News

The latest news, views and blogs from Real Ideas

22nd November, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Sky Access All Arts Week is Back!

Sky Arts is inviting every single primary school teacher and child across the UK and Ireland to take part in Access All Arts week, a nationwide celebration of the arts from 19-23 June 2023.

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22nd November, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Free Schools Playwriting Programme

Papatango are an award-winning theatre company working with young people in London and the South West of England through their creative learning and professional development programme, GoWrite.

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18th November, 2022
Case Study |

How Game Changer persisted through a lockdown and used art to build confidence - Lucy's & Keith's Story

Keith first worked on Game Changer sessions a few years ago, with Real Ideas Organisation in their office in Liskeard. The idea was to engage young adults with drawing workshops, specifically using manga-related art.

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14th November, 2022
Blog | Enterprise Support |

Love the game you play

I had tears in my eyes on Saturday morning ...

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14th November, 2022
Case Study |

“I would recommend the programme to anybody who is a little bit lost and needs support.” - Shane's Story

Shane joined the Compass programme in May 2022 and quickly threw himself into all that was on offer. Learning an array of new cooking skills as well as gaining an understanding of sustainable food practice.

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4th November, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Artsmark at Fowey River Academy

Artsmark school Fowey River Academy have been busy developing their Arts and Culture offer. This Artsmark Celebration Week they're sharing some of their wonderful projects and their plans for the future!

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2nd November, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Teaching Resources and Virtual Workshops from the Eden Project

The Eden Project education team have put together "a range of free curriculum and lessons plans can that help you teach both primary and secondary classes" as well as virtual workshops and CPD.

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2nd November, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Swindon Dance Release Digital4 Live Streams

Earlier this year, Swindon Dance announced a new commission programme, the Digital4.

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2nd November, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Culture Bridge North East Conference Returns this November

Culture Bridge North East has launched its Imagine If… 2022 conference for those working in the education, arts and culture sectors.

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1st November, 2022
Blog | Enterprise Support |

Listen, understand, act

No summary available.

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20th October, 2022
Blog | Enterprise Support |

Time on my side

Time is not the enemy.

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14th October, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Pressing Matters 20!

Pressing Matters magazine is a publication full of inky inspiration, celebrating the best of modern printmaking from around the world. Made by printmakers for printmakers, it speak to artists about their creative processes and passion for print.

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14th October, 2022
Blog | Enterprise Support |

Progressing the People Working Lunch

No summary available.

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14th October, 2022
Bridge |

Early Years & The Arts: Why an arts-rich early years matters

The new Briefing paper from the Cultural Learning Alliance and the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC), published with funding from Arts Council England, sets out why an arts-rich early years matters for children.

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7th October, 2022
Blog |

GET IMMERSED!

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7th October, 2022
Blog |

Immerse Yourself in Print in Action

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6th October, 2022
Bridge |

Free Training & Mentoring for English Heritage Organisations

Applications re-opened today for Heritage Compass - the National Lottery Heritage Fund Business Support Programme. English heritage organisations looking for help to increase their resilience and funding will be given free training and mentoring.

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6th October, 2022
Bridge |

Fun Courses with Swamp Circus Trust!

Swamp Circus Trust and Circo Kernow Circus School have some exciting courses available this Autumn term.

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5th October, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

The Ultimate Guide to Printing Processes

Are you interested in Print but confused by all the terminology? What does monoprinting mean? What's a cynotype? Well this article is here to give you all the information you need to get stuck into this fun and creative art form!

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5th October, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Debby Mason!

Debby is an am an international artist printmaker, living in Plymouth. During Print in Action Festival she will be hosting a masterclass, working on a Lino cut from a drawing of plankton and printing cards with a small relief press.

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5th October, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Sarah Gregory!

Printmaker Sarah Gregory will be hosting a workshop during Print in Action Festival. Fragments in Landscape’ is an introduction into the creative process of transferring marks from the palette directory onto the papers surface using a hand held roller.

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5th October, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Mary Gillett!

Mary Gillett is a printmaker specialising in traditional etching. During Print in Action Festival she will be hosting a talk called 'The Dream That Came True'

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5th October, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Sonja Burniston!

Sonja is a collaborator, facilitator and visual communicator. With her foundations in Illustration, Sonja moves between making work in response to a company or individuals vision or from her own perspective.

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5th October, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Ismay Berncastle!

Ismay Rose Berncastle is a multi-disciplinary artist practicing in Devon and Cornwall. She is currently in the third and final year of her Painting, Drawing and Printmaking degree at Arts University Plymouth, where she is specialising in portraiture.

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5th October, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Nina Westwood!

Nina Westwood is the founder of MINSKI, an independent UK-based slow fashion collective with a focus on creating sustainable and funky clothing using a variety of hand crafting techniques.

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5th October, 2022
Blog | Enterprise Support |

The customer is always right, right?

It is called a sales process for a reason. Not to ensure you fill in the right forms, but to ensure your customer knows where they are and decide if they want to be there.

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3rd October, 2022
Blog | Immersive Dome | Jobs and opportunities |

Are you an immersive content creator? Read our tender for a 360-degree Filmmaker for an exciting project with Green Minds!

Read our tender for a 360 filmmaker.

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29th September, 2022
Blog |

Real Ideas member and Start Something Creative beneficiary Tom Nicholas.

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27th September, 2022
Bridge |

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund- Open For Applications.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Teacher Development Fund is now open for applications. The Fund supports teachers and school leaders to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver effective arts-based teaching and learning in the primary classroom.

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23rd September, 2022
Enterprise Support |

Rock, Me, Hard Place

Life is full of choices and there are not all straightforward. How do you make good decisions when the outcome will negatively someone?

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23rd September, 2022
Uncategorised |

What would they say at Nike?

No summary available.

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23rd September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Anita Reynolds!

Anita Reynolds is a British landscape printmaker & painter living and working in Devon. She works across many printing practices including Collograph, Dry Point, Monoprint, Intaglio and Linocut/ Relief.

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21st September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Luke Wade!

Luke Sebastian Wade will be joining the Print in Action Festival line up as part of Bristol Print Collective, alongside Jemma Gunning, Sonja Burniston and Victoria Willmott.

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20th September, 2022
Bridge |

Articulation Prize 2023 Applications Now Open!

Articulation is The National Gallery's nationally acclaimed public speaking initiative for young people aged between 14 and 23, designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of visual culture.

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16th September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Jemma Gunning!

As part of Bristol Print Collective, printmaker Jemma Gunning will be delivering a very exciting, interactive workshop during Print in Action Festival. We caught up with Jemma to find out more about her practice and Bristol Print Collective.

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15th September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Sarah Gillespie!

Sarah Gillespie RWA is one of the wonderful printmakers joining our Print in Action line up. Sarah has worked with Real Ideas throughout our Print in Action campaign, hosting workshops, live demonstrations and exhibitions at Ocean Studios with her playful, nomadic printing press Colossal.

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13th September, 2022
Bridge |

Workshops, CPD and more with Into Film

Into Film have lots on offer for schools and educators this Autumn, including Raising Literacy, Mindfulness and the Into Film Festival!

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12th September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Peter Ursem!

Peter Ursem is a printmaker, working with linocut/relief, woodcut and mono-printing practices. During Print in Action Festival he will be delivering a presentation about his lino printing practice, including inspirations, process and challenges. We caught up with Peter to find out more about his art and what inspires him.

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12th September, 2022
Bridge |

Celebrating Diversity Festival

Calling all Primary teachers! Eastside is launching their brand new Celebrating Diversity Festival for your students to get involved with this term as part of Creativity Live.

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12th September, 2022
Bridge |

Historic Royal Palaces: Exciting Free School Visit Opportunity

Did you know that your school could be eligible to apply for the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) Access Fund for Schools 2022-23?

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12th September, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Real Ideas is heading to IMPACT 12!

Alan Qualtrough is one of our Print in Action residents, specialising in linocut, letterpress and digital printing processes. We caught up with him to find out more about his practice and his plans for Print in Action Festival!

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12th September, 2022
Blog |

Messages from the HeART at Devonport Guildhall!

Following the very successful Messages from the HeART exhibition at Ocean Studios earlier this year, Hope in the Heart, in collaboration with The Intersection and Real Ideas, brings you Messages from the HeARTlands

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8th September, 2022
Uncategorised |

Paying our respects to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

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8th September, 2022
Uncategorised |

Professional Friends

Carolyn Cresswell is co-founder of the Hustle House and one of my favourite professional friends.

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6th September, 2022
Bridge |

The Power of Print- Teacher Nurture Courses with Daisi

Daisi has been collaborating with artists and teachers to develop a range of professional development opportunities for teachers that can be accessed via zoom. 

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5th September, 2022
Press releases |

A CELEBRATION OF PRINT AT OCEAN STUDIOS

Tickets are now available for the Print in Action arts festival which takes place 21-23 October. Co-ordinated by Real Ideas, it will be a culmination of six months of Print in Action activities designed to showcase a variety of print techniques and celebrate print in all its inspiring forms.

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2nd September, 2022
Blog |

Routine

So how do we turn our routine into something that brings us joy? How do we get excited about our routine so that we embrace it, and hurtle into each day, each week, each month knowing that it is going to enable us to be our best selves in the workplace? How can our routine be our ally, rather than our enemy?

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2nd September, 2022
Blog |

The August Progressing the People Working Lunch - A Reflection

What a fantastic experience that was! For those who were able to join the Progressing the People conversation at Jabulani yesterday, we were treated not only to amazing food in a wonderful space. It was also a demonstration of one of the key themes of the day – we were made to feel completely welcome.

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1st September, 2022
Blog |

Hedgerow Hound Launch Vegan Pop Ups!

If you've visited the Market Hall, you may have come across the multi-award-winning, family food business, Hedgerow Hound. This talented foodie family from Dartmoor often supply our Real Ideas cafes with their delicious vegan food, and now, thanks to their weekly pop ups, it's even easier to get your hands on their indulgent snacks!

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30th August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Alan Qualtrough!

Alan Qualtrough is one of our Print in Action residents, specialising in linocut, letterpress and digital printing processes. We caught up with him to find out more about his practice and his plans for Print in Action Festival!

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26th August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Simon Ripley!

Print maker, Simon Ripley, will be hosting a masterclass at Print in Action Festival this October! We caught up with him to find out more about his practice.

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17th August, 2022
Bridge |

‘Owls class visit the woods: eighteen months of planning,
for a morning of magic.’

To celebrate 10 years of The Multi-Sensory Art Project, the Roche Court Educational Trust took a group of students from Silverwood School for a sensory story and workshop in Clanger Woods, Wiltshire!

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16th August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Tricia Stubberfield!

Tricia Stubberfield is one of a collective of artists chosen for a print residency at Ocean Studios as part of our Print in Action campaign

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16th August, 2022
Blog |

Top 5 Tips to Increase Digital Badge Acceptance Rates | Badge Nation

Whether you are learning about digital badges for the first time, a new or existing Badge Nation Issuer, or just looking for information on engaging with earners, here are Badge Nation’s top 5 tips for increasing acceptance rates for the digital badges you issue

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10th August, 2022
Blog | Immersive Dome | Jobs and opportunities |

Are you an immersive content creator? Read our tender to co-produce 4 new sensory experiences for individuals with SEND

Read our tender to co-produce 4 new sensory experiences for individuals with SEND.

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9th August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Eleanor Keith!

Eleanor Keith is a print maker and artist who is currently an artist in residence at Ocean Studios, as part of Print in Action. We caught up with Eleanor to find out more about her practice and what she's working on at the moment.

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8th August, 2022
Blog | News |

Plymouth's Festival of Nature is looking for organisations and volunteers!

Are you interested in showcasing your organisation's work at a green minded community event? Are you a wildlife enthusiast looking for new opportunities?

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2nd August, 2022
Blog | Print In Action |

Introducing Sue Lewry!

Sue Lewry is a printmaker-artist whose interdisciplinary practice explores materiality, testing and experimenting, crossing digital and traditional thresholds to exploit the agile art form of printmaking in both social engagement and a solo practice. She is currently a print residency holder at Ocean Studios and has some exciting workshops coming up for you to get involved in!

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2nd August, 2022
Blog |

Perhaps I went too soon

A back-heel, a dancing 8-year-old and England in the final felt like something to write about. And it was. People were talking. It was front-page news.

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29th July, 2022
Blog |

It's not a moment, it's a movement

I have to admit, I had never heard of Alessia Russo before last night. If you had asked me to guess, and given the clue that she was a sportswoman, I might have said “Italian tennis player?”.

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27th July, 2022
Blog |

New Start Something Print Residencies Announced!

Real Ideas are delighted to announce the next cohort of Start Something Print residency participants as part of Print in Action 2022.  

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26th July, 2022
Bridge |

Youth Music: Seeking a Learning Partner for a new Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Access (IDEA) Project

Youth Music are seeking a learning partner for a new Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Access (IDEA) Project.

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26th July, 2022
Bridge |

Somerset Art Weeks Festival returns for 2022

Somerset Art Weeks Festival returns for 2022 with the theme ‘Sanctuary’ - 24 September to 09 October.

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26th July, 2022
Bridge |

Announcing 15 Schools and Music Education Hub Lead Organisations Piloting Trauma-Informed Music Nurture Groups this Autumn

Fifteen primary schools across England will be piloting the second rollout of an innovative programme of inclusive music work with vulnerable young people this Autumn

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22nd July, 2022
Bridge |

Applications are open for Pathways Into Children's Publishing programme!

Pathways Into Children's Publishing is a unique, creative and professional development course for talented, aspiring illustrators from backgrounds that are under-represented in children’s publishing.

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19th July, 2022
Blog |

Is it all about the data?

No summary available.

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15th July, 2022
Press releases |

Plymouth’s £7.6 million 360° immersive dome and Market Hall turns 1 year old

Plymouth’s £7.6million Grade II listed Market Hall and 360 degree immersive dome celebrates its first birthday today, announcing an impressive set of success statistics within a short 12 months.

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15th July, 2022
Blog |

Progressing the People Agenda SW – July Working Lunch.

This month’s working lunch was blessed by a sizable turnout with a few very welcome surprises! The theme was supposed to be belonging and ED&I but positive disruption may have been more appropriate! After a quick decision to change rooms and many tables and chairs being fetched, a roundtable was set up ready for discussion. Introductions started and with that came lots of stated commitment to disruption! Breaking the system, turning traditional recruitment processes on their heads, lots that people wanted to see change around. Totally our happy space but clear it wasn’t going to be a linear conversation that played by the rules!

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13th July, 2022
Bridge | News |

Looking to the Future

Matt Little, Head of Research and Impact at Real Ideas, is here to talk about Youth Voice and the final episode of Amplify. Amplify is a series of short films profiling children & young people's voice in creative & cultural learning.

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13th July, 2022
Bridge |

Leach Pottery and How To Make Clothes join the Artsmark Partner Programme!

Having completed the Artsmark Partner Programme training, Ellen Love from Leach Pottery and Jane Norris from How To Make Clothes are now officially Artsmark Partners!

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11th July, 2022
Bridge |

Creative and Cultural Opportunities for Early Years in Plymouth

Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership (PCEP) recently hosted the third in a series of quarterly forum events, this time exploring the provision of Creative and Cultural opportunities for early years in Plymouth.

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1st July, 2022
Blog | News |

Progressing the People

June saw another great meeting of the Progressing the People working lunch as part of the C-Care inclusive growth work in Plymouth

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27th June, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Arts Award at Real Ideas

Real Ideas has been a deliverer and advocate for Arts Award since its launch in 2005. We are proud to be an Arts Award Supporter, offering opportunities for young people to access high quality arts and cultural experiences that can help them to work towards their Arts Award journey

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27th June, 2022
Bridge | Jobs and opportunities |

Call for Schools! Could you be a Print in Action Hub?

Real Ideas are seeking expressions of interest from local schools to engage with its latest Print in Action campaign at Ocean Studios, from September – December 2022.

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17th June, 2022
Blog |

The Real Ideas Podcast presents – Ed Hart with Dr Jasmine Kelland on care-giving fathers in the workplace

As many of us take a day to recognise the fathers in our worlds, we take a second to look at what employers can do for fathers that will help the whole family, and perhaps the wider economy to thrive.

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9th June, 2022
Blog |

Mark Fielding Opens his Studio for July!

Real Ideas is delighted to announce that Member Mark Fielding, based at Ocean Studios, will be opening his studio gallery to the public from July! 

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9th June, 2022
Press releases |

Plymouth’s Market Hall reaches final of the RTPI’s South West Planning Excellence Awards

The impressive rejuvenation of Plymouth’s Grade II-listed Market Hall - now home to a world-class space for digital innovation and learning, and Europe’s only 15m flat-floored immersive dome - has been selected as a regional finalist for ‘Best Project’ in the Planning Excellence 2022 awards, by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI.)

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30th May, 2022
Press releases |

BUDDING ENGINEERS HONE THEIR SKILLS THIS HALF-TERM WITH LEGO ROBOTICS FROM REAL IDEAS

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27th May, 2022
Bridge |

Digital Magazine Series Profiling Youth Voice in Creative and Cultural Learning Returns

The second series of Amplify, a digital magazine series profiling children and young people’s voice in creative and cultural learning, launches on Tuesday 7th June!

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26th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Arts Award- "I'd recommend it to everyone!"

Prime Theatre are a youth theatre organisation based in Swindon, who deliver professional theatre shows to children and young people and run physical workshops and performance projects.

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20th May, 2022
Blog |

Real Ideas and Daisy Laing Gallery

Real Ideas are delighted to be working with Daisy Laing Gallery, working together in a long-term partnership that supports emerging and established artists in Cornwall and Plymouth.

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19th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Arts Award- Adding Value to Our Workshops

From Junior Print Club to Lego Robotics Club, Real Ideas has a variety of creative workshops to offer children across Ocean Studios and Market Hall.

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19th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

Intertwining Art and Nature- How Schools for All Seasons is Helping Children Achieve

mber of primary and SEN schools across Cornwall, that nourishes children with well-being activity and creativity rooted in our connections to the outdoors and our seasonal heritage.

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19th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

"I've seen first hand how it motivates the children"- Real Ideas member Jane Norris talks Arts Award and Sewing!

Real Ideas member Jane Norris runs sewing courses for home educated children at Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard. She has just begun offering Arts Award as part of her courses and she's here to tell us all about the impact it is having.

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19th May, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

It's Love Arts Award Week! So, what is Arts Award?

Since 2005, Arts Award has been flourishing across educational and cultural settings, so what is it, and how can you get involved?

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12th May, 2022
Bridge |

Do You Work In Early Years?

This event is ideal for anyone who works in, or is interested in working in, an early years context, or who wants to learn more about early years in Plymouth, network, share ideas and look at ways to collaborate together to develop some creative approaches, projects and ideas.

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6th May, 2022
Bridge |

Assistant Producer Opportunity at Take A Part

Take A Part are looking for an Assistant Producer for children, families and young people.

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6th May, 2022
Bridge |

Dreamachine- an Exciting Free Education Programme!

Fusing science with arts, the themes of Dreamachine offer compelling classroom investigation: the power of the human mind, our amazing brains and the big questions of perception and consciousness - our sense of self, how we see the world and how we connect with others.      

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6th May, 2022
Bridge |

Random Acts of Wildness! What could you do?

Devon Wildlife Trust have a 30 day challenge, which you can get involved in!

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3rd May, 2022
News | Press releases |

Shooting for new Plymouth workplace goals with Real Ideas

Argyle Community Trust, the official charity for Plymouth Argyle Football Club, has taken up residence in a new kind of ‘office environment’, becoming a full Real Ideas member, to take advantage of its flexible workspace, networking, and opportunities to nurture and grow new partnerships and projects.

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3rd May, 2022
Press releases |

Liskeard Library looking for local contractors for historic build

urther tender submissions from a range of local builders and construction services companies are now invited by South West-based community interest company, Real Ideas for the renovation of Liskeard Library.

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29th April, 2022
Immersive Dome | News | Press releases |

Whirling Dervishes intertwine with Flamenco Dancers to cross centuries, cultures and technology in unique multimedia performance

Plymouth, England, is set to play host to a unique multi-media immersive dance performance that mixes the metaphysical 13th century Islamic tradition of the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey with the vibrant dance of traditional Spanish flamenco, all set against the reactive backdrop of Europe’s only awe-inspiring 15 metre immersive dome.  Entitled Digital Dervish + Flamenco Sonic, the performances will take place in Plymouth’s Market Hall dome on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May.

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22nd April, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

How Can The Changing Seasons Help us to Navigate The Way we Feel?

Real Ideas are delighted to be delivering a new schools pilot; Schools for All Seasons is a short- term residency in 12 schools that nourishes children with well-being activity and creativity rooted in our connections to the outdoors and our seasonal heritage.

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21st April, 2022
Blog | News |

Ocean Studios resident Nikki Taylor opens her studio to the public

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20th April, 2022
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Sub- Contractors Wanted For Renovation Project

No summary available.

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11th April, 2022
Blog |

Minding The (Digital) Gap

Programme Lead Gary Futcher outlines a recent Real Ideas led pilot project exploring digital engagement for schools.

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10th April, 2022
Press releases |

Pollinators create a buzz in Plymouth on world earth day

Environmental organisation Pollenize and community interest organisation Real Ideas came together on World Earth Day, (22nd April), to celebrate biodiversity through a 36,000 children-strong mass wild seeding, and a one-of-its-kind interactive, 360 degree, immersive, cinematic, experience at The Dome, Market Hall, Plymouth, England.

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8th April, 2022
Blog | News |

Messages from the HeART

Exhibitions, talks and events giving a voice to people with lived experience. Hope in the Heart and their partners are delighted to announce the launch of Messages from the HeART, an exciting, unique exhibition and series of events funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and taking place at Ocean Studios from 5th to 22nd May. 

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1st April, 2022
Blog | Bridge |

"Stop Polluting!"- How a New Generation of Eco Enthusiasts Are Sticking Up For Our Planet

When primary school children from Plymouth and Cornwall attended a workshop at the Market Hall during Illuminate festival, their messaging was clear- stop polluting our planet!

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31st March, 2022
Blog |

Wellbeing In The Woods- How Game Changer is Helping Young People Get Back Out There

After years of being told we must stay indoors and socialise at a distance, adjusting back to the 'norm' and feeling confident in social situations can be challenging; to reignite a feeling of connection between young people, Game Changer Navigators Helen, Billy and Leanne arranged a ‘Wellbeing in the Woods’ Day at 7th Rise on The Roseland Peninsula for Game Changer participants.

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29th March, 2022
Blog | Immersive Dome | News |

World Earth Day 2022 at Real Ideas

I find hope in that many people on the Earth share the same view, there is a burning desire to make the world a better place. For equity and inclusion to be the norm, for there to be more love and compassion in society and for the state of the environment to be the utmost priority. 

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28th March, 2022
Blog | Case Study | Jobs and opportunities | News |

City College Plymouth students knock it out of the park!

What started as a group of students coming together on a Friday afternoon to talk about ways to improve the college, became an activist college cooperative called College Roots Cooperative (CRC) where the mission is to support the growth of plants and people.

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25th March, 2022
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Grab free National Marine Aquarium tickets for your community group

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24th March, 2022
News | Press releases |

Series of TEDx talks shows Plymouth’s commitment to a more sustainable future

A new series of TEDx talks has been published on the international TED platform to show the tangible steps that Plymouth is taking to tackle climate change.

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18th March, 2022
Bridge |

Outside The Box Hosts Saturday Art School

Outside The Box is offering a monthly Saturday School Studio Day.

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18th March, 2022
Bridge |

Opportunities for Young Writers in the South West

Plymouth's Young City Laureate and Literature Works have a number of exciting of opportunities for young writers soon!

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16th March, 2022
Bridge |

Awards for Young Musicians Free Training Opportunities

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16th March, 2022
Bridge |

Get Back to Culture Grant for Cornish Secondary Schools!

No summary available.

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15th March, 2022
Blog | Immersive Dome | News |

Seeds for Schools

Real Ideas are excited to be working with Pollenize on their new Seeds for Schools project.

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11th March, 2022
Bridge |

Summerhouse Services- Supporting Children's Mental Health

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11th March, 2022
Bridge | Jobs and opportunities |

Exeter Phoenix Commissions Available for Film Makers

Are you a film maker based in the South West? Exeter Phoenix has a number of opportunities available for film commissions.

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11th March, 2022
Bridge |

Calling all Educators! The World Reimagined Upcoming Events are Live

learning to consider our shared history so we can make racial justice a reality, together.

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9th March, 2022
Bridge |

Making Music Matters! But Why?

Music really does matter in schools but often requires creative and collaborative approaches to secure its vital and life-affirming place as part of a rich and balanced curriculum.

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4th March, 2022
Blog | News |

Successful Game Changer Visit for Real Ideas!

No summary available.

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23rd February, 2022
Bridge |

Booking Now Open for Native Creatives Spring Programme!

Native Creatives CPD Spring Programme is open for booking!

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23rd February, 2022
Bridge |

The Into Games Career Festival is Nearly Here!

Join the Into Games Career Festival- a totally free 4-day online careers festival to help you get hired in video games.

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22nd February, 2022
Press releases |

Liskeard Library seeks to appoint Cornish contractors and a local site manager

South West-based community interest company, Real Ideas Organisation, has issued a callout for local Cornwall or Devon building contractors as well as opening a job role for a Site Manager for the ambitious Grade II listed renovation project of Liskeard Library. 

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22nd February, 2022
Bridge |

Are you 18+ and Interested in Working in TV?

The National Film & Television School along with Channel 4’s 4Skills have devised a series of free taster days aimed at those under-represented in the film and television industry to give an overview and suggested pathway to a broad range of careers.

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21st February, 2022
Bridge |

Could you be the next Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Young Associate?

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is looking for people with the potential to be a great communicator, connect with people from all walks of life, and take their musical and creative skills to the next level.

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11th February, 2022
Bridge |

Do You Work With Young People Aged 10-16?

Headstart Kernow, FEAST and Arts Well are pleased to be offering schools and young people’s groups around Cornwall the opportunity to have free creative sessions with local artists.

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7th February, 2022
Bridge |

Supporting Children's Mental Health with Stormbreak

Artsmark partners, Stormbreak, have created free resources to support children's mental health and wellbeing.

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3rd February, 2022
Bridge |

Artsmark and CILIP Launch The Greenaway Greats!

No summary available.

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2nd February, 2022
Bridge |

Travelling Light Theatre are Touring Venues and Schools

Are you looking for a creative opportunity for pupils in Spring/Summer 2022? Travelling Light Theatre are now booking our touring production Vixen for Key Stage 2 and Year 7 pupils.

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27th January, 2022
Bridge |

Are you looking for ways to bring creativity and wellbeing together?

Schools for All Seasons is a very special short term residency that nourishes children with well-being activity and creativity rooted in our connections to the outdoors and our seasonal heritage.

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26th January, 2022
Bridge |

Young Arts Fundraisers' Free Annual Mentoring Scheme

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26th January, 2022
Blog |

Helping communities to make change

From the inception of Real Ideas, we have always been committed to the places that we love, where we live and where we work. And we are always excited to support other communities who share an equal passion for their neighbourhoods, towns, villages and places.

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25th January, 2022
Blog |

Creating opportunities and developing talent

From the outset, Real Ideas has been supporting and enabling a wide range of people to demonstrate their talents, skills and discover how to use those with and for others, in work, communities, projects and schools. Those who know us, know we value talent, new ideas and new ways of thinking. So over the last 15 years we have focused and enabled a range of development opportunities particularly for young people, enabling them to come and work for us whilst being supported. This has given them the opportunity to grow and develop their skills sets in a real work environment whilst also keeping us forward facing and challenged- in a good way!

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25th January, 2022
Case Study |

"I have been able to gain valuable skills I can use in my current role and for future careers" - Chloe's Story

Chloe Joined Real Ideas in October 2021 as part of a Kickstarter scheme, a 6-month placement programme which helps young people to gain experience and start their journey of employment. 

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25th January, 2022
Case Study |

"It's great to work somewhere that really believes in your ability to succeed" - Cat's Story

Cat joined Real Ideas in January 2017 as a Marketing Intern delivering support to Talent Match, a project supporting young people in Cornwall to gain meaningful and lasting employment. "Working as an intern was a great way to get my foot in the door and start my career, I had previously worked in a marketing role but with little progression there so I was glad to find an organisation that could support me to learn new skills and develop" explained Cat.

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25th January, 2022
Case Study |

"I’ve made years’ worth of progress in the space of 8 months!" - Avani's Story

Avani graduated from university in 2020 with a passion to combat the climate crisis, to be a voice for people who don’t feel heard and with bundles of enthusiasm waiting to be directed towards a goal. Yet Avani soon found herself on Universal Credit as she was unable to find work in the field she desired, despite having a few years of voluntary experience ranging in education, politics and science and conservation.

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25th January, 2022
Uncategorised |

Ensuring access to art & making for children & families

No summary available.

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24th January, 2022
Blog |

Breathing new life into old buildings

Starting in 2014, one of the longest running, epic, community building sagas we have had the chance to be part of is the story of Trowbridge Town Hall, which remains close heart to this day.

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24th January, 2022
Blog |

Ensuring access to art & making for children & families

No summary available.

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21st January, 2022
Bridge |

“Everyone here is an artist!” Raising Cultural Aspirations in Primary Children Through Real Projects

just their art work they were talking about, it was their career aspirations too!

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21st January, 2022
Bridge |

"I was amazed at the obvious improvement..."

After becoming one of only seven Primary Schools in the South West to achieve Artsmark Platinum, teacher at Malmesbury Park, Roxanne, shares her thoughts on their two year Artsmark journey.

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18th January, 2022
News | Press releases |

Plymouth College students become first in UK to benefit from state-of-the-art co-working spaces

A new collaboration between community interest company Real Ideas and City College Plymouth, Devon, will benefit hundreds of students on creative courses, who will be able to take up the chance to work within some of the city’s most inspirational spaces.

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11th January, 2022
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Real Ideas x CAMP Membership Bursary

Real Ideas are stepping into the New Year with a new opportunity to support an individual looking to develop in/ or is curious to develop their practice with a focus on digital and immersive technologies

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28th December, 2021
Blog |

Reflections in Green

A new blog post from Programme Coordinator, Lorna Logan, sharing her experience of working on the first Green Thinkers Programme!

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16th December, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Our Last Drop-in Session in Liskeard

We want to talk! At Real Ideas we are a chatty bunch, and we’d love for you to pop into our Liskeard office on number 2 Pike Street next Monday, 20th December, for our last festive drop-in session

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15th December, 2021
Blog | News |

We talk Real Ideas for a Thoughtful Christmas

No summary available.

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9th December, 2021
News |

Our updated Covid-19 guidance

Following the COVID update from the Government on Wednesday 8th December 2021, we have updated our COVID-19 guidance.

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8th December, 2021
Bridge |

Calling All Young Writers!

What if you spoke? Libraries Unlimited have released a series of ten masterclasses aimed at 15-25 year olds.

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1st December, 2021
Bridge |

Youth Music Recharge Fund Applications Are Now Open!

The Youth Music Recharge Fund offers grants of up to £90,000 (max £30,000/year) for up to 3 years. It’s open to established not-for-profits who support children and young people facing barriers to make, learn or earn in music.

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1st December, 2021
Bridge |

Music Masters Needs You!

Do you work in a Primary School? Complete this quick Music Masters survey to help them understand the national music landscape.

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1st December, 2021
Blog |

Pilgrim Primary Achieve Artsmark Silver!

During a very uncertain two years, Pilgrim Primary have put Arts and Culture at the forefront of their school and achieved a super Silver Artsmark Award!

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1st December, 2021
Bridge |

Have You Tried the Go Cornish for Primary Schools Programme?

Go Cornish for Primary Schools is a bank of free, easy to follow resources for teachers to deliver Cornish language sessions.

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26th November, 2021
Blog | News | Uncategorised |

Bringing you Real Ideas for a thoughtful Christmas...

The festive season is fast approaching and at Real Ideas we’ve been working hard to create a programme of festive events and experiences for all ages.

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24th November, 2021
Uncategorised |

Building Contractors Wanted For Renovation Project

to undertake a Management Building Contract for the refurbishment and development of the Grade II listed Liskeard Library building on Barras Street, Liskeard. 

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18th November, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Bootcamp in Victoria Park!

Be unique, a social enterprise based in Victoria Park, are currently running a bootcamp every Saturday!

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17th November, 2021
Blog |

Starting a brewery during a pandemic...

Our name is Borrowed Parts Brew Co. because it speaks to what we’re doing. We are a cooperative society, run on cooperative principles of commonality and reciprocity.

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16th November, 2021
Blog | News |

Art Installations at Illuminate Festival 2021

Once the sun sets, Ocean Studios and Market Hall are lit up by some incredible light art installations and here is some more information on what pieces are on display. Seek out your favourite and book a ticket to see in the flesh!

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15th November, 2021
Blog | News |

Christmas at Market Hall

The festive season is upon us, and after a challenging couple of years for everyone, we are extremely excited to be sharing our Christmas plans. This year, we are sharing a selection of 'Real Ideas for a Thoughtful Christmas’. In order to support the businesses and communities around us, we as an organisation, have set ourselves the mission to encourage more people to shop in a thoughtful and mindful way. However, we don’t just want to celebrate the businesses and products, but also to really celebrate the individuals themselves and their stories.

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15th November, 2021
Blog | News |

BIOLUMINESCENT ALGAE, PROJECTED REALITIES, AND IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENTS LIKE NO OTHER SET TO ILLUMINATE PLYMOUTH!

Explore the re-imagined Illuminate

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11th November, 2021
Blog | News |

What happened at Fab City's second Quarterly Forum

Plymouth Culture and Real Ideas hosted an open conversation around the city’s sustainability agenda and about what community action is needed in order to meet the Fab City agenda: producing nearly everything we consume by 2053.

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10th November, 2021
Blog |

​How we can take down barriers for women in our workspaces 

Women are raising awareness and taking matters into their own hands to try and build positive change and equality. But is this enough?

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10th November, 2021
Blog | News |

Join us in supporting the Cornwall Christmas Box appeal 2021

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8th November, 2021
Bridge |

"Artsmark... It's Not Something You'll Ever Regret."

Teachers Claire and Carrie have been on an epic journey to inspire an arts revolution in their schools - they spoke with Real Ideas Organisation Programme Coordinator Holly Power-Brown to explain how they did it during COVID and what it’s meant for pupils and staff as they build back after three lockdowns.

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5th November, 2021
News | State of Us |

The State of Us Event Report is Now Live!

The State Of Us, based out of Plymouth (UK), drew inspiration from new municipalist movements across the world.

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5th November, 2021
News | Press releases |

Market Hall wins Heritage Project of the year

Market Hall, a world-class space for digital innovation and learning situated in the heart of Devonport has been awarded Heritage Project of the year at the Michelmores Property Awards 2021.

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5th November, 2021
Bridge |

The Culture Cares Conference 2021 is Nearly Here!

Following the successful launch of Culture Cares in 2018, the conference returns for 2021 both in-person at Derby Theatre and livestreamed online.

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5th November, 2021
Bridge |

17 Music Services and Schools Piloting Inclusive Music Nurture Groups this Autumn

Find out how music services and schools are working together to make music more inclusive for all.

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5th November, 2021
Bridge |

Find Out More About The World Reimagined

The World Reimagined is a national art education project featuring globally-recognised artists to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on us all.

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5th November, 2021
Bridge |

Royal Opera House Launch Virtual Create and Learn Series

The Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation programmes place creative learning at the centre of every child’s education, attainment and experience.

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5th November, 2021
Bridge |

Introducing The Digital Culture Awards!

Arts Council England and the Digital Culture Network are excited to announce the first Digital Culture Awards – celebrating digital and tech innovation in arts and culture.

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12th October, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

Are you a training provider?

This invitation is an opportunity for training providers to deliver a meaningful programme of activity or project that enables NEET young people to achieve functional skills (Maths and English) whilst preparing them for employment or further training.

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11th October, 2021
Blog | News |

Joe Allen and his experience at PADA Studios in Portugal

Joe was recently selected for an incredible artist residency to work at PADA Studios in Barreiro, just south of Lisbon.

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10th October, 2021
Bridge |

How to fund your Arts Award Project

This online session is aimed at those wanting to offer Arts Award and wondering how to go about funding its delivery.

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7th October, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

Are you both a Young Person and an Artist?

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7th October, 2021
Blog |

What do you want?

How do we define success, and how do we find joy in the pursuit of success?

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6th October, 2021
Bridge |

Say Hello to our Latest Artsmark Partners- Brick Project!

Brick Project is a community interest company who allow people to take collective ownership of an area by collaboratively creating a permanent public art piece.

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6th October, 2021
Bridge |

Find Out How Art Bytes Can Support Your Artsmark Journey This Autumn

rt Bytes offer an innovative and exciting way to showcase your classes' artwork, through a competition and virtual gallery.

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1st October, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

Liskeard Library – we’re looking for contractors for an ambitious project for Cornwall.

Looking ahead to bringing the library back to Liskeard.

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30th September, 2021
Blog | News |

Meet the SEN Schools Sharing their Arts Achievements!

This week is inclusion week and what better way to celebrate than sharing some of the fantastic work SEN and Alternative Provision (AP) schools in the South West have been doing.

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29th September, 2021
Bridge |

Delivering Arts Award Digitally

This interactive session is aimed at advisers who want to use online tools and resources for the first time to deliver Arts Award, including practical tips.

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29th September, 2021
Bridge |

Successful Digital Marketing for Engaging Schools

Ideas for a one-hour panel conversation, presented in collaboration with Arts Council England Bridge Organisations.

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29th September, 2021
Bridge | Jobs and opportunities |

Calling Young Artists! Porthmeor Art Collective is open for booking

The Porthmeor Art Collective are back online for five FREE sessions of creative fun! They're introducing their Autumn programme with an exciting project you cannot miss.

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29th September, 2021
Bridge |

Stormbreak- Supporting Children's Mental Health Through Movement

and Wales that provides training programmes for trusted adults in schools and other settings to help support children’s mental health and wellbeing through movement.

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29th September, 2021
Bridge |

Delivering Artsmark through Craft- online workshop with the Crafts Council

Join Rebecca Goozee from the Crafts Council to discuss delivering Artsmark through craft and a practical exploration of how to deliver craft based 'make first' activities in your classroom.

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24th September, 2021
Bridge |

Teaching Black British History: A Teacher Training Guide

This informative, free CPD course by The Black Curriculum will help you discover how to best teach and embed Black British history into the national school curriculum.

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24th September, 2021
Blog | News |

Picking Futures

Our Eden Apple Academy is now in full swing, but what is it all about? 

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24th September, 2021
News | Press releases |

Illuminate festival 2021 to shine a light on climate crisis

Illuminate returns for 2021 bringing magical light art and immersive digital installations from 15 to 28 November.

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21st September, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Stories of Powerful Women in Plymouth Call Out

Plymouth's Laureate of Words, Laura Horton, wants to hear your stories about Plymouth's powerful women!

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21st September, 2021
Bridge | News |

ARTiculation Discovery Day in Plymouth

Do you work in Further Education? Would you like to develop your students confidence in speaking? Join an ARTiculation Discovery Day (fully funded for state schools)!

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20th September, 2021
News |

Real Ideas and One Planet Living

During Great Big Green Week 2021, Real Ideas is proud to announce we are committed to living as though we only have one planet – because we do only have one planet!

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6th September, 2021
Blog | News |

The Resurgam Charter: building back better…

Real Ideas is proud to announce our commitment to the Resurgam Charter: Plymouth’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan.

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13th August, 2021
News |

Chief Executive Lindsey Hall shares her condolences to everyone affected by last nights devastating events in Plymouth

Following last nights truly devastating events in Plymouth, Lindsey Hall, CEO of Real Ideas said:

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12th August, 2021
Blog |

Is There Hope For The Future of Exams?

Real Ideas Educating Differently Programme Lead, Gary Futcher shares his thoughts on results day and the conversation surrounding exams.

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23rd July, 2021
Jobs and opportunities |

Arts Connect Launch New Course!

Are you a senior arts and culture professional? Are you looking to grow your cultural organisation? Then this Strategic Evaluation Skills for Cultural Leaders course could be for you!

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19th July, 2021
Jobs and opportunities |

Somerset Art Works Open Studios and Festival Events

There are many ways to get involved with Somerset Art Works Open Studios and Festival events.

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17th July, 2021
Blog | News |

Hedgerow Hound fuelling an immersive future with sustainable food at the Market Hall.

Find out more about the plant-based foodie family from Dartmoor who fuelled a week of discovery at Market Hall.

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15th July, 2021
News | Press releases |

EUROPE’S ‘FIRST OF ITS KIND’ 360 DOME LAUNCHES £7.6 MILLION IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGY HUB IN PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND

Sir Nicholas Serota: “This places Plymouth and the south west even more firmly on the cultural and technological map.”

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6th July, 2021
Blog |

Digital Badges: The Digital Future of Improvement

Read Baileys first blog post about why Digital Badging is the skill of the future.

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6th July, 2021
Bridge |

The World Reimagined Learning Programme

National art education project featuring globally-recognised artists launches its free Learning Programme to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its impact on us all.

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2nd July, 2021
News | Press releases |

A VIP open invitation for all Plymouth locals to explore Europe's first-of-a-kind Immersive Dome – all in the heart of historic Devonport

A free to attend public open weekend at the Market Hall has been announced for 17/18 July.

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29th June, 2021
Bridge |

Moths to a Flame Project

The Art and Energy Collective invite you to join their nationwide creative response to the Climate Emergency. They have teamed up with Plymouth Energy Community to create a mass participation art instillation!

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22nd June, 2021
Bridge |

ARTiculation Discovery Days

ARTiculation Discovery Days have been designed to develop and support students’ research and communication skills, and their understanding and engagement with art.

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21st June, 2021
Blog |

Ocean Studios Open Day

The sun was shining with barely a cloud in sight when I went to the Open Day at Ocean Studios, it felt like I was on holiday!

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17th June, 2021
Blog |

G7 Fringe - We are noisy!

We stand as a united front against those who seek to ignore climate change and social justice. Everyone acknowledges we have a big wall to climb and we are all eager to see what is on the other side.

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15th June, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

LQBTQ+ Artist & Food Producer Call-Out

We are looking for bold, innovative creatives from the LGBTQ+ community to take part in our programme this August!  

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15th June, 2021
Blog | News |

7 Steps to Change The World #G7Fringe

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14th June, 2021
Bridge |

The Big Education Conversation is Live!

The Big Education Conversation is a national campaign to get people talking about what education should really be for and how it could change for the future.

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10th June, 2021
Bridge |

The Crafts Council Launches Craft School- Yinka's Challenge!

The Crafts Council is delighted to announce the launch of its new educational programme Craft School: Yinka's Challenge!

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9th June, 2021
News |

Real Ideas Organisation Wins Place on Scale Accelerator 

Real Ideas is one of just twelve organisations from across the UK to be selected for the prestigious Scale Accelerator programme.

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4th June, 2021
Blog | News |

CIVIC /// An Interview with Dom Moore

We caught up with Dom Moore in the Ocean Studios courtyard to discuss his latest exhibition, find out more about the project here.

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25th May, 2021
Bridge |

Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation Opportunities

Trinity Laban’s Learning & Participation department are currently offering several unique professional development opportunities for musicians of any genre or ability. 

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14th May, 2021
Bridge |

Calling All Teachers- Creativity Collaboratives is Live!

Are you looking to build networks with other schools? If so, then Arts Council England's new funding programme, Creativity Collaboratives, could be for you.

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12th May, 2021
Bridge |

PONY Announced as Latest Artsmark Partner!

ONY, based in Bath, are the latest organisation to be announced as an Artsmark Partner!

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7th May, 2021
News |

Mindful Art Club is back!

Mindful Art Club is back, connect, relax and create with this welcoming club.

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6th May, 2021
News | State of Us |

State of Us -Plenary Speaker Announcement

The State of Us 2021 concludes on Tuesday 18th May with its fourth and final event in the series, and we are delighted to share our panel of speakers!

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6th May, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

Are you a training provider? Read our tender to deliver a meaningful programme of activity to help NEET young people

This invitation is an opportunity for training providers to deliver a meaningful programme of activity or project that enables NEET young people to achieve functional skills (Maths and English) whilst preparing them for employment or further training.

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30th April, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

New Arts Foundation set up by WeTransfer to Support Arts Education

WeTransfer, the B Corp company with a set of tools for the creative process, has announced the creation of WeTransfer’s Supporting Act Foundation to support emerging creative talent through arts education, grants, and an annual prize.

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29th April, 2021
Blog |

Employability Day - How can digital badges build brighter futures?  

Digital badges are the future of innovative recruitment and are being used in some really creative ways, supporting individuals to find employment by showcasing their skills and achievements, not the paper they’ve collected.

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29th April, 2021
Blog | News |

Introducing Park Pioneers

Introducing Community Business Pioneer Parks…

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27th April, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Funding Opportunity from Plymouth City Council!

Plymouth City Council have announced some additional grants for funding, but the deadline is soon!

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27th April, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Photo Day at Real Ideas!

Our spaces are ready for their close ups, and we'd love to photograph our members enjoying our buildings too!

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26th April, 2021
News | State of Us |

The State of Resilience – Speakers Announcement

The State of Us 2021 continues on Tuesday 4th May with its third event in the series, and we have yet another group of fantastic speakers to share with you!

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24th April, 2021
Jobs and opportunities |

Starlight Virtual Art-Science Residency

Mayes Creative are delighted to announce that, following on from their sold-out virtual residency in November 2020, they are once again partnering with the Royal Astronomical Society to deliver a fascinating new virtual residency: Starlight.

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22nd April, 2021
Blog | News |

Real Ideas for Earth Day

Whatever you do, enjoy taking some time on Earth Day to connect with the part of you that is in awe and wonder at the natural world and wants not just to connect with it, but to work with others to care for and enhance it.

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19th April, 2021
Blog | State of Us |

The State of Places & Spaces – Speakers Announcement

The State of Us 2021 continues on Tuesday 27th of April with its second event in the series, and we have another round of brilliant speakers to share with you!

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16th April, 2021
Blog | News |

Co-work and the post-covid workplace at Real Ideas

As our co-work facilities reopen, we're looking forward to welcoming our members back and discovering what the future of work looks like.

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13th April, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're recruiting three exciting new roles!

We’re ready to shake things up and create some positive change... are you?

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12th April, 2021
Blog | Youth Voice |

Life Before Real Ideas

The fantastic JoJo is back with her second blog post about her life before joining the Youth Hub programme...

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9th April, 2021
News | Press releases |

Chief Executive Lindsey Hall on the passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

We join with people across the UK and around the world to pay our respects to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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9th April, 2021
News | State of Us |

What is the ‘State of Us’? - Powerful Communities and Economic Democracy

The State of Us will explore work, resilience, places and spaces and more. It is for anyone working on social, environmental, racial and economic justice and democracy and power across the UK.

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7th April, 2021
News | State of Us |

The State of Work – Speakers Announcement

The State of Us 2021 kicks off on Tuesday 20th of April with its first event in the series, and we are delighted to share our speakers with you!

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7th April, 2021
Case Study | News |

Bookbag: Helping people to rediscover a passion for reading

Bookbag was born out of a love of reading and a desire to boost positivity.  

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30th March, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Think Big Shop Small this summer with Real Ideas.

We want the voice of local makers and artists to be heard, and our spaces are excellent platforms to do so!

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29th March, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Art is open

We are looking for bold, innovative creatives to join us on our mural journey, developing an ever-changing series of murals for the community to enjoy.

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25th March, 2021
Blog |

Dream Job: REALised - Helping young people achieve their goals

Find out how Real Ideas is helping young people to realise their ambitions.

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23rd March, 2021
Blog | News |

Badge Nation at the Cities of Learning Summit

Digital badges are a visual and credible nugget of digital data that allows organisations to vouch for you. Find out more at the upcoming Cities of Learning Summit

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22nd March, 2021
Bridge |

Cranborne Middle School Achieve Artsmark Gold!

Cranborne Middle School in Dorset are one of the latest schools to achieve their Artsmark Award. Here is what their Art subject lead, Claire Everett had to say about their journey.

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19th March, 2021
Blog | News | Youth Voice |

Selling Your Soul

Jojo tells us of her experience joining a recent webinar!

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19th March, 2021
Blog | News | Youth Voice |

How Real Ideas Helped Re-start My Career

Read Rhianna's blog about her experience of working with Real Ideas

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16th March, 2021
Jobs and opportunities |

We are looking for Animators

We are looking for animators to work with a team of our young people!

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15th March, 2021
Blog |

Game Changer works and here’s the proof – Check out our case studies

Having supported over 1,500 young people on our Game Changer programme and helped them to get into the world of employment, training or employed, we love shouting about our participants' successes.

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15th March, 2021
Blog | News |

Meet the team behind our Game Changer programme

Game Changer looks to offer support for young people aged 15 - 24 in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. As lead delivery partner, we are lucky to have a team of experienced navigators that all share the same passion – helping young people to realise their potential.

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15th March, 2021
Blog |

Partnerships and Game Changer - Working together to providing support for young people in Cornwall

Partnership offer support and opportunities. This is the case regarding Game Changer– a programme that looks to help young people aged between 15 – 24 who are not in employment, education or training in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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15th March, 2021
Blog |

We are experts in young people – Discover what Game Changer can do for you

As a young person, the road to getting your dream job, or any job for that matter, is tough enough. Throw in a pandemic and it may suddenly seem impossible. But, it isn’t. This is when we step up to help. We are Game Changer and we see the world differently.

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12th March, 2021
Blog | Case Study |

George: Painting Creative Job Opportunities during Covid

A 22 year old from St Austell in Cornwall has kept himself both inspired and motivated throughout the recent COVID crisis, thanks to Game Changer and Real Ideas.

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9th March, 2021
News |

Liskeard Library to undergo major refurbishment

Liskeard Library is due to undergo a major refurbishment after Cornwall Council allocated additional funding to get the project under way. 

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9th March, 2021
Blog |

The Good, the bad and the Ugly – reflecting on the Budget, March 2021

Delivering a budget during a pandemic was never an enviable task, particularly one that tries to plan for the unknown world beyond Covid.

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8th March, 2021
Blog |

Women who draw - supporting one another through lockdown

We invited local artist and Real Ideas member Emma Carlisle to share her story of a group of 5 women drawing their way through Lockdown 3.0.

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8th March, 2021
Blog |

Women leading by example - embracing winter waters

For many, they were simply brave enough to ask the question so often asked of Pauline at the edge of the water in Bigbury, Crownhill Bay or Tinside East, “Can I join?”. Thanks to women like Pauline and Katie, the answer is a resounding, “Jump on in”!

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5th March, 2021
Blog | News |

Our Youth Hub MP Visit

Recently at Real Ideas, we have had some very exciting things happening on our programmes with local young people. Our Youth Hub programme, which is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions started in September. It has been doing extremely well and the hard work has not gone unnoticed!

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2nd March, 2021
Blog | Case Study |

The Wildings – A School with a Mission

This is social enterprise in action. This is the work that we support. 

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2nd March, 2021
Bridge |

Le Navet Bete Announced as Latest Artsmark Partner

As of 2021 Le Navet Bete are proud to be an official Artsmark partner!

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26th February, 2021
Blog |

Generation E Mental Health March

Welcome to Generation E’s takeover! We will be sharing a series of activities, tips, challenges and more that raises awareness for mental health during the month of March.

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25th February, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Open Call for Speakers on Diversity in Creative Sector Businesses

Real Ideas are excited to be offering the opportunity to help us by inspiring a wave of activity designed to diversify the creative landscape in Cornwall.

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18th February, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Calling all gaming companies - we want to hear from you!

Real Ideas want to work with Innovative games studios to create exciting remote work experience opportunities for re young people in Cornwall as part of UK Games Careers Week.

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15th February, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Kickstart success for Real Ideas with 189 placements secured

Real Ideas was approved as a Government gateway for the scheme in 2020 and to date has secured 189 placements for more than 55 employers.

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12th February, 2021
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Doorstep offer the best bits of their Bronze Arts Award as part of Arts Award Week

See how Doorstep’s Arts Award went as they completed their bronze Arts Award!

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10th February, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're looking for creators, food producers and makers!

Are you an indie maker, creator or food producer looking for a retail platform to showcase what you do? 

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10th February, 2021
Bridge |

Find out how Lighthouse in Poole are finding their Arts Award journey

Read all about how Lighthouse in Poole have found their Arts Award delivery journey #LoveArtsAward

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8th February, 2021
Bridge |

Taking Arts Award online in Gloucestershire #LoveArtsAward

How a creative network came together to make it happen.

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4th February, 2021
Bridge |

What is the Creativity Exchange?

Creativity Exchange: A New Online Community to Encourage Teaching for Creativity

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29th January, 2021
Blog | Case Study |

C-Space case study: Say hello to Emma Gunn and her business, Trillium

No summary available.

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28th January, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Real Food: Getting a Job in Hospitality

Many hospitality businesses are starting to recruit NOW- making sure that their teams are ready for the start of a very busy season!

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20th January, 2021
Case Study | News |

Chameleon Gin - The tasty gin that changes colour right before your eyes.

Chameleon Gin is a unique pine and orange flavoured small batch Cornish craft gin. It comes with bio-degradable ‘pockets’ of infusion crammed with the finest dried orange botanicals.

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20th January, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're looking for a Self Employed Researcher to join our team

Self Employed Researcher required for 6 month part-time project intern work with the Real Ideas Organisation in Plymouth.

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18th January, 2021
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Software Cornwall's Favourite Digital Things

Software Cornwall have compiled a list of some of their favourite computer science and online learning resources.

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12th January, 2021
Case Study | News |

A little creativity goes a long way - Meet Mindful Art Club

Mindful Art Club has been set up in Plymouth to encourage more people to look after their mental wellbeing.   

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5th January, 2021
Blog | News |

Real Ideas are seeking local bespoke carpenters and/or furniture makers

We are looking for South West based carpenter(s) or furniture makers to work with us on creating bespoke joinery for the Market Hall, due to open in March 2021.

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4th January, 2021
News |

Accessing our Spaces and keeping our community safe

We have taken the very difficult decision to close our co-working spaces for the next few weeks, until the end of January

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31st December, 2020
Blog | News |

It's goodbye from us... for now - Update on our spaces

In line with the new Tier 3 restrictions coming into effect in Devon and Cornwall from today (Thursday 31 December 2020) we must now close our Spaces to the public and move all of delivery online for the foreseeable future.

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22nd December, 2020
Case Study | News |

Our work with young people

Real Ideas makes work and careers opportunities happen for 18-25 year olds

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18th December, 2020
Blog | News |

A little bit of music - Enjoy tunes from Grace Lightman and Elani Evangelou

Offering a little music and normality in 2020.

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18th December, 2020
Case Study | News |

Kieran: On the front foot and future facing after tricky times

Kieran's achieved the nigh-on impossible: searching for, and finding, a job right in the middle of the COVID pandemic in Cornwall!

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17th December, 2020
Bridge |

Q & A with South West Museum Development

Eleanor Moore Sustainable Volunteering Officer for South West Museum Development.  Here she talks to us about her role in the organisation and how they support Museums in the South West.

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15th December, 2020
Case Study | News |

Heyl Bakery: a bakery with a difference

Heyl Bakery – Heyl is Cornish for estuary - will be the first 100% plant-based bakery in Plymouth combining both sourdough bread and vegan sweet bakes.

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14th December, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're looking for a forward thinking audio visual company

The Real Ideas Organisation is looking for an Audio Visual company based in the South West to provide AV and digital solutions to our campus of buildings.

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11th December, 2020
News | Press releases |

£1.3 million lifeline for cultural organisations in Plymouth

Real Ideas Organisation will receive £394,135 of funding towards the Market Hall.

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7th December, 2020
News | Press releases |

Say hello to the businesses determined to Start Something great

Life-changing technology, seaweed farming, transforming old plastic waste and a twist on artisan gin are just some of the brilliant new business ideas which are getting much needed expert help to flourish during the Covid-19 pandemic in Devon and Cornwall.

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4th December, 2020
Blog | News |

Providing food for families during the festive season

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27th November, 2020
Blog | News |

Changing spaces and looking forward to welcoming back audiences… 

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27th November, 2020
Blog | News |

Think Big Shop Small

Small businesses have supported us this year by closing their doors to keep us safe, now it’s time to return the favour. 

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts under £30 - Think Big Shop Small

Gifting under £30 doesn't have to be tough, we've got you covered.

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts For Kids - Think Big Shop Small

Shop for gifts made by independent businesses this festive season!

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts For The Foodie - Think Big Shop Small

Got a foodie friend or a a loved one that loves to cook? Our 'Gifts for the Foodie' guide is just what you need!

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts For Him - Think Big Shop Small

Looking for a gift for him? We've gathered a selection of gift ideas to make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier!

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Gifts For Her - Think Big Shop Small

Trying to find that special gift for her? Look no further!

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27th November, 2020
Blog |

Experience Gifts And Kits - Think Big Shop Small

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17th November, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

A Real Ideas commission: Launching Cities of Learning Badge School

No summary available.

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13th November, 2020
Bridge |

The Thriving Communities Fund

Find out more about the Thriving Communities Fund...

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4th November, 2020
Blog |

Game Changer Participant Takes Over to Cook Up A Storm

Kieran kindly volunteered to take part in the Game Changer food skills share session. These sessions have been designed to allow young people to share a food-based skill, story, insight, experience or a recipe with fellow Game Changer peers.

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3rd November, 2020
Blog |

COVID 19 Update for our Spaces and Members

In line with the new COVID restrictions coming into effect from Thursday 05 November we will be closing our Spaces to the public and moving all of our delivery online.  

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23rd October, 2020
Blog |

How do I best support my Kickstart placement?

No summary available.

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23rd October, 2020
Blog | Case Study |

Support for your Kickstart Placement

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19th October, 2020
Blog |

Real Ideas makes work and careers opportunities happen for 18-25 year olds

For 18-25 year olds, simply getting started on the road to finding a dream job, or even simply getting a job can be the hardest part of all. Especially the way things are at the moment.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Guinevere: planting and growing her own future

Meet Guinevere Horroks. Guinevere is currently loving her voluntary role at Cornwall’s Eden Project. And she is on a mission to learn as much as she possibly can about plants and all aspects of gardening with the aim of finding a future job in the gardening world.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Cameron: Builder of his own destiny

Cameron Waller is reflecting on his first month ever in a full-time job working with the team at M&S in Truro.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Elle: Designer of her future success

Elle Heard is all set to sell her beautiful artwork including cards, prints and other items on Etsy, under her working name: Eleanor Louise Ashton. Elle’s talent lies in her taking inspiration from her travels and her home in Cornwall.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Marcus: coaching brilliance in others

Marcus spends four/five months of the year taking others on hikes, climbs, bike-rides, surfing and canoeing, amongst a raft of other activities. And he loves it!

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14th October, 2020
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Community businesses receive funding to grow green

Several Devonport and Stonehouse community businesses have been awarded a share of €50,000 to help restore nature and connect communities with Plymouth’s green spaces, as part of the Green Minds project.

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12th October, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart for Schools

We have developed an offer that will support schools to take on Kickstart placements in a way that ensures the process works as easily and simply as possible. We will ensure schools understand what is involved, place their Kickstart employee in an appropriate role in their setting and set up the right support around the placement.

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7th October, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart FAQs

We’ve compiled a list of FAQs. Please note that these are our interpretation of many queries raised with DWP and some information may change.

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2nd October, 2020
News |

This week brought us a very exciting milestone for Liskeard Library!

Our Chief Executive Lindsey Hall met with Cllr Edwina Hannaford for a socially distanced key hand over!

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1st October, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart - Why Real Ideas?

Real Ideas is actively looking to become a ‘Gateway’ organisation (you may have heard this role described as an intermediary or representative body) for the Government's Kickstart job creation scheme. 

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1st October, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart – What are the costs for me as an employer?

Real Ideas is acting as a gateway to help businesses and organisations access the scheme. So, what are the costs for you as an employer to benefit from the scheme?

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30th September, 2020
Blog |

Kickstart - helping young people find employment

From May of this year, reports and articles started to appear about the looming youth unemployment crisis facing the UK bought about by coronavirus.

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29th September, 2020
Bridge |

Celebrating 15 Years of Arts Award

At Real Ideas Organsiation, we’re thrilled to be a part of Arts Award. We love nothing more than hearing all about young people discovering their 21st century skills. To celebrate 15 years’ of Art Award is a huge success.

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15th September, 2020
Blog | News |

What can be done to help young people in 2020

The headline news today that youth unemployment has risen to 4.1% is sadly not unexpected and likely doesn't show the full picture.

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15th September, 2020
News | Press releases |

Illuminate Light Festival is returning in 2021

No summary available.

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8th September, 2020
News |

Liskeard Library – Deal agreed which gives the green light for refurbishment to begin in 2021

Positivity, but just a little more patience. These are the key words as the refurbishing of Liskeard’s well-loved Passmore Edwards Library is becoming a long-awaited reality.

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3rd September, 2020
Blog |

Reflecting on Game Changer Progress in West Cornwall

A short reflection written by one of the brilliant Game Changer navigators.

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1st September, 2020
Blog |

Time to be more Ken

Educating Differently Programme Lead Gary Futcher reflects on an educational ‘what might have been’

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24th August, 2020
News |

Game Changer Participants Secure Work During the Pandemic

Game Changer participants have been working hard to pursue their career goals...

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20th August, 2020
News |

Start Something

Start Something offers the chance for those with a pet project or start up idea to do just that – start!

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20th August, 2020
News | Press releases |

New £42,000 fund launched for cultural innovators who can change Plymouth for the better

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17th August, 2020
Bridge |

National School Survey Results

Read all about the findings in the National Schools Survey report.

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10th August, 2020
Blog |

Community Tourism – Overcoming Challenges with Enterprise, Empowerment and Endless Enthusiasm

A movement of locally rooted, independent enterprises and activists is emerging.

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10th August, 2020
Blog |

Game Changer Induction Week Success!

Find out about the most recent Game Changer Induction Week

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10th August, 2020
Blog |

Real Ideas Fellowship Opportunity for Young People in the South West

Discover how to apply to our Fellowship opportunities!

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7th August, 2020
Blog | News |

Young People and their Digital Badges

Find out the benefits of digital badges.

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6th August, 2020
Blog | News |

Start Something - support for brilliant new enterprises

Offering 10 FREE membership packages worth over £3,000 each to entrepreneurial people with ideas that we think could become brilliant businesses.

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6th August, 2020
Blog | News |

How has Covid affected jobs in Devon and Cornwall and how Real Ideas can help

For the majority of us who live in Cornwall and Devon, the biggest impact of Covid is likely to be economic, rather than health related.

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5th August, 2020
Blog |

Virtual Work Experience Opportunity for Game Changer Participants

Triangular Pixels are award-winning game developers based in Cornwall. They are looking for budding game artists to take part in virtual work experience.

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31st July, 2020
Blog |

Setting out on a new journey

An inspiring young person's work journey with Asperger's Syndrome.

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31st July, 2020
Blog |

Aspergers' is my superpower - Blog by WorkAble participant Jessica

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31st July, 2020
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Johanna's Game Changer Journey

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21st July, 2020
News | Press releases |

Festival for Change – Finding new ways to build back better post pandemic

Real Ideas is delighted to announce we’re partners for the Festival for Change – an amazing series of online events to create real change.

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10th July, 2020
Blog |

Making Better Together

Educating Differently Programme Lead and former headteacher Gary Futcher outlines our plans to support curriculum, recovery and wellbeingin schools though new communities of practice.

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11th June, 2020
Blog |

Real Ideas and One Planet Living

As the UK and more of the Western World begins the long road out of lockdown, Real Ideas is looking hard at what lessons and even benefits it has brought to our lives and to our environment.

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28th May, 2020
Blog |

‘There is nothing so strong as an idea whose time has come’

Following our recent ‘Imagining the Future Normal’ webinar looking at education post-lockdown, Real Ideas Project Lead and former headteacher Gary Futcher reflects on the way ahead.

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20th May, 2020
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

We want to make your Ideas Real

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18th May, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We are seeking a Marketing Professional to deliver online content to participants on the Ambitions programme

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15th May, 2020
Blog | News |

Introducing Bluff Its – Giving parents the edge in the home-schooling stakes

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13th May, 2020
Blog | News |

Let’s Create Packs’ for families in need

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6th May, 2020
Case Study |

A success story from Native Makers

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27th April, 2020
News |

Call for proposals – Plymouth Art Weekender 2020

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24th April, 2020
Blog |

Business is our business

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23rd April, 2020
Blog |

Does COVID provide a moment to re-evaluate our education system – to future (and virus) proof it?

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22nd April, 2020
Blog |

Food and shelter remain the most important factors for survival, but in 21st century Britain, access to the internet is running a close second.

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22nd April, 2020
Blog |

Don’t have the kit or connectivity to access the internet during lockdown? Don’t worry, we can help.

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6th March, 2020
Bridge |

Bristol Old Vic RE:SOURCES

Bristol Old Vic have now launched four online resource packs for KS2 teachers.

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27th February, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Kitchen Designer required for Market Hall

No summary available.

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27th February, 2020
Bridge |

Nesta: Classroom Changemakers

Classroom Changemakers is a Nesta award programme for teachers and teaching assistants with great ideas to encourage creativity and problem-solving in maths and computer science. 

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22nd January, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We’re after a new website – can you help?

No summary available.

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22nd January, 2020
Jobs and opportunities |

Design team for Liskeard Library required

No summary available.

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24th December, 2019
Bridge |

Illuminating Plymouth for Mayflower 400

For four cold evenings at the end of November each year, the Illuminate light festival transforms locations across Plymouth with beautiful projection mapping, light art installations and playful interactive content, created by local, national and international artists.

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18th December, 2019
Bridge |

Commissioning Creativity – Real Ideas on the Durham Commission

Teaching for creativity in schools must be prioritised to equip young people with the skills they need in later life, according to the recently published report from the Durham Commission on Creativity and Education report.

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18th December, 2019
Bridge |

The Opportunities of Ofsted

n September, schools across England woke to life under a new Ofsted Inspection Framework which features a shift away from data-driven outcomes and towards a broader ‘quality of education’.

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27th November, 2019
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Introducing the first Future Make competition

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17th September, 2019
Bridge |

Arts in Education: A New Hope

Well, here we are again. Another summer done and another set of exam results underlining the parlous state of arts and creativity in schools.

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19th August, 2019
Bridge |

Lord Kenneth Baker: GCSE reforms have ‘done a lot of damage’ to arts and technical subjects

The creator of the GCSE has condemned the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) in a letter to the new education secretary Gavin Williamson, the Telegraph reports.

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13th August, 2019
News | Press releases |

Plymouth Set to Become One of the UK’s First Cities of Learning

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1st August, 2019
Blog |

Extraordinary Times

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4th July, 2019
Blog |

Transcending Prison Walls

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4th February, 2019
Blog | Case Study |

Our Engine Room Journey

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18th January, 2019
News | Press releases |

iMayflower Gets £3.5million From Cultural Development Fund To Improve Plymouth’s Arts And Cultural Industries

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26th October, 2018
Blog |

PLANS FOR LIBRARY SUBMITTED

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19th September, 2018
Blog |

The Hidden Revolution

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17th July, 2018
Blog |

Community Owned Change – We Need To Talk About Anarchism

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5th May, 2018
Blog | News |

Congratulations Lindsey Hall!

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11th April, 2018
News | Press releases |

Plymouth: A city that grows good businesses

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8th December, 2017
Blog | News |

Social Enterprise UK’s Honorary Fellows

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21st July, 2017
News | Press releases |

Planning permission granted for Market Hall development

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13th June, 2017
News | Press releases |

European Funding is a Game Changer

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12th May, 2017
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Don’t use schools for audience development

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24th April, 2017
Blog |

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

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29th November, 2016
News | Press releases |

Real Ideas Organisation wins national social enterprise award

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23rd November, 2016
News | Press releases |

Treasury’s Autumn Statement delivers major investment for Market Hall

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14th October, 2016
News | Press releases |

Real Ideas Organisation finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards

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21st June, 2016
Blog |

The secret behind Ballot Street Spice success

Nicholas Clitheroe, RIO Consultant

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10th February, 2016
Blog |

Next Gen. report raising profile of digital creativity

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7th August, 2015
Blog |

Top ten tips and techniques for transformative social enterprise terraforming

Here are my top tips and techniques for supporting social enterprise growth in rural areas.

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24th June, 2015
Blog |

Where public and private sector dare not/care not tread

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