Meet Culture Bridge

What is Culture Bridge North East?

Culture Bridge North East is one of a network of 10 Bridge organisations across England. Bridge organisations have been set up by Arts Council England to help them achieve their mission ‘great art and culture for everyone’. A vital part of this is making sure that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture. We help Arts Council England achieve this goal by using our experience and expertise to connect children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture across the North East. Culture Bridge North East is managed by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

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Culture Bridge North East has 3 ambitions

Culture Bridge North East has three ambitions, that through our programme:

  • Children and young people will better understand, engage and stay engaged with high quality arts and cultural experiences which develop creative skills, build resilience and broaden their experiences.
  • Arts and cultural organisations will better understand the role the whole cultural offer has in supporting children and young people and will better evidence and celebrate the impacts that engagement with the cultural offer can achieve.
  • The learning, social and business sectors will understand, respect and value the positive contribution that arts and culture make to children and young people, and therefore to delivering the priorities and aspirations of the North East.

Culture Bridge North East has 8 Core Roles

Working to Arts Council England’s brief for ‘Bridges’ and adapting these to the North East context, our programme is built around 8 core roles:

1. Achieving a 30% year on year increase in Arts Award moderations across the region

2. 50% of North East schools achieving Artsmark by March 2018

3. Building relationships among the region’s cultural organisations to support the development of excellent cultural opportunities for children and young people

4. Building relationships with the region’s school networks to support the development of excellent cultural opportunities for children and young people

5. Supporting the development of cultural education partnerships in each part of the region

6. Supporting embedding the Quality Principles into practice

7. Making strategic investments to attract new sources of funding not traditionally spent on arts and culture for children and young people

8. Working with the region’s Music Education Hubs to support them in developing their organisations and services