Join Mayes Creative’s Community Walks

Mayes Creative are inviting you to join them for their community walks later this month in Cornwall!   These walks are part of their new project, Above and Below, kindly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Feast. This project is based around...

Bite Back 2030 Youth Competition!

Bite Back are running a youth competition to promote healthy eating.   Their latest campaign aims to get junk food sponsorship out of sport, starting with the cricket Hundred, a new tournament that had KP Snacks as its headline sponsor. As part of the campaign,...

Into Games Careers Fair

Free Into Games Careers Fair  Video Game Ambassadors are hosting a free online Games Careers Fair this Thursday 29th July from 10am-5:30pm. Join AAA industry names such as Creative Assembly, Avalanche Studios, Sumo Digital and Playground Games - who are there to...

Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership Opportunity

Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership are looking for a Forum Co-ordinator to join their team.   Based in Plymouth Fixed term - 12 months Fixed Fee - £5,000 (assumed 25 days at £200) Employed through Plymouth Culture on an employed or freelance basis   Overview The...

Arts Connect Launch New Course!

Are you a senior arts and culture professional? Are you looking to grow your cultural organisation? Then this Strategic Evaluation Skills for Cultural Leaders course could be for you! Arts Connect have launched a post-graduate level course in collaboration with the...

Theatre Royal Plymouth Recruitment!

Theatre Royal Plymouth have three opportunities available for those who are new to the industry.   Thanks to a recent award from the Weston Culture Fund, Theatre Royal are creating a new production of NHS THE MUSICAL by Nick Stimson and Jimmy Jewell for The Lyric...

Real Ideas supports organisations all across the South West to deliver excellent cultural education for children and young people.

Real Ideas is a leader in Cultural Education. As the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for the South West of England we work with schools, youth settings and cultural organisations to connect young people with great art and culture.

Our comprehensive suite of support is offered at three levels – information and advice, training and CPD, and in depth consultancy – all subsidised by Arts Council England.

As Bridge Organisation we can provide specialist support to organisations around the Arts Award and Artsmark, to help embed the Arts Council’s Quality Principles and to develop Cultural Education Plans.

We also help deliver the Arts Council’s Cultural Education Challenge through supporting the development of Cultural Education Partnerships in the areas where we work.

Explore this site for more on our Bridge offer and contact us to talk about how we can support you in delivering excellent cultural education for young people in the region.

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