Sally Gorton – Curious Minds

Sally Gorton

June 11, 2021

Bubble Up Summer Commissions

Curious Minds is pleased to be working with school and local authority commissioners in communities across the North West to organise extra-time cultural learning clubs, to take place during summer 2021.
May 26, 2021

Young at Heart

Often, conversations around youth leadership understandably focus on the benefit this has for young people. But, behind each of the success stories is a story less often told of the individual adults who have enabled the young people’s success.
April 28, 2021

Proof Positive

Art and creativity implicitly strengthen the character of young people. All practitioners working in the cultural education sector know this. In Summer 2020, Curious Minds partnered with Goldsmiths, University of London for an ambitious research program that seeks to help researchers and practitioners back this up with empirical data.
March 23, 2021
Young person and facilitator at a Hope Streets Hope Hub meeting in 2019

Creative Kickstart

Curious Minds is working closely with national and regional partners to support a wide range of employers as they open their doors to young people who need the opportunity the most. 
March 10, 2021
Dancers from Formby High School

Surging Forward in Sefton

At a time of austerity and constriction, Sefton’s Local Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) is determined to maintain a high profile for its provision for the arts and creativity across its educational and community providers. Despite the new and additional challenges created by the pandemic, lockdown and school closures, their plans remain hopeful, challenging and ambitious.
March 2, 2021
Young Bubble Up participants in Claremont make a camera obscura during summer 2020

Recovery Learning: Pass the Baton

An open letter to Gavin Williamson. This summer it’s time to pass the education recovery baton to the nation’s expert army of creative educators, to give our children a summer of creative fun, friendship and freedom wherever they live.
February 5, 2021

Creativity Exchange

This February, Arts Council England (ACE) has launched Creativity Exchange, a new online community to encourage teaching for creativity across the curriculum. Designed for school leaders, teachers and cultural organisations who work with schools, this platform will be a place for creative inspiration and to share innovative practice in education.
January 22, 2021
Hope Rises Image

High Hopes

The youth-led Festival of Hope, part of Curious Minds' flagship youth heritage project, Hope Streets, has been shortlisted in the 'Best Arts Project' category of the Hearts for the Arts Awards 2021.
November 30, 2020
Young person holding microphone enjoys performing with other choir members

Liverpool LCEP in Focus

What tangible difference are Local Cultural Education Partnership making for young people in North West England and how are they uniquely position to effect real change where its needed most? Curious Minds asked Sarah Bailey, cultural education consultant and facilitator, to take a look at how the Liverpool Partnership has been able to make connections that really count.
November 23, 2020
A row of colourful bells laid across a red table with pieces of paper out of focus on the end fo the table.

Curious about… Affinity Groups?

An exciting opportunity for both emerging and experienced teaching artists and creative practitioners to work with international equity, inclusion and anti-racism expert
November 18, 2020
Two young adults plan a project together

Prepared for Change

Curious Minds' Head of Careers & Employability, Holly Ball, considers the vital skills cultural education offers young people, as they prepare for a rapidly changing and unpredictable employment landscape.
November 10, 2020
Stockport Grammar School Drama Class

Lessons from Lockdown

Matt King-Sayce, Head of Drama at Stockport Grammar School, shares his retrospective on leading the Arts in lockdown
October 16, 2020

Cultural Education Unlocked

Curious Minds is delighted to announce the shortlisted finalists of the North West Cultural Education Awards 2020. This year we will be celebrating the individuals and teams in our region’s schools, arts and cultural sectors who have gone above and beyond to bring creative and cultural learning to life for children and young people through the period of national lockdown.
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