County Durham Cultural Education Partnership

The role of the partnership is to work together, and with external partners, to instigate collaborative, informed approaches using arts and culture to address the needs of children and young people in County Durham.

Aims and objectives

  • The role of the partnership is to work together, and with external partners, to instigate collaborative, informed approaches using arts and culture to address the needs of children and young people in County Durham.

Objectives:

  • Advocacy of arts education: developing shared language and shared commitment to champion the value and impact of arts and culture for children and young people in County Durham
  • To increase the chances that children and young people in County Durham will have inspirational experiences, or ‘lightbulb moments’, which will stay with them
  • To encourage and support children and young people in accessing and engaging in arts and culture ‘on their doorstep’ to encourage repeated and longer-term engagement.

Current activities

  • Analysis of school engagement data from cultural organisations to gain clarity and informed understanding around the highest areas of targeted need in terms of engagement and affecting change
  • Development of a County Durham Creative Learning Week, initially in June 2018 with the ambition that it could become an annual occurrence
  • Planning and delivery of information sharing and training to school governors in County Durham in partnership with Durham County Council Education Development Service
  • Development of a brand for the CDCEP, working in partnership with Durham Sixth Form Centre.

Members

  • Eileen Atkins (Area Manager: County Durham and Tees Valley, Culture Bridge North East)
  • Anne Besford (Chief Executive, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain)
  • Jill Cole (Director, Northern Heartlands)
  • Sally Dixon (Assistant Director Partnerships and Communications, Beamish Museum)
  • Linda Dobson (Principal Libraries Manager, Durham County Council)
  • Bill Elliott (Beamish Museum & coordinator of the County Durham Museums Education Group)
  • Tony Harrington (Executive Director, The Forge)
  • Jane Hedges (County Durham Cultural Partnership and Active Durham)
  • Richard Hurst (Education Development Adviser, Durham County Council)
  • Kylie Lloyd (Community Arts Manager, Durham County Council)
  • Phil Miller (Programme Leader, New College Durham)
  • Katie Milne (Director of Arts and Creativity, Greenfield Arts)
  • Sarah Price (Head of Heritage Collections Education Team, Durham University)
  • Ruth Robinson (Leader of Learning: Visual, Performing & Written Arts, Durham Sixth Form Centre)
  • Charlotte Rowbotham (Head of Education, Durham Cathedral)
  • Michael Summers (Manager, Durham Music Service, and Specialist Inspector for Music, Durham County Council Education Development Service)
  • Jane Whittaker (Head of Collections, Bowes Museum)
  • Martin Wilson (Executive Director, TINArts)

Get in touch

To get in touch, please contact Eileen Atkins at eileen.atkins@twmuseums.org.uk or Martin Wilson, Chair of CDCEP until July 2018, at martin@tinarts.co.uk.