News

25 April 2018

Partnerships unlock £750,000+ for North East arts and culture

Partnership Investment
A new initiative offering sustainable investment in arts and culture for young people has unlocked more than £750,000 to be used in the North East.

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20 April 2018

Introducing our newest Area Manager

Charlotte Dack
Charlotte Dack is the newest member of the Culture Bridge North East team, joining us as Area Manager for Gateshead and Sunderland.

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20 April 2018

Blog: The end of one programme and the beginning of another, by Elvie Thompson

Elvie Thompson
Wow that was a busy three years! In 2015, when I took up my post and Culture Bridge North East was new, Arts Council England gave us three years and eight briefs to deliver. So, how did we do..?

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12 April 2018

Culture Bridge North East Fund open to applicants

A child enjoys funded arts activity in Bellingham, Northumberland
The Culture Bridge North East Fund is open to applicants until 21 May. The Fund, which was created in 2017, provides grants of between £250 and £1,500 to support working relationships between arts and cultural practitioners and schools or youth settings.

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28 March 2018

Join the Newcastle Cultural Education Partnership

The Tyne Bridge
The Newcastle Cultural Education Partnership (NCEP) is looking to recruit two new representatives from the arts and cultural sector, and expressions of interest are invited from individuals and organisations who have a serious commitment to working with children and young people.

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19 March 2018

Guest blog: Museum in your Classroom – Made in the Tees Valley, by Anna Husband

School visitors enjoying Made in the Tees Valley
Last year, museums and galleries across the Tees Valley worked with local teachers to develop the Museum in your Classroom Toolkit – a free online resource designed specially for schools to plan, research, create, and publicise their very own exhibitions. In this blog, cultural and heritage consultant Anna Husband explains how a local primary school used the toolkit to help its students gain Arts Award Explore.

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09 February 2018

#MyArtsAward: A film to show how Arts Award transforms life for our young people

Arts Award Logo
​This week, we're celebrating our young artists through #MyArtsAward. This film showcases some work from the young artists in our region, as well as demonstrating what they can achieve, and what they can gain through taking part in Arts Award.​

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09 February 2018

#MyArtsAward: Arts Award's impact on young artists, by Jonathon Graham

The Customs House Senior Youth Theatre's production of Ceasefire Babies by Fiona Doyle
The #MyArtsAward week focus for today is celebrating our young artists. Here, student Jonathon Graham explained how doing Arts Award as a youngster helped him develop his career aspirations both inside and outside the arts.

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08 February 2018

#MyArtsAward: Supporting Arts Award - a partnership, by Val Tobiass

Berwick Arts Award Supporter map
Today's #MyArtsAward week theme is partnership, so we're celebrating the role of Arts Award Supporters in a blog by Val Tobiass. Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator at Berwick Visual Arts.

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07 February 2018

#MyArtsAward: A film about Arts Award by some of our young leaders

One of the animated characters made by our young Arts Award leaders
We often receive questions about Arts Award, both from those already involved in it, and those who've yet to take part. These common questions have been answered for #MyArtsAward week in a special film made by an amazing team of young people - The Treasure Group over-5s from The Customs House, along with members of its youth theatre working with animator Lesley-Anne Rose.

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07 February 2018

#MyArtsAward: A fulfilling leadership experience, by Diana Karikis

Diana Karikis contemplates how Arts Award has helped her develop as a leader
Today's #MyArtsAward week theme is youth leadership, so we're celebrating the contribution Arts Award makes in creating confident and creative leaders among our young people. Diana Karikis 19, is a member of Team Juice, and in this blog talks of her own leadership journey to achieving Arts Award Gold.​

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06 February 2018

#MyArtsAward: Arts Award for the whole child, by Hazel Stewart

Arts Award logo
On the second day of our Arts Award Celebration Week, Hazel Stewart, Learning Manager at Education Northumberland EOTAS (Other Than At School) service, explains how she, as an Arts Award Good Practice Mentor, sees the holistic benefits of Arts Award.

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05 February 2018

#MyArtsAward: Arts Award for every young person, by Rachael Rickwood

Arts Award logo
In the first of our blogs for Arts Award Celebration Week, Rachael Rickwood, Assistant Producer (Children and Young People) at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, explains how she works to deliver Arts Award in a way that works for every young person.

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31 January 2018

Guest blog: My class at the museum, by Jenny Phillips and Jo Graham

Year 1s in residence at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum go on a dinosaur hunt in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
The pupils from Year 1 at Lingfield Primary School in Middlesbrough completed a project after spending a week-long residency at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, assisted by Jenny Phillips, the museum's Education Officer, and Jo Graham, from Learning Unlimited.

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30 January 2018

Blog: Apprenticeships - a doorway to diversity

Melissa Gillespie
A blog partially inspired by the Case for Culture North East Stakeholder Forum, by Culture Bridge North East's Creative Apprentice, Melissa Gillespie

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08 January 2018

Guest blog: Young People as Leaders, by Ellen Orange of Team Juice, Editor of the Juice Festival blog

Ellen Orange of Team Juice
Culture Bridge North East is working with the Juice Festival and Team Juice on our next Big Ideas event next month. The event is themed around children and young people's voices in leadership. Here, guest blogger Ellen Orange, who edits the Juice Festival blog as a member of Team Juice, offers her take on the topic.

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08 December 2017

Guest blog: Arts Award at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Children enjoying the Making a Mark project for their Arts Award
Jenny Phillips is Education Officer at Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, which is part of the Making a Mark programme. Offering children the chance to gain an Arts Award as part of the programme has proven popular with teachers over the last few years.

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08 December 2017

Blog: The Dance of Partnerships

Eileen Atkins
By Eileen Atkins – Area Manager for County Durham and Tees Valley.

I’m studying for an MSc in Management and Leadership, an amazing yet very challenging experience. I'm currently working on a module about organisational behaviour and how people interact, and I’d like to share a few gems I’ve come across in the many hours I’ve spent with my nose in textbooks.

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13 November 2017

Guest blog: Arts Award and Music Education Hubs, by Jacky Craig

Pupils that have completed Arts Award through music
Jacky Craig is Lead Officer for Music Partnership North, the music education hub in Northumberland and Newcastle. She supports and delivers many aspects of music, both in and out of schools, to broaden opportunities and enrich the lives of children and young people, including through Arts Award.

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06 November 2017

Blog - Our Artsmark journey to Platinum, by Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools

Newminster Middle School pupils visit the Laing Art Gallery
Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools in Morpeth are part of the Three Rivers Learning Trust. and recently achieved their Platinum Artsmark.

In this blog, Charlotte Jones, Curriculum Leader of the Creative Arts, explains how it has helped the schools to build stronger external partnerships with a more diverse range of organisations, therefore deepening the pupil experience.

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