Bedford Culture Providers

Culture Challenge

Bedford Culture Providers


The Culture Challenge


A new resource for schools in Bedfordshire


The Culture Challenge aims to increase the number of young people accessing, enjoying and making great art and culture by providing clear details of cultural providers, and venues, in your local area. The website is both a ‘call-to-action’ and a directory and can be used by teachers, young people and parents.


Research identified by The Cultural Learning Alliance shows that when young people engage with the arts, not only does their attainment across all areas improve, but their future prospects have the potential to improve too.


This is where The Culture Challenge comes in. Use the website to search for quality cultural and creative practitioners, and venues, who can work with you to provide a tailored experience for your students, which supports the school curriculum. Just search by category, topic, artform or location


The website also contains the challenge itself – a culture checklist that’s been developed in consultation with teachers, young people, and cultural and creative providers. It outlines 30 cultural experiences that all young people should have before they leave school. This checklist can be used by an individual learner, or as a simple audit or discussion tool within a class or year group. However it’s used, the aim is simple – to generate ideas for cultural activities and an appetite for doing more. Take the checklist here


We offer a range of downloadable resources to help you work best with the cultural sectors, find print friendly checklists, certificates and guidance documents here:



We regularly apply for and distribute funding to schools for cultural activity. To sure you hear about these Culture Vouchers first sign up to our mailing list




Bedford Creative Arts


Bedford Creative Arts is a contemporary charity that delivers a programme of artist commissions, events, projects, and workshops. It is inclusive, caters for a wide audience, and provides new opportunities for artists.


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