artsdepot CEP: children and parents sit around an L-shaped table making oil paintings, while stewards dressed in blue watch or have have conversations with them. In the background, people gather at art market stalls.

A new Cultural Education Partnership for Barnet

Published: Wed 22 May 2019

We're bringing 15 organisations in Barnet together with the aim of providing a rich cultural education for every child and young person in the borough. The Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) has secured significant funding to support those less likely to access cultural activities. By connecting the borough's diverse cultural partners and enabling the sharing of information and resources, we aim to collaboratively achieve better outcomes for young people.

The CEP will have theme groups exploring health and wellbeing, heritage interpretation and performing arts in education. A focus will lie on reaching pupils in faith schools, home schooled children, Pupil Referral Units, Special Educational Needs schools, and young people attending supplementary schools.

We're delighted to have secured £75,000 from A New Direction through the Challenge London programme, and £90,000 from John Lyon’s Charity towards a £450,000 programme to be delivered over three years. The funding will pay for a network coordinator role, 1000 subsidised cultural trips and 24 school engagement projects.

The CEP will host an event at artsdepot this Autumn inviting the cultural sector to mark the beginning of a three year journey designing a cultural education strategy for the borough. The CEP is also working with senior staff at the London Borough of Barnet to create a compelling pitch for the Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture competition 2021/23.

The founding partners include artsdepot, Middlesex University, London Borough of Barnet Libraries and Schools Improvement Service, London Studio Centre, the RAF Museum, Barnet Education Arts Trust, Unitas Youth Zone, Barnet Partnership for School Sport, The Young Barnet Foundation, The Hyde Primary, Compton Secondary, Mapledown SEN school, Pavilion Pupil Referral Unit and Barnet’s Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service.

If you'd like to find out more about the Cultural Education Partnership, please contact our community champion Francesca at francesca.cross@artsdepot.co.uk or 020 8369 5496.

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