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Curious Minds

Curious Minds is an Arts Council England bridge organisation.

Curious Minds is a company dedicated to helping people and organisations realise their greatest asset - their creative potential.

It is a creative social enterprise delivering high quality programmes and services to partners and clients concerned with education and learning, regeneration and cohesion, and the development of social and emotional well being.

It believes it is everyone’s right to have the opportunity to live, learn and work creatively and it works to realise this ambition by enabling creative collaboration, and prides itself in an ability to make collaborative partnerships work effectively with experience developing partnerships between a wide range of service providers.

About bridge organsations

As part of our goal to make sure that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture, Arts Council England funds a network of 10 bridge organisations as part of the National portfolio. Each of these will use their experience and expertise to connect children and young people, schools and communities with art and culture.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,351,000
  • 2013-2014: £1,386,000
  • 2014-2015: £1,423,000

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Glen Meskell from Curious Minds tells us what teacher inspired him at school. You can join the campaign as well by sending a short video clip to or by sharing your comments and clips on the hashtag #stARTedinschool on Twitter.

Anne Savage (DJ) #stARTedinschool

The fantastic DJ Anne Savage joins the #stARTedinschool campaign and gives her thoughts on the importance of the arts in school.
Anne Savage:

Vox Pops with Teachers

Interviews with teachers across the North West and re-enacted by young people.
Part of the resources from our Curious about . . . Working with Schools workshops.

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Stewart Parsons - It #startedinschool

Stewart Parsons - The man behind Get it Loud in Libraries ( gave us his thoughts on his memories of school and how important arts were to him.

Curious Minds Celebrating Artsmark

On the 11 February, 2014, Curious Minds held a celebration event for schools right across the North West who had achieved Artsmark and Artsmark Gold status during round 13 of Arts Council England’s flagship programme – Artsmark - a programme that enables schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision to their students.

The Artsmark programme is delivered by Trinity College London and 10 regional Bridge organisations drive participation, one of which is Curious Minds in the North West.

Types of Schools

The landscape of education has changed dramatically over the past five years.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the difference between a free school, a studio school or a traditional state school.

This simple animation gives you a quick explanation of the current education landscape and the types of schools our students attend.
November 2013

Lisa O'Neill-Rogan: Octagon Theatre - Willow Project

Presentation of their work with children and young people who would not ‘normally’ be engaged with arts and culture. This formed part of the Curious Minds, Bridge Development Group seminar based on the theme of Engagement which took place in Cumbria

Celebrating Artsmark in North West Schools

During summer 2012 Curious Minds talked to nine North West schools about their success in achieving Artsmark or Artsmark Gold in Round 12. Staff and students described the impact Artsmark had on helping them understand how art, culture and partnerships with professional artists and arts organisations benefit staff and students. They described how the process has led to a positive impact on School Improvement and Ofsted recognition.

Simon Ruding from TiPP

Presentation of their work with children and young people who would not ‘normally’ be engaged with arts and culture. This formed part of the Curious Minds, Bridge Development Group seminar based on the theme of Engagement

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Contact details

Lodge House
Cow Lane
BB11 1NN

53.789001, -2.246

  • 53.789001 -2.246

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