Our Values


Embedding the narrative that everyone is an artist through creative education and allowing individuals to explore through imagination. Artistic and cultural experience to be at the heart of children and young people’s lives.


We aim to respond to the needs of our community by establishing an always growing network across the region forming strong relationships between partners and schools. 


A strong focus on nature and the environment as well as maintaining sustainable relationships with our collaborators. Building cultural infrastructure that has longevity and incorporates a hybrid model, encompassing new technologies. Laying the foundations for the next generation of creatives in BANES, creating opportunities for bright futures.


Accessibility & radical inclusion at the forefront of everything BCEP stands for and delivers.  Offering an expansive portfolio of knowledge and resources that aim to have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. 


Our Story

In 2016, The Arts Council launched The Cultural Education Challenge as an invitation to local authorities, schools, and music hubs to partner with colleges, universities, and cultural arts organisations to collaborate on a consistent offer of cultural education to children and young people. Since then, around 100 partnerships have been formed across the UK to pool resources and expertise in order to respond to needs detected in their areas.

Ten Bridge Organisations have carried out the implementation. In our area, RIO supported and enabled the creation of the Bath Cultural Education Partnership.

BCEP’s vision is a city and local region where children and young people’s pathways to creative and cultural engagement are clear and accessible to all from birth. We want to celebrate and utilise the myriad high-quality opportunities in the region and create new ones. We aim to nurture a community of thriving young people who are active agents in their creative learning and practice. Our current cultural, creative, and education partners' mission is to work collaboratively to ensure a dynamism of cultural and creative possibilities.

We want to engage schools as our key stakeholders, supporting us to provide more significant opportunities to improve the education of young people!


The Team

Andrea Harris
Head of Development
Theatre Royal Bath
Andy Salmon
Pro-Vice-Chancellor External
Bath Spa University
Dr Chris Stephens
Director of the Holburne Museum
Holburne Museum
Dr Penny Hay
Director of Research & Senior Lecturer
House of Imagination & Bath Spa University
Estelle Greeley
Interim Co-Manager
B&NES Music Education Hub and Music Service
Hannah Jackson
Creative Digital Intern
Bath Spa University
Hazel Plowman
Head of Creative Learning
Bath Festivals
Ian Stockley
Chief Executive
Bath Festivals
James Moore
Head of Education
Theatre Royal Bath
Jayne Rochford-Smith
Head Teacher
St Andrews Church School
Kate Cross
The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath
Laura Knight
Creative Learning Producer
The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath
Louise Campion
Learning & Engagement Lead
Holburne Museum
Maria Santelices
Creative Coordinator
Mimi Doulton
Development Officer
Action for Childrens Arts
Ruth Keily
Mentoring Plus
Ruth Yoxon
Learning and Engagement Officer
Bath Preservation Trust
Sarah James
Creativity Works
Simone Homes
General Manager
Bath Philharmonic
Tim Parker
Interim Co-Manager
B&NES Music Education Hub and Music Service
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