Project Date: February 22, 2018 Skills: HEAR, Future generations

Young people’s cultural engagement

Government policy says that school age children should engage in cultural activities for a minimum of 5 hours per week. CI was asked to map the offer to people aged 0-19 of cultural organisations in Colchester and South Suffolk. The research would be used to support the development of a bid for a £2.5m project to pilot how this can be achieved.

Data was collected from all major cultural organisations serving The Haven Gateway area in Suffolk and north Essex. It was tidied up and mapped against population data. A digest of the cultural offer of each of the organisations was produced. Methodologies included GIS data mapping, data analysis, demographic profiling, preparation of an advocacy report.

The research showed that in the previous 12 months cultural organisations in South Suffolk and Colchester district had engaged with more than 80,000 young people. Also that the area has a relatively high take-up of Arts subjects at GCSE and A level. The partnership bid for £2.5m from central government was not successful however, the research led to the development of a mini-pilot in one area of the County with cultural organisations developing an improved and more joined-up offer to young people.

Thank you to

Aldeburgh Music, Bury St Edmunds Gallery, Dance East, Eastern Angles Theatre Company, Firstsite, Gainsbourgh House, Ipswich & Colchester Museums Service, Ipswich Town Hall Galleries, Long Shop Museum, Mercury Theatre, Museum of East Anglian Life, New Wolsey Theatre, Signals, Suffolk Music Service, Suffolk Drama Service (lea), Theatre Royal Bury