Creative Educators Map

Connecting schools with teaching artists and cultural providers, to deliver enriching learning experiences

This map demonstrates the vast scale and diversity of our creative and cultural education workforce in a way that hasn’t been done before.

Teachers, school leaders and local authority commissioners can use this map to discover the expertise that already exists within their communities – who can help them plan and deliver enriching and engaging creative education experiences for young learners of all ages.

Drawing on these local resources also plays a crucial role in levelling up, supporting the economic of local cultural resources and workforce post-pandemic.

Search for creative providers by place name and zoom in to find out more about the expertise that exists in your area.

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About Us

Curious Minds is a leading charity which works to make high quality creative and cultural learning opportunities available to all children and young people, wherever they live and whatever their circumstance.

We do this by connecting teachers, youth workers and community leaders with artists and creative professionals; giving them access to information, expertise, space and resources to facilitate collaboration and innovation in the field of creative and cultural education.

We built this Creative Educators Map to demonstrate the vast scale and diversity of our creative and cultural education workforce in a way that hasn’t been done before. We also wanted to create a useful tool for teachers and school leaders; helping them to find and connect with the wealth of expertise that exists within their own local communities.

We believe that the skills and experience needed to support post-pandemic reconnection with learning, and to deliver engaging, enriching and enjoyable experiences for children, already exists in abundance within our communities. It is there in the form of freelance teaching artists, grassroot creative networks and cultural organisations. 

In spring and summer 2021, Curious Minds called on policy makers and school leaders to #PassTheBaton to the nation’s expert army of creative educators, to provide children with a summer of fun, friendship, and freedom.

Curious Minds is proud to be a member of the Cultural Learning Alliance.

Add yourself or your organisation

Whether you’re a freelance teaching artist, a grassroots cultural organisation or part of the Arts Council England Portfolio; if your practice involves teaching children and young people you can submit to be represented on this map. Let us know using the form below.

Organisation or Practitioner Name*
(This will be used to show your location on the map)
Public Email*
(This will be publicly visible on your information card.)
Personal Email*
(This is the email address we will use to contact you if we have any questions about your submission. It can be the same as the email address given above.)
Webpage or Facebook Page*
Type of Provider*
DBS Certificate Number or Update Service ID*
Logo or Profile Picture*
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Activities (Max: 280 characters)*
Can we (Curious Minds) use your email address to contact you about our wider work advocating for and supporting those working in the field of cultural education?

Please note

The information on this website has been compiled by Curious Minds in collaboration with PLMR and the network of regional Arts Council England Bridge Organisations. It collates data about practising UK-based arts professionals who work with children and young people into a single interactive map. The artists and organisations listed have not been vetted in any way and are not being endorsed by us. Schools and other organisations using this information to make links with artists in their area should always conduct their own safeguarding and reference checks.

New to commissioning external arts professionals? Your regional Arts Council England Bridge Organisation can also provide guidance and support, and we have listed their details below.

Curious Minds

(North West)

Culture Bridge North East

(North East)

We are IVE

(Yorkshire and the Humber)

Arts Connect

(West Midlands)

The Mighty Creatives

(East Midlands)

A New Direction


Royal Opera House Bridge

(East - Covering Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North Kent)

Festival Bridge

(East - Covering Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk)


(South East)

Real Ideas Organisation

(South West)

We are Curious Minds

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