Associate Bridge


Sadler's Wells is part of a national network of Bridge organisations, funded by Arts Council England to connect children, young people, schools and families with arts and culture. 

Working alongside three other Associate Bridge organisations The RoundhouseApples and Snakes and Lyric Hammersmith between April 2012 and March 2015, Sadler’s Wells supports A New Direction, London’s lead Bridge organisation to implement the strategic bridge plan for London.

This includes driving and increasing engagement in Arts Award and Artsmark

Highlights of our Associate Bridge programme include;

  1. Developing an interactive educational website that connects the cultural and educator sectors in Islington. This project responded to consultations with cultural and education sectors in Islington.  The project benefitted from input from strategic partners who are part of the Arts Education Strategic Advisory Group in Islington; in addition three schools were co-commissioners for the website, ensuring it met the needs of the education sector. The project was part of an action research project, Connected London. Further information on Connected London can be found here.

  2. Development of a national on-line toolkit for the Artsmark Network that has supported schools to develop their dance offer. Sadler’s Wells has worked in partnership with Youth Dance England and an independent Artsmark consultant and dance professional to develop a resource for education settings on how to develop their dance offer. This included three films, case studies and interactive guides. The resource responded to feedback from Trinity College London that dance was preventing a high number of schools from meeting the criteria. The resource has been rolled out nationally with a reach of 3,200 contacts.

  3. Bringing together creative organisations to develop a Shared Arts Award offer – Fifteen arts and cultural organisations, alongside the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden enacted a pilot project that explored opportunities to build a flexible, local Shared Arts Award offer across Camden and Islington. This pilot taught us about the benefits and complexities of a group of partners working together. The evaluation of the project has highlighted some real strengths such as supporting professional development, increasing confidence with the award and creating more opportunities for exchange. However the key highlight has been the ability to respond to gaps in provision for children and young people and present an exciting and extensive offer across the two boroughs.

  4. Piloting Arts Award in the DanceQuest project, embedding Bronze into DanceQuest London– The pilot, lead by Sadler’s Wells and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance achieved and exceeded its aims. With all 82 young learners across five schools actively engaging with the award and 74 achieved their Bronze Arts Award. The key outcome has been that learning from this project has been disseminated to the dance sector.

  5. Sustainability of Sadler’s Wells Associate Bridge projects – Sadler’s Wells has been highly successful at building successful partnerships and generating income to increase the impact and reach of projects. In 2013/2014 58% of project funding was generated from other sources.
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