Cultural Education Conference

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About the event

Leeds Cultural Education Partnership (LeedsCEP), in partnership with LEEDS 2023, will facilitate an action-packed day aimed at senior leaders, curriculum leaders, teachers and professionals from the arts and cultural sector. With a focus on curriculum and partnership working, the conference will provide an opportunity to hear from leading professionals in the field of education, arts, and cultural learning.  A range of workshops will be available on specific curriculum areas, where examples of best practice will be shared along with teaching and learning resources. A marketplace of arts and cultural organisations working in partnership with schools will be available over lunchtime.  

The day will include a keynote from Erica Whyman OBE, who will speak on leading with courage, reflecting on working in long-term creative partnership. Key takeaways will be available from the LeedsCEP and University of Leeds’ research project exploring methods for artists and teachers to co-create place-based learning. There'll also be an opportunity to get involved shaping research into how city-wide data can help us address the tensions and drivers for cultural engagement in schools. You'll also hear from an expert panel of arts and educational practitioners discussing how schools, artists and the cultural sector can work together for the benefit of children and young people.

Join us for a day of learning, conversation, and connection, as we head towards the end of this Year of Culture and look to the future of arts and cultural education in Leeds and beyond.  


Application for bursaries is now closed.

We understand that teachers’ time is precious and that school resources are limited. To acknowledge this, we have a limited number of school bursaries of £125 available to cover the cost of staff taking a day away from teaching to come and attend the conference.   

To be eligible, you must be a teacher in Leeds or Bradford. 

These are available via application and will be paid upon confirmed attendance to the full-day conference.   

State schools that have not previously engaged with LEEDS 2023 will be prioritised. These will then be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. You must have booked a ticket to be considered.  

Expressions of interest will be closed once all bursary spots have been filled. We will aim to get back to you within 2 weeks of your submission.


Expression of interest is now closed.

As part of this event, we're hosting a marketplace of arts and cultural organisations that work in partnership with schools and have offers they want to share with teachers.

By expressing your interest, you're confirming that:

  • You are available on Monday 4 December and can arrive for set up at 7.45am at The Tetley in Leeds. You agree that you will have set up your stall by 8.15am.  

  • You will staff the marketplace during the event, particularly during lunch time, scheduled for 1pm – 2pm, when there will be the highest footfall at the marketplace.  

  • You will be provided with a trestle table (6ft x 2ft), chairs, tablecloth.  

Please note that stalls will not have access to power supply. We recommend bringing 4G-enabled devices should access to the internet be needed for any laptops or iPads.  


Important Information

Free, booking required


8 hours 30 minutes

Event begins at 8.45am (doors open from 8.15am for registration).

Dietary requirements

To ensure that we can meet your dietary requirements, you must book a ticket before Monday 13 November.

Conference Programme

Teas and coffees available upon arrival.

By Dr Briony Thomas – Chair of LeedsCEP and Chris Ansell – Head of Creative Learning and Engagement at LEEDS 2023, with a performance by special guests.

Leading with Courage with Erica Whyman OBE

Reflections on working in long-term creative partnership.

This discussion brings together a panel comprising of Imogen Bond (Royal Opera House), Kat Cafferky (Trinity Academy Leeds), Colin Jackson (Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival and Creative Learning Partnerships), Zeena Rasheed (Penistone Grammar School and National Drama), and Kathryn Welford (Arts Council England).

Chaired by John McMahon (Bradford 2025).

A short 15 minute break.

Choose from one of the following three sessions to attend: 

  1. Culture on the Doorstep: Co-creating place-based learning with Greenmount Primary School and Seacroft Grange  

    This project brings together a team from arts, education and community-based planning to explore creative place-based learning, within the context of 15-minute neighbourhoods.

  2. Accessible Cultural Learning: what are the considerations? 

    A panel comprising of Diane Paterson (Yorkshire Association for Music and Special Education Needs - YAMSEN), Danny West (Moor Allerton Hall Primary School and Feel the Music CIC), Mark Wilson (Wellsprings Academy Trust), and Kate Fellows (Leeds Museums and Galleries). 

  3. How can pupil voice inform your schools cultural learning offer?

    Hear from students and teachers from Carr Manor Community School and Cockburn School on the importance of pupil voice to support your school’s cultural offer. This session will reference Wish 7 from the 12 Wishes by Child Friendly Leeds.

Hear from a panel from the University of Leeds, Leeds City Council and Open Innovations about research that serves to address the lack of data on cultural engagement in schools. Explore an open data resource that aims to facilitate evidence-based policymaking at both local and national levels and get involved to inform the next phase of work. 

A specially recorded short video by Carol Leeming, discussing her work on an inclusive creative curriculum delivered in partnership with The City Classroom in Leicester, and how this led to the curation of Black Arts Resources used by primary and secondary schools across the city.

Learn more about international models of working with Professor Ally Walsh, Professor of Performance and Social Change (School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds).

By Dr Briony Thomas – Chair of LeedsCEP, Chris Ansell – Head of Creative Learning and Engagement at LEEDS 2023, and Eve Roodhouse – Chief Officer, Culture and Economy at Leeds City Council. 

Choose from one of the following two sessions to attend: 

  1. Leeds Cultural Education Partnership: Youth Voice in the City  

    Hear from LeedsCEP Youth Voice Pod who will be presenting case studies on work in this area. Speakers include: Philippa Ranger (Northern School of Contemporary Dance – NSCD), Anna Smith (Youth Association, Leeds Youth Alliance), Jenny Rutherford (Play, Leeds City Council), and Laura Rakotonirina (LEEDS 2023).

  2. Leeds Cultural Education Partnership: Creative Career Pathways  

    Join Amy Lancelot (Leeds Playhouse), Rachel Lythe (Leeds Heritage Theatres), Gaby Paradis Marques (Leeds City Council), and Niamh Byrne (LEEDS 2023), to discuss creative career pathways for young people, to hear more about current projects, and to workshop different considerations under key themes, relevant to today’s climate.

A short 15 minute break.

An opportunity to come together across sectors to discuss the future of creative learning in the region.

Facilitated by Rhiannon Hannon (Bradford 2025) and Caroline Pearce (LEEDS 2023).

By Wieke Eringa - Associate Director of the Cultural Institute.  

A chance to network with other professionals in the sector.

End of conference.



A contemporary art gallery in Leeds’ South Bank.

Plan your visit

By Bus

The Tetley is 0.8 km from Leeds Bus Station and nearby to other bus routes in Leeds.

Check the First Bus Leeds journey planner to find your best bus route.

By Car

There are no onsite parking facilities at The Tetley.

The nearest car park is:

RCP Car Park
Sheaf Street, Leeds, LS10 1HD
(Approximately 0.3 km away)

For information on discounted parking nearby, visit The Tetley's website.

By Train

Leeds train station is 0.8 km from The Tetley.

For more information check National Rail Enquiries.

Accessibility & Advisories

Assistance dogs are welcome and water can be provided upon request.

The lift is located to the rear of the building for access to all floors.

There are toilets on all floors and accessible toilets on the ground and second floors.


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