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


This year the GCEP has consolidated their membership and completed work towards their theory of change and activity planning, including hosting three focus groups with young people. Two sub-groups formed around youth voice and activity planning. The GCEP has two current priorities: the development of a young people’s shadow GCEP and piloting summer provision directed by young people’s consultation.

Work is underway toward the development of the summer programme, which will include artists, musicians and dancers from the GCEP’s cultural partners delivering a week of activity into five pilot schools in June 2018, culminating in a large event for those young people and their families at the Shipley Art Gallery during the summer holidays. It is anticipated that the pilot will be rolled out for summer 2020 to more schools. This work is based around outcome 2 – access.

The development of the GCEP youth shadow board is also underway and their first meeting will take place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in the summer term. Recruitment of CYP has taken place and the board’s first activity will be to lead the planning of the summer activity day. They will continue to contribute to the direction and development of the GCEP. This work is based around outcome 1 – influence.

The GCEP is also collaborating with the Newcastle LCEP on an annual cultural marketplace event for teachers and the development of a teacher reference group.  


  • 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 (Wickham 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.