate, their careers, building skills for their future and maintaining energy...

Pavilion Dance South West 2021 Call Out

Pavilion Dance South West proudly presents Origins 2021- a digital performance platform for young dancers, schools & youth dance groups across the South West to showcase their creative dance film work. Applications are now open for Origins 2021, hosted by Pavilion...

Follow The Sun

BATH SPA UNIVERSITY HOSTS ONLINE LITERATURE AND WRITING SUMMIT: FOLLOW THE SUN Travel the world without leaving your home and join a dynamic summit of writers, artists and scholars at Follow the Sun, an online literature and writing conference hosted by Transnational...

Some of Their Favourite Digital Things

Software Cornwall have compiled a list of some of their favourite computer science and online learning resources aimed at kids and adults alike to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these resources are free and best of all, they are all fun and creative!...

Artist call out for digital commission in Gloucestershire Libraries

Interested in working in a digital and virtual format with library staff to co-create and deliver a series of creative interventions with children, families or young people? Libraries are needed more than ever as we cope with Covid 19. Children and young people have...