Gateshead Cultural Education Partnership

Gateshead Cultural Education Partnership (GCEP) exists to support cultural and educational organisations in Gateshead to operate collaboratively so they support the development of teaching, and ensure the cultural sector contributes more effectively to curriculum development, educational delivery, and social and economic renewal across the borough.

Aims and objectives

Children and young people from diverse backgrounds in Gateshead celebrate their unique strengths and capabilities and are able to make a positive contribution to their communities.


  1. Influence
  2. Access
  3. Curiosity
  4. Wellbeing & Empathy


Children and young people:

  • influence and co-curate culture in Gateshead
  • in Gateshead access new opportunities and have new experiences
  • make things that make other people curious
  • understand their own feelings and the feelings of others


The GCEP is currently redeveloping a short- and medium-term strategy.

The partnership will take on a new structure with a main steering group led by a Chair and Vice chair and 4 working groups

The GCEP partners collectively aspire towards creating and extending cultural experiences for Gateshead children and young people that are excellent. To support the achievement of this, the work of the GCEP Group will refer to, reference and explore ways to embed the Arts Council England Cultural Education Challenge, Quality Principles, Nolan Principles, Thrive and Creative Case for Diversity. It will also align work with the North East Case for Culture and NGI where appropriate 

The GCEP are a strong and supportive partnership between the education sector, cultural organisations, health, LA and local businesses. This entails pooling resources and sourcing additional funding in order to achieve GCEP objectives.

A Development and Strategy Consultant will be appointed in July to support the GCEP to achieve their goals.


  • Alexandra Marsden (Gem Arts) 
  • John Hattam (St Joseph's RC Primary) 
  • Wendy Patterson (Lawnmowers Theatre Company) 
  • Rob Kitchen (Sage Gateshead) 
  • Vicky Sturrs (Baltic) 
  • Anne Fountain (Chair) (Shipley Art Gallery)
  • Steve Haigh (Whickham School)
  • Tracey Musgrove (St. Oswald's School)
  • Rebecca Pedlow (Music Hub) 
  • Karolynne Hart (Council Arts Team)
  • Christine Myhill (Gateshead Libraries) 

Get in touch

To get in touch, please contact Charlotte Dack, Culture Bridge North East.

Job opportunities

Gateshead Cultural Education Partnership - Consultancy Call-Out

Development and Strategy Consultant

The Gateshead Cultural Education Partnership is inviting applications from an experienced Development and Strategy Consultant to help us with our next phase of development and to reach our potential as a successful partnership. 

We are looking to work with a consultant for 20 days @£275 per day between November 2021 and March 2022. 


We are an established partnership between the education sector, cultural organisations, health, LA and local businesses in Gateshead. We are looking to work closely with an experienced consultant to assist us in building a sustainable partnership. The primary focus of this role will be to identify and bring in investment and additional sources of funding in order to support us to achieve our vision, aims and objectives. The role will work closely with the steering group to develop a best practice structure and support implementation.  

Download the brief and find out more

Closing date: 18 October 2021