Nottingham's Cultural Education Partnership

Nottingham's Cultural Education Partnership

Nottingham's Cultural Education Partnership Nottingham's Cultural Education Partnership Nottingham's Cultural Education Partnership

Operations Partners

ChalleNGe Operations partners have agreed to:

Align resources and add value to existing provision - only creating new, where new is needed. 

ChalleNGe Operation partners will be:

Generous – giving children and young people the option to steer their own cultural course
Honest – critically appraising their work and sharing their learning 

Flexible – adapting to new and changing trends and preferences of younger people 

Responsive – directly responding to young people’s needs 

Educational Partners

We are encouraging every city school to have at least one named 'Cultural Challenger'. 

We have representatives from schools on the Operations group - if you are interested in this role, please get in touch. 

Cultural Partners

Baby People


Baby People is a music and arts development organisation; a dedicated Hip Hop school using art and culture to engage and support  young people.



An artist-led gallery and studio space based in Nottingham, hosting an annual programme of events and exhibitions



Broadway support young people to begin their film and artistic careers, and mid-career talent to progress further.

Nottingham Castle


Reopening in 2021, Nottingham Castle will inspire learners with the real and imagined events that shaped our country’s democracy and human rights, especially the ever-resonant stories of Robin Hood and Rebellion! Alongside these incredible narratives visitors will discover Nottingham’s rich history, heritage and creativity through the collections. New website coming soon!

City Arts


City Arts works with young people aged 13 - 17 years, developing skills and supporting wellbeing in a safe creative environment.

Community Arts Festivals


Nottingham has a host of annual week-long local arts festivals organised by dedicated volunteers, residents and artists - bringing together schools and local community groups to celebrate creativity!  

Bestwood Cultural Festival

Bulwell Arts Festival 

Bilborough Arts Festival 

Wollaton Festival 

Sherwood Art Week 

Creative Quarter


The CQ is an economic development agency, jointly owned by Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham City Council, to be a catalyst and an enabler of Nottingham’s future success.  They support creative businesses to start-up, to spin-out, to grow and to thrive and host Young Creatives Club events in collaboration with the Young Creative Awards.

Dance 4


Dance4 work in partnership with schools to better connect children and young people to the opportunities they offer, from taking part in performances to working with professional artists. They support teachers to develop their own professional dance practice.  Dance4 and School



Ignite! link up scientists and creative practitioners to deliver projects with pupils where they explore science in a different way. They forge new partnerships to create exciting and engaging educational projects; and work internationally - in Nottingham, London, Europe and Africa.  Ignite Creative Schools 

Lakeside, Uni of Nottingham


Lakeside offer regular Youth Theatre, Gallery Art Groups and Young Archaeologists Clubs for a range of ages and interests. There are Summer Schools, opportunities for young people to work towards their Arts Award or Artsmark qualifications and CPD sessions for teachers. Take Part and Learn 

National Justice Museum


Based at Nottingham’s historic courthouse and County Gaol, the National Justice Museum provides an exciting insight into law, crime and justice.  They offer an extensive range of workshops, directly linked to museum collections and exhibitions.  National Justice Museum website

New Art Exchange


Schools and other education providers are warmly welcomed to New Art Exchange and invited to take part in a lively programme of activities that has relevance to the National Curriculum but also extends beyond it. Learning at NAE



Nonsuch runs Youth Theatre workshops, schools projects and city-wide young producers programmes.  They have new Studios in the city centre, bringing music, comedy and theatre performances.

Get involved 

Nott'm City Museums & Galleries


A variety of curriculum-based facilitated sessions for school pupils of all ages are offered across Nottingham Museums sites. Link to schools programme team: Creative Learning

Nottingham Libraries


There are 15 libraries around the city, many regularly host school visits and provide workshops, performances, activities and talks. 

Find your local library here 

Nottingham Contemporary


Explore international art at the Gallery with lots of free resources and support for schools.  There are also resources to support emotional wellbeing, speaking and listening, creative writing, and ESOL. Link to Learning team pages: Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Music Hub


Nottingham Music Hub are committed to making music more accessible and inclusive. They support young people from across the city to develop their musical skills and participate in diverse ensembles and performances in partnership with schools. 

Nottingham Playhouse


Nottingham Playhouse welcomes children and young people to the theatre, with performance and workshop packages and youth drama opportunities around the city.  Link to schools team: Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature


The UNESCO City of Literature team work collaboratively with partner organisations to develop new writing talent and produce events and programmes to inspire young people.



Primary is an artist-led space that supports creative research through artist studios and residencies, public exhibitions and events.

Theatre Royal and Concert Hall


TRCH is the Lead Theatre Partner in the RSC Associate School Programme in Nottingham, working with the RSC and the P6P to bring about a significant change in the way young people experience, engage with, and take ownership of the work of Shakespeare.  Link to Creative Learning team: TRCH team