Children & the Arts is actively seeking passionate and committed partner arts organisations to work with us to develop and deliver Start for primary, secondary and special schools around the UK.

Applications are currently open for prospective Start partners in particular regions in England.  To find out more, please click one of the links below. 

Start East Midlands, in partnership with The Mighty Creatives
Start Yorkshire, in partnership with Cape UK   
Start North West, in partnership with Curious Minds   

Through Start, Children & the Arts provides funding and practical support to enable arts organisations across the UK to form partnerships with primary and secondary schools in their local area. Start allows children who have little or no experience of the UK’s rich culture – children who may never have been to a play, heard a live piece of classical music or visited their local art gallery – to experience the very best of the UK’s arts heritage.

I have learnt that art is a pathway where anything is possible.

Pupil, Start at Saatchi Gallery, London

Through Start children will discover that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible and exciting places to be, inspiring cultural engagement that continues beyond the life of the project.  During the 2016/17 academic year, Children & the Arts is working with 20 venues and will reach over 8000 children with transformative arts education projects.

Children love all opportunities to learn outside of the classroom but the experience and pride they have gained, particularly from seeing their work on exhibition at the gallery, has been immeasurable

Teacher, Start at Edinburgh Festival City Theatres Trust