Artsmark With RIO

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Artsmark – Inspiring young people through the arts and culture We believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work. Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding. That’s why…

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RIO Bridge Website Relaunch

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We are very excited to officially relaunch our redesigned Bridge website! As Bridge Organisation for the South West, we can provide specialist support to organisations around the Arts Award and Artsmark, to help embed the Arts Council’s Quality Principles and to develop Cultural Education Plans. We also help deliver the Arts Council’s Cultural Education Challenge through supporting the development of…

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Market Hall - VR goggles

The Market Hall and VRWC 2017

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How is the VR (Virtual Reality) market evolving and where does the Market Hall fit into this emerging trend? I had the pleasure of visiting the VRWC 2017 (Virtual Reality World Congress) conference, last month in Bristol. It was amazing experience filled with talks by industry experts, workshops centred around an expo demonstrating some of the leading technology in the…

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Game changer - European funding

European Funding is a Game Changer

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A project to support young people in Cornwall and the isles of Scilly into work or long-term learning has received £3.1m of European Social Funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities project.  The funding will enable a programme of support that will help young people improve their personal and employability skills and progression into employment and learning.  The investment…

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Plans for expansion of Bake House

Bakehouse success on the rise as expansion plans are announced

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Column Bakehouse, the successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall, has announced plans to open a second café outlet and a ‘Bakehouse Stores’ shop inside Ocean Studios at the prestigious Royal William Yard, Plymouth. The Bakehouse which is run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – was opened in 2013 and has grown from strength to…

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Mayors chains with lights

Chains of change at Devonport Guildhall Exhibition

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A highly unusual exhibition of Mayoral Chains opens at Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, this week (running 9-19 May, 2017) in a photographic show which challenges traditional notions and symbols of power and status and profiles the growing power of grass roots communities. The Mayor’s Chains – Who Leads Communities Now? is a collection of photography from David Partner, that illustrates how…

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Devonport Game Jam participants showcasing game

48 hour Global Game Jam comes to Plymouth

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Devonport’s first Game Jam was held at the weekend at Devonport Guildhall in partnership with RIO, City College Plymouth and Plymouth Game Devs. As part of the international Game Jam competition, Ludum Dare, the event saw 40 keen gamers come together in a friendly two day challenge of creating video games, held to encourage technology driven career pathways for young…

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Graphene

Blood, Sweat and Infrastructure (oh, and graphene?)

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By Ed Whitelaw Anyone who’s worked in the third sector for some time will well understand both the value and challenges of third sector infrastructure organisations. On the one hand, they have been critical to the success of the sector over the years; campaigning as the advocate and voice for the sector; levering vital resources and funding; providing for peer…

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