So what is the CEP anyway?

A few years ago, the Arts Council (ACE) launched the Cultural Education Challenge which was a “call for the art, culture and education sectors to work together in offering a consistent and high quality art and cultural education for all children and young people.

In order to deliver this, ACE created Bridge organisations, such as Artswork, which runs the SE Bridge, who were tasked with facilitating Local Cultural Education Partnerships or LCEPS.

CEPs are less about culture in terms of different global cultural groups (although that might form part of music, drama, dance, art, etc), and more about ensuring that schools are able to deliver a well rounded, creative curriculum (plus extra-curricular experiences) in partnership with excellent cultural (arts and heritage) organisations.

The Isle of Wight CEP meets monthly to discuss how they can work together through funded projects to support schools. It is through these partner projects that fantastic opportunities can be delivered, such as:

  • Lift the Lid –  Access to Arts Award and Artsmark opportunities
  • Museums and Schools – Free workshops and travel
  • Mardi Gras – Free workshops, opportunity to join in an Island-wide celebration

We welcome Isle of Wight teachers and other arts and heritage organisations (with an educational offer) to CEP meetings and would like to encourage you, if you are able to join us on the second Tuesday of every month. We have regular representatives from Medina College and Christ the King. You can find out who is part of the CEP and when the next CEP meeting is on the Lift the Lid website.

We recently explored what the CEP actually is as a group, and this is a list of the responses:

Partners working together so that all children and young people on the Isle of Wight can have great cultural education.

The CEP is a partnership of places that provide culture on the IOW. The CEP aims to help young people access culture on the IOW.

A cooperative group of museums, schools and cultural organisations, working to enable young people to access the fab cultural opportunities on the IOW. Giving support to each other, sharing ideas and information.

The CEP is an informed partnership of arts organisations, schools and educators whose aim is to champion cultural learning for CYP on the Ilse of Wight. Its purpose is advocacy for cultural learning and PRACTICAL offering support to all practitioners.

An organisation which brings together cultural organisations that support culture with young people who work together to improve this offer to young people on the Island.

Raise profile of Arts in the IOW community.

Engage children/teachers/parents to participate on what we have to offer through arts projects, Lift the Lid, etc.

The Joys of Art in our life.

A group of ‘champions’ from a variety of cultural backgrounds/organisations on the IW who are working collaboratively to engage children and young people in arts/heritage, by

  • Improving knowledge & understanding
  • Access

Collaboration of like-minded professional with the common interest of progressing and developing the arts and cultural activities on the Isle of Wight.

A group trying to help children engage with their local heritage whether science, arts or history. Active, Involved, Fun.

A partnership of arts, heritage and cultural organisations that work together to offer schools Great opportunities in the Arts.

A meeting of representatives from various ‘cultural’ organisations across the Island – meeting, collaborating, sharing ideas, trying ti improve Arts (cultural) provision for young people on the Island.

Cultural Expo 2018

The Cultural Expo on Tuesday 9 October, attracted nearly 30 teachers from almost 20 schools, coming to meet together to talk all things ‘Heritage and Arts’.

Teachers browse stands at the Cultural Expo.

With a video introduction from Island MP, Bob Seeley, plus welcoming words from Paul Armfield of Quay Arts, the afternoon included a very special choral performance from Gurnard Primary School’s choir, cake and presentations from:

  • Lorraine Cheshire of Artswork, the South East’s Bridge organisation
  • Chantal Thomas, a teacher from Gurnard Primary School
  • Robert Baisley from St. George’s School
  • Virgil Phillpott, Museum Manager of Carisbrooke Castle Museum on the Museums and Schools project

View the video welcome from MP, Bob Seeley.

There is a short write up in the County Press.

Both Gurnard Primary School and St. George’s School are on their Artsmark journey. If you would like to know more about Artsmark, which is an award for the whole school, you can view the website or read more about Artsmark on the Island.

We are also keen for pupils to take up Arts Award, which is an award for individual pupils. You can read more about Arts Award on the Island on the link at the top of the page.

We are looking forward to next year already! So if you would like to help us shape the Cultural Expo 2019, then get in touch on our contact page.