News and Ideas

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

Making Creative Careers a Reality

Careers in creative subjects can only come about through a passion for getting involved in a hands-on kind of way. At Richard Lander School, we encourage our young students to do just this.I would argue that the transferable skills that students learn from their...

WANTED: Young Mystery-Story Writers Across Devon

An opportunity to get students writing creatively during the school holidays, The International Agatha Christie Festival (IACF) is creating a new writing competition for young people living in Devon or attending a Devon-based school to be recognised for their skill at composing a plot, originality and the quality of their written English.

Papatango Present: WriteWest

Papatango theatre company have recently launched their programme of new writing in the south west: WriteWest.

Pathways Into Children’s Publishing

Pathways Into Children’s Publishing is a ground-breaking new two-year illustration programme for diverse, talented and ambitious artists taught by world-class illustrators and writers, university tutors, children’s editors and art directors. Pop Up Projects CIC have...

Young Company Taster Sessions at Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic Young Company would like to invite young creatives from around the city to try a free taster session on Sat 29 Jun. Bristol Old Vic Young Company provides an environment of playful creativity; allowing young people to experiment with different...

Beyond Face – 2,000 Stories

Beyond Face theatre comapny will be making their debut in the Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth this June with their new show 2,000 Stories, as part of the Mayflower 400 programme. “I’m bringing everything I ever knew- everything good, strong, kind and powerful. I bring it...

Into Film

Into Film are a registered Artsmark Partner Organisation endorsed by Arts Council England, who aim to support schools in achieving their Artsmark Award accreditation. Whilst examining how they can match the Artsmark assessment criteria to their Into Film Programme for...

New Programme for Disabled Young Artists and Creatives

If you are a young disabled artist or creative from Dorset aged 18 to 30 years old, who is looking for support to develop a career in the arts or to develop a saleable product, this programme is for you. Supported by The Arts Development Company, this diverse group...

Youth Voice Training

Upstart Projects have announced a Birmingham training session for arts and cultural organisations to improve their offer for young people. The half-day session, on Tue 21st May, will support NPOs at Goal 5, Artsmark Supporters, Arts Award centres/Supporters, LCEPs and...

Play Torbay May-July Activities

Play Torbay's Play Activities programme for May, June and July is here, with lots of activities for children and young people of all ages. Playground activities are FREE to anyone who would like to join in! Play Torbay is a charity aiming to improve the quality and...

Young Artists Workshops


Held on fortnightly Sundays 1pm-4pm from October to July. Cornwall residents pay the membership price of…

The Arts & Culture Impact

Latest figures on economic contribution, published recently by Arts Council England, show the arts and culture industry has grown by £390million in one year, and contributes £10.8billion to UK economy. Commissioned from the Centre for Economic and Business Research,...

The Creative Case

Can creativity be taught and does it have a place in education? Rather than decide for himself, RIO consultant Gary Futcher hands over to his teacher-to-be daughter. Here I am, relatively fresh out of a career in teaching. And there’s my daughter Emily, completing her...

Dance and Dramatic Singing INSETs – Royal Opera House

In the next school year, Royal Opera House will be hosting a series of full-day practical training INSETs that explore the 'building blocks' of dance and dramatic singing to inspire cross-curricular learning. This suite of programmes will support teachers to take a...

Get Creative Festival

This year’s Get Creative Festival is open for event listings. Add yours at: Get Creative Festival is a huge celebration of everything creative, taking place across the UK & Ireland from 11 – 19 May 2019. The annual festival shines a light on all...

Royal Opera House’s ‘The Thriving Child’, Streaming at Ocean Studios

As part of The Thriving Child in the South West, we will be connecting live to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for their conference ‘The Thriving Child’. Featuring a unique line-up of speakers, the day will explore the obstacles to young people thriving in the 21st century and how creative and cultural learning can support children to flourish.

Get Into Theatre

Get Into Theatre is the essential website to help you find all the information and opportunities you need to pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK. From backstage to performing, training to apprenticeships, you will find up-to-date theatre jobs information...

LVY Youth

It started with chill winds and rain, with nothing to do and nowhere to go in the cold winter evenings after school that LVY Youth was born.

Artsmark: Not What You Think It Is

When I mention Artsmark to most teacher friends and colleagues they initially pull a bit of a face. What they don’t realise is that, with significant advice from schools, it was completely re-designed and relaunched in 2015. It is still Arts Council England’s creative quality standard but re-framed as a powerful curriculum review and support tool, designed to help ensure that arts and creativity are at the heart of a broad and balanced learning experience for young people.

The EBacc is Failing Both the Arts and Itself

In the latest House of Commons report on Culture, Media and Sport, the impact of the EBacc on music education is listed as a “threat to the talent pipeline”. Whilst the report hesitates to admit any concerns from ministers themselves, it highlights a variety of issues...

£15,000 Grants Available For Teachers

SHINE’s Let Teachers SHINE competition is offering up to £15,000 to teachers who have brilliant ideas to help disadvantaged children succeed in English, maths or science.

ACE plans to match crowdfunding for Music Education Hubs

In response to a 2017 pilot project that found arts and heritage crowdfunding donations increased by 17% when the project was match-funded, Arts Council England is planning to develop further projects to support Music Education Hubs (MEHs) nationwide with match funding.

Artsmark – Find Out More!

Interested in Artsmark, but want to find out a bit more before taking the plunge? Pop along to one of our free, informal sessions.

Is Anybody Listening?

Just before Christmas it seemed there was positivity in the air for arts in education. And yet it seems the January gloom has darkened expectations again, with a number of recent reports once more highlighting the perilous state of the arts in schools.

Young Roche Artists

Do you know a young person who is a keen artist? Would they like to develop their understanding of art concepts and practical making skills? Are they between the ages of 13 and 18? Then Young Roche Artists is for them!

National Orchestra For All

The National Orchestra For All is a unique, mixed ability orchestra made up of 100 musicians aged 11-18 from across all four countries of the UK.

The National Theatre’s Drama Teacher Conference

The National Theatre’s Drama Teacher Conference is 2 days of inspiring professional development, exploring theatre practice through workshops, discussions and masterclass with a variety of fantastic theatre-makers. The weekend is taking place 21 – 22 February 2019.

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival is the first UK festival dedicated to craft and film. The Crafts Council offering secondary, 6th form and college students under 16 to chance to submit a film for free.

Voices – Creative Writing Competition

Voices, a creative writing competition for children in care and young care leavers, is back for 2019 and open for all your incredible entries until midnight on 10 February 2019.

Freelance Community Producer At Create Gloucestershire

Freelance Community Producer - Creative Trade Route This brief is for a freelance Community Producer to contribute ideas and experience to shape a new Creative Trade Route (CTR) which will run up and down the Painswick Valley and connect a range of cultural venues...

Shape My City

Shape My City is a year-round programme involving 15-19 year olds in design and place-making.

Work experience in the creative industries

With the cultural and creative industries adding approx £92billion to the UK economy, it is hard to ignore the financial value and opportunity for employment that the creative sector brings to the country. It is also argued, ‘highly creative’ jobs are immune to the...

Light in the darkness?

It may just be early Christmas cheer, but RIO consultant Gary Futcher has seen some glimmers of hope for the arts in education this past week.

This philistine government is betraying the arts

In a sharply pointed piece on arts policy, Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson evokes the spirit of Jennie Lee, the first minister for the arts in 1964, in attacking what she sees as a ‘cultural deficit’ and ‘philistine times’ at the heart of government today.

Arts Council England announce £700,000 for Plymouth’s Mayflower 400 programme

A major cultural programme funded by, amongst others, £700,000 from Arts Council England that includes a music theatre collaboration between UK and US communities with local artists Seth Lakeman and Nick Stimson, spectacular new events, including the Mayflower Week and Ocean Festival and community engagement through education, arts and culture, sport and volunteering

Arts Matters

RIO consultant and former headteacher Gary Futcher has heard all the debates about arts education but now feels it’s time for action.

BFI Film Academy Residential Programme 2019

The BFI Film Academy Residential Programme 2019 is now open for applications!The courses which will be run during the February 2019 half-term include; animation, screenwriting, documentary filmmaking  and animation and VFX. The Craft Skills residential...

Ashburton Questingle

This Sunday, head to the Bank Youth Project for Play Torbay’s ‘Ashburton Questingle’ event – an outdoor mystery and story quest for all the family!