The Cultural Education Challenge

The Cultural Education Challenge is our 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. 

Through the Cultural Education Challenge, we want to make sure that more children and young people can create, compose, and perform. We want every child to have the chance to visit, experience and participate in extraordinary work, and be able to know more, understand more, and review the experiences they’ve had. 

The Cultural Education Challenge asks art and cultural organisations, educational institutions and local authorities to come together to drive a joined-up art and cultural offer locally, to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural education through Cultural Education Partnerships. The Arts Council aims to establish Cultural Education Partnerships across the country in places where there is most need. 

A network of 10 Bridge Organisations located across the country will take forward these partnerships.

We launched the Cultural Education Challenge in October 2015, and you can watch a short film explaining the aims of the Challenge below.

All of our children deserve all the chances we can give them in life, irrespective of where they begin their journey.  Althea Efunshile, Deputy Chief Executive, Arts Council England.

You can also download the speeches from the event here:

Darren Henley 
PDF | Word

Althea Enfunshile
PDF | Word

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Photo: Matt Austin / Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery 2. Urban Development urban artist school. Photo © Alexis Maryon. 3. Shakespeare Week activities in Stratford, 2014. Photo © Alan Fletcher. 4. Pitt Rivers Museum. Photo © University of Oxford. 5. Theatre Alibi - Olive & The Dream Train. Photo © Steve Tanner