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Our work with Local Authorities

Connecting with Local Authorities means we are able to be proactive on a local level, whilst still seeing the wider picture.

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Through our Partnership Investment programme, we work with Local Authorities (as well as schools, universities and public health agencies and more) to at least double amounts invested in arts and cultural activity, and to influence the policy and practice of those whose work is about achieving better outcomes for children and young people.

Working with Arts Council England on the Cultural Education Challenge sees us nurturing the development of 13 local Cultural Education Partnerships in the South East region. This brings together arts and cultural organisations with Local Authorities and policy makers and shapers, to improve the lives of children and young people.

Working with Local Authorities

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Creativity Plus

Creativity Plus is about growing and securing the future of an innovative programme of creative work-based learning in the Southampton area and beyond. At its heart is the Creative Case for Diversity, and ensuring equality of access to entry-level jobs in the creative and cultural industries.

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Partnership Investment

We partner with arts, culture and heritage organisations to support schools, local authorities, public health agencies and more, equipping them with the resources to use arts and culture as a solution to life-changing objectives.

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Cultural Education Partnerships

Cultural Education Partnerships are able to be responsive to local needs, with high-level support from senior leaders and decision-makers in their area. Together, we can encourage sector leaders to create new, joined-up ways of working and sharing resources.

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Portsmouth Creative Skills Programme

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We are currently delivering the second year of a three-year Portsmouth Creative Skills programme, working with Portsmouth City Council’s Virtual School and Leaving Care Service.

This is funded through The Blagrave Trust (with support from Catalyst-Evolve), and forms part of the work of Portsmouth’s Cultural Education Partnership, with associated Partnership Investment work.


Find out more about this programme here


This programme is part of the legacy of the national Creative Skills Initiative (2013-2016), led by Artswork in collaboration with six other Bridge organisations across England.

We created this publication to celebrate its success.




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