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Cultural Connections for Education Settings
in North West England

The Culture Hub is a free-to-use online portal for teachers, childcare providers and other professionals working with children and young people. It aims to help you take on the Cultural Education Challenge and by connecting you with the expertise and variety on offer within our region's rich and vibrant arts, culture and heritage sectors.

 

The Cultural Education Challenge

The Cultural Education Challenge is a call-to-action. It asks all education settings and cultural organisations to work together more effectively, in order to offer a consistently high-quality arts education to all children.

The Culture Hub is brought to you by Curious Minds, a charity working to drive access to creative and cultural education, by creating the conditions where quality, collaboration can flourish.

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Schools, Colleges & Early Years Settings

 

Demonstrate your commitment to high quality arts and cultural education for all young people by signing-up to the Cultural Education Challenge. Your setting will be listed on our website as a Culture School and you can use the free online profile to track your Challenge journey, mark accomplishments and highlight meaningful partnerships by collecting virtual ‘badges’ and submitting reviews. There’s even a widget to display on your website.

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Creative & Cultural Providers or Practitioners

 

Register to create a free online profile for your organisation or practice.

Make the most of your listing to share information, images, videos and resources that truly reflect how you work with schools and young people, as well as uploading your forthcoming events, offers and latest news. You can also link your work to relevant districts or Local Partnerships.

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Regional Culture in the North West

The Cultural Education Challenge asks all art and cultural providers, education and childcare settings and other local agencies to come together and work in partnership, to drive a joined-up local cultural education offer for children and young people.

In many areas of the North West, local partnerships have already been established, bringing together passionate and committed people from a wide range of organisations - across heritage and culture, education, youth sector, local government and the creative industries - whose local knowledge and professional expertise is helping to drive forward the cultural education agenda and improve opportunities for children and young people.

Even in areas of the North West which do not yet have a formally established partnership, there’s still plenty of great cultural education work happening that you can connect with.

See what's happening in your local area by navigating the maps below or visit the Local Partnerships page.

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What's happening now in the North West

Finding Solitude: an exhibition of drawings by Claire Weetman

Posted: 20/02/2024 by Claire Weetman, Visual Artist

Claire Weetman presents an online collection of drawings of chairs that invite you to sit down, but that time to rest alone is just out of reach.

The Northern Cultural Education Awards. Get Nominating!

Posted: 02/02/2024 by Curious Minds

Curious Minds is inviting nominations for The Northern Cultural Education Awards 2024. You can nominate yourself or others for an award, across 7 categories. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday 3rd March 2024.

Stories from the Mill – New Heritage Exhibition at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh.

Posted: 24/11/2023 by Farfield Mill

This autumn a new exhibition has opened at Farfield Mill. The displays across all four levels of the mill tell the story of the people who owned and worked at there during its heyday, and the processes involved in turning fleece into fabric.

Ethan's Journey

Posted: 19/10/2023 by Stockport

For the past six months, Stockport LCEP has been working with Ethan, a local young performer, using the Curious Minds Alternative Saturday Jobs model. In this blog, Ethan charts his journey and reflects on the experience he's gained.

Creative Careers – Is the talent pipeline broken? Can we fix it? Yes, we can!

Posted: 13/10/2023 by Preston City

Chair of Preston LCEP, Tony Rigg, blogs about the work ongoing in the city to boost the creative talent pipeline through careers events for young people in Year 9, about to take their GCSE options.

Supercharged!

Posted: 04/10/2023 by 2 Boards and a Passion Theatre Company

A 50-minute interactive play for primary schools Touring during Anti-Bullying Week 2023 Monday 13th - Friday 17th November

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HERITAGE OPEN DAYS (second weekend)

Posted: 24/11/2023 by Farfield Mill
Dates: 11/09/2024 - 15/09/2024

Farfield Mill will be celebrating National Heritage Open Day weekends with stories from the past. Come along to the Mill and find out about the textile heritage of the Yorkshire Dales and Sedbergh.

HERITAGE OPEN DAYS (first weekend)

Posted: 24/11/2023 by Farfield Mill
Dates: 06/09/2024 - 08/09/2024

Farfield Mill is celebrating National Heritage Open Days with stories from the past. Come and find out about the textile heritage of the Yorkshire Dales and Sedbergh.

National Mills Open Weekend

Posted: 24/11/2023 by Farfield Mill
Dates: 11/05/2024 - 12/05/2024

We are proud to take part in the Open Mill Weekend organised by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Visit the Mill and discover more about how fleece is turn into handwoven cloth.

Arion - Storytelling Performance, with makaton

Posted: 11/09/2023 by Goofus Theatre CIC
Dates: 11/09/2023 - 31/12/2025

Anything can happen on the way to the market! A re-telling of a Cheshire folktale this beautiful storytelling performances includes song, dance & adventure. Includes makaton signing throughout. Full day, 3 performances - £650 (up to 180 pupils)

There's A Memory Somewhere - performance & workshop. Connections can be found in the strangest of places.

Posted: 08/02/2023 by Goofus Theatre CIC
Dates: 01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

A 25 minute non-verbal performance introducing the art form of puppeteering. Followed by our taster workshop exploring how to bring objects to life. 2 x 90 minute sessions across the day. Max of 60 pupils per session. £750 per day.

Issue Based Plays & Projects

Posted: 25/01/2023 by NK Theatre Arts
Dates: 25/01/2023 - 01/01/2030

NK Produces hard-hitting plays, which address issues pertinent to the young people of today and aim to educate and open discussion to promote a healthy, happy and safe way of living as they grow up in today’s society.

Cultural Learning Alliance

Curious Minds is an active member of the Cultural Learning Alliance. By signing-up to the Cultural Learning Alliance, either as an individual or organisation, you can help to champion the message that cultural learning can make a big difference to a child’s life experience and will receive the latest news and comment on cultural learning policy and practice.

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