The Culture Challenge Peer to Peer Development Retreat

19th October 2017 – 10am – 3pm – The Chellington Centre


This day is for teachers and cultural providers who want to spend some time reflecting on their work with young people and the arts, with a particular focus on project design, funding and the easy integration of Arts Award. You are invited to join us for a day of reflection, peer to peer support and practical exercises designed to make your creative and cultural work with young people the best it can be.

All participants will explore practical approaches to designing impactful creative projects which both meet the needs of different stakeholders and are logistically manageable. We will also provide practical examples and resources for easily integrating Arts Award Discover into a range of creative projects. Together we will undertake a funding exercise using live funding opportunities resulting in a draft application from each attendee. The day will end with peer to peer sharing across the sectors and will provide useful insight on how the sectors of education and culture can work together to achieve the best outcomes for young people.

This event is free to all Culture Challenge providers and educational professionals working in Bedfordshire, but booking is essential. To ensure time and space for deep engagement there are only 12 places. Expect deep networking with professionals from both the arts and education settings. We aim for 50 / 50 representation from the cultural and education sectors.

To book a space, please email listing your name, what school / organisation you work for and your role within it, your contact details and your access and dietary requirements.


To provide space and support to professionals from both education and cultural settings to improve their creative and cultural offer for young people through effective project design, application of Arts Award, and successful but simple funding applications.

By the end of the day participants will have:

  • Deepened and widened their network within the sector.
  • Practically explored the design of creative projects that work within their setting, and meet the needs of stakeholders.
  • Explored ways to easily incorporate Arts Award Discover using free Culture Challenge resources.
  • Undertaken a draft funding application activity (free stamps to anyone brave enough to send it!)


10:00 – Welcome, refreshments and introductions

10:30 – Designing creative projects that work well for schools – Kayte Judge & Jo Atherton

12:00 – Easy ways to incorporate Arts Award Discover into your creative projects

12:45 – Lunch & reflective exercise

13:15 – The Culture Challenge Funding party – a ‘have a go’ session at simple funding applications for teachers and cultural providers

14:30 – Peer to peer feedback – Kayte Judge

A facilitated discussion designed to consolidate your reflections and insight from the day, and to identify your practical next steps with regard to evaluation and communication.

14:55 – Plenary

15:00 – Close