Children & the Arts, in partnership with Cape UK, is actively seeking passionate and committed partner cultural organisations to work with us to develop and deliver Start for primary, secondary and special schools in Yorkshire. 

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What is Start?

Start is the flagship programme of national arts education charity Children & the Arts.  Start gives children in disadvantaged circumstances, who are missing out on a creative and cultural education, access to high quality arts experiences that increase their confidence, boost their self-esteem and raise their aspirations.  Start is now in its tenth year, and has supported over 100 arts partners and reached over 120,000 children. 

Each Start project produces creative opportunities for 300 to 700 children per year, aged 4 to 16.  Start targets primary, secondary and special schools with high disadvantage indicators, including free school meals, English as an additional language, special educational needs and rural isolation. Start partners come from every art form including theatre, music, visual arts, dance, opera, poetry, story-telling, carnival and circus arts.


Start in Yorkshire

Children & the Arts and Cape UK are delighted to be working in partnership to extend the reach and impact of Start in Yorkshire.  We are seeking four new partnerships to deliver projects starting in September 2017 in Bradford, Doncaster, East Riding and Rotherham.  


Why apply?

Through Start, cultural venues gain access to funding, expertise and resources to develop a three-year arts education project for local schools.  Start partners engage schools they have not worked with before, bringing new audiences into their venue. 


“No other project we deliver has such a big impact. The structure of the project enables us to develop long term relationships with schools and by inspiring and upskilling teachers, the reach of the project goes further than just the pupils we work with directly”.  Jo Dean, Head of Learning, Northern Ballet, Leeds.


Who should apply?

Cultural venues working in the following areas are invited to apply: Bradford, Doncaster, East Riding and Rotherham.  


How do you apply?

Application is a one-stage process.  Prospective partners will complete an application form with information about the project they would like to deliver.Applications will be reviewed by a panel and the strongest projects will be awarded grants.  

The application form and guidelines can be found here:

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 31 March 2017.  Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 12 May 2017.  

For more information about Start or for support with the application process, please contact Lydia Lewison, Senior Programme Manager, Children & the Arts on 020 3326 2232


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