Local Cultural Education Partnerships

In response to the Cultural Education Challenge we are working in the majority of Yorkshire and the Humber’s 15 local authority areas to establish local Cultural Education Partnerships. We want to ensure every child and young person has access to a consistent offer of high quality arts and cultural education. Each partnership will reflect the identity and needs of its own local area. We are bringing partners together to help them establish a shared approach to removing identified barriers to access to arts and culture faced by children and young people in their local community.

Local Cultural Education Partnership Status

Fusion - Barnsley Cultural Education Partnership 

An established LCEP, Fusion’s strategic approach to partnership has led to the creation of 5 strong working groups that are developing a partnership approach to delivering new and exciting cultural opportunities for children and young people in Barnsley. It is due to begin delivering on its plans for new approaches to working with children, young people, families and education establishments in 2019. 

For more information about joining Fusion, please contact Victoria Dawes (victoriadawes@barnsley.gov.uk).

Bradford Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Bradford LCEP is working towards creating a framework of 25 cultural activities for young people to access by the time they are 25 alongside the development of a place-based curriculum for Bradford. The LCEP has 2 quarterly task and finish groups working on the following areas:  CPD & Audience and Reach. There are also 2 wider group network meetings each year. 

For more information or to join one of the groups then please contact Tom Howell (Tom@weareive.com).

Calderdale Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Calderdale LCEP is currently forming: visioning and governance days were held in November 2018. The Creative Learning Guild and Calderdale Music Trust are leading the partnership. For further information or to join the mailing list, please contact Ruth Gamble (ruth@creativelearningguild.co.uk).

DCEP – Doncaster Local Cultural Education Partnership 

One of the longest-standing LCEPs in our region, DCEP sits within the Local Authority’s Cultural Strategy.  The partnership brings together people from arts and cultural organisations, educational institutions and the local authority to drive a joined-up local arts and cultural offer, share resources and knowledge, and strengthen and increase high-quality arts for children and young people across the borough both inside and outside of school. DCEP has been delivering work since 2016. For more information, please visit: https://doncastercep.org.uk/about-us/  

To get in touch, please contact Jo McQuade (jo.mcquade@doncaster.gov.uk).

East Riding Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Following a consensus building workshop in summer 2018, the East Riding LCEP has formed a Steering Group and a Wider Group who have collectively developed an Action Plan with a vision of:

“Every child and young person in the East Riding will have the chance to create, engage, experience and be inspired by high quality art, culture and heritage.” 

Partners in the East Riding are keen to collaborate more, which given the geographical spread of organisations will be key to achieving aims set out in the action plan. 

To get involved in the East Riding LCEP, please contact Susan Cairns (susan@weareive.org).

Hull Local Cultural Education Partnership 

The Hull LCEP has recently been re-launched after a busy year in 2017 when Hull was the UK City of Culture. 2017 saw a big change across the city and the make-up of the LCEP changed a lot in terms of the membership. The new group went through a consensus building process in September 2018 which resulted in a new action plan being created with an up to date focus. The Hull LCEP is currently in the last stage of finalising its Steering Group which will work on refining the action plan in the coming months. 

To join the Hull LCEP, please contact Susan Cairns (susan@weareive.org).

EvoKe / Kirklees Local Cultural Education Partnership 

An established LCEP, Evoke has developed a strong and strategic partnership, drawing from the Local Authority, Cultural and Education Sectors. In 2018, it launched Our Biennale – a creative arts festival for children and young people. It delivers a dynamic Network Meeting each school term and is developing work with the Schools Curriculum Network and Kirklees Hubs.

For more information, please visit: http://www.evokekirklees.org  

To join EvoKe, please contact Caroline Courtney (caroline@weareive.org).

Leeds Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Leeds LCEP’s mission is to address inequality in Leeds by ensuring all children and young people have access to a high quality arts and cultural education offer that responds to their needs. It brings together arts, cultural, educational and community organisations, businesses and the local authority to create an evidence-based, joined-up approach to strategy and investment. For further information or to join the mailing list, please contact Caroline Courtney (caroline@Weareive.org). 

North East Lincolnshire Local Cultural Education Partnership 

We are in the early stages of developing North East Lincolnshire’s Local Cultural Education Partnership. To find out more or to get involved, please contact Elaine Burke who will be happy to help (burke.elaine@gmail.com).

North Lincolnshire LCEP 

The first open meeting for the North Lincolnshie LCEP is on 12th November between 4pm and 6pm at Baths Hall in Scunthorpe. 

For more information, please contact Dave Herbert (Dave@weareive.org).

Rotherham LCEP  

The Embassy for Re-imagining Rotherham is currently working with Dave Herbert, an IVE associate, to undergo a Theory of Change process. By Christmas, it will have a clear action plan for the next year in detail and clear milestones for the next 6 years. They have been meeting regularly for over a year and, as well as pooling resources towards school holidays arts & cultural programmes, they have also been working on much longer-term strategies to improve and increase the opportunities for all children and young people, and their families, in Rotherham. 

For more information, please contact Dave Herbert (dave@Weareive.org).

Scarborough Local Cultural Education and Community Partnership 

The Scarborough LCECP (Local Cultural Education and Community Partnership) merged with another group in Scarborough during summer 2018 called the Creative Driver Partnership. They have recently appointed a new Chair Person who can help drive things forward during this exciting phase of development. Scarborough has an action plan which follows consultation with both the LCECP and CDP during the merger process. 

To join the Scarborough LCEP, please contact Susan Cairns (susan@weareive.org).

Create Sheffield / Sheffield Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Create Sheffield is the name of the cultural education partnership in Sheffield.  It has a formal Board and will have a city-wide membership offer by early 2019.  In order to get updates, please sign up to the monthly newsletter by emailing: createsheffieldinfo@gmail.com.  They have a website is in development, but meanwhile information can be found on the following page: http://www.learnsheffield.co.uk/Partnerships/Create-Sheffield.

Twitter @CreateSheff

Facebook @CreateSheffieldAdventures

Instagram @createsheffield

To join Create Sheffield, please contact Sophie Hunter (createsheffieldinfo@gmail.com).

Wakefield Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Wakefield Cultural Education Partnership is in its infancy supported by a steering group made up of representatives from The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield Museums, The Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield Music Hub, The National Coal Mining Museum.

The group is mapping the cultural provision for children and young people across Wakefield to gain a true picture of what is on offer and what is being taken up in order to support children and young people and cultural providers moving forward.

If you provide cultural, creative activities for children and young people in Wakefield please do let us know by contacting Natalie Walton, IVE Associate (nataliedawnwalton@gmail.com).

York Local Cultural Education Partnership 

Vision: Every child in York will have the opportunity to participate in the wide arts and cultural offer of the city – ensuring access to and improved quality of life, educational and employment outcomes.

Mission: To support children and young people in York to become the cultural citizens of the future – reflecting the continued role of the city as a leading cultural centre and designated UNESCO City of Media Arts. 

For more information and to join York LCEP, please contact Deborah Welch (deborah@weareive.org).

Who can join an LCEP?

Cultural education partners include:

  • Schools and networks of schools.
  • Youth and community organisations.
  • Local authorities.
  • Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations.
  • Other arts and cultural organisations.
  • Colleges and universities.
  • Music Education Hubs.
  • Museums.
  • Heritage organisations.
  • Libraries.
  • Film education organisations.
  • Voluntary sector organisations.
  • Other individuals in the arts and cultural sector.

For more information:

Please click the following link.

How can you get involved?

If you would like to find out how to get involved in your local cultural education partnership please email the appropriate Project Support Officer:

South Yorkshire: april@weareIVE.org 

West Yorkshire: caroline@weareIVE.org

North Yorkshire, York and the Humber: sarahf@weareIVE.org

For background information on each of the local authority areas you can view our Yorkshire and the Humber area summaries of ACE Data Portal. 

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

We are IVE Ltd in our Arts Council England Bride role act as conveners of Local Cultural Education Partnerships across the Yorkshire & Humber area.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that any information or guidance provided is accurate and up to date we do not warrant, nor do we accept any liability or responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of the advice, or for any loss or consequential loss which may arise from the reliance on the information contained in it. We are not responsible for claims brought by third parties arising from your use of the guidance. It is advised that LCEP members use their own professional advisors before relying or acting on information provided by We are IVE.

We are IVE do not accept any liability or responsibility for LCEP organized events. Any LCEP events shall require each member to hold public liability insurance through their organisation to provide cover for all claims (including but not to the exclusion of) personal injury or damage to property claims.

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