Be a part of Start

Through Start, Children & the Arts annually supports between 8 to 10 arts venues across the UK to create strong, long-term partnerships with local schools in deprived areas.

There are over 25,000 state schools in the UK, many of which do not have the funding to open their students’ eyes to creative experiences outside of the school environment. Start is an arts engagement programme providing the support, infrastructure and ideas for arts venues to connect with local schools who aren’t already engaging their pupils in creative experiences outside of school.


By becoming a Start arts partner you will:

Application Details

Start partners are selected annually via a two stage application process.

Please note that the Start programme is currently closed to new applications.

We are currently reviewing the application process for Start, and will be announcing further information in due course. Please check back for up to date information and details of how to apply, later in the year.