Bridge organisations

There are 10 regional Bridge organisations funded by Arts Council England to use their experience and expertise to connect children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture.

Bridge organisations will continue to support schools to achieve their Artsmark award through the delivery of Artsmark Development Days. These events will explain your journey ahead, support your high level planning for the arts in your school and allow you to network with other schools in your area.

In addition, each Bridge organisation creates its own offer to support the development of Artsmark within their region. Contact details for your local Bridge organisation are listed below:


A New Direction

020 7608 2132


Festival Bridge*

01603 877750

East/ South East

Royal Opera House**

01708 892824

South East

Artswork Ltd

023 8033 2491

Kristianne Drake, Artsmark and Arts Award Manager / 

East Midlands

The Mighty Creatives
0116 2616 834

West Midlands

Arts Connect

0121 446 3204

Helen Frost, Programme Developer, Artsmark and Arts Award

South West 

Real Ideas Organisation

08458 621288

North East

Culture Bridge North East

N.B. Artsmark is being delivered by The Forge working in partnership with Culture Bridge North East.

The Forge: 01207 284515

North West

Curious Minds

01772 827001

Yorkshire and the Humber

Cape UK

0113 322 3050

* Festival Bridge covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

** The Royal Opera House Bridge covers Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, the unitary authority of Medway and the North Kent districts of Dartford, Gravesham and Swale.

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's so important that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhoods.

Artsmark does fantastic work in school across the country, bringing high quality arts and culture into the classroom.

Matt Hancock
Minister of State for Digital and Culture
Department for Culture, Media and Sport