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Captivate Survey- Still time 

At Captivate, we want you to help us shape arts and cultural education in our county by taking part in our Survey (see below)- we want to hear from you about your arts, creative and cultural education offer. If you don't know already, Captivate is Nottinghamshire's cultural education partnership. Below is a QR code or link here where you can take part in our survey,  it  will take about 3 minutes of your time. The information we gather will help support our next three-year funding application to Arts Council England and increase the opportunities for cultural education projects in Nottinghamshire. Please complete by 27th October 2021.

As a thank you, you will be entered into a draw to win a free family ticket to see a show at Mansfield Palace Theatre or win £50 worth of 
Amazon vouchers. 



After a year of delivering their weekly dance and music projects online the Inspire Youth Arts team, based at The Old Library on Leeming Street, Mansfield are back and looking for new recruits!

As well as a number of contemporary dance groups at venues across the county, the team also run a street dance group, MX Street Dance Collective, at the Old Library each week. For the more musically minded they have a wide range of music sessions taking place, from their very own Old Library Rock School programme and Singer-Songwriter Academy, to swing bands, choirs, steel pans and urban music, taking place in their professional recording studio and rehearsal rooms. 

Get full details of their autumn programme HERE

First Art's Light Up Film 

BIG THANKYOU to the children of Leamington Primary School, Ashfield,  St Peter's C of E Primary School, Mansfield, and Lady Bay Primary School, Rushcliffe, for taking part in this short film. Created by Captivate partner First Art with film maker Todd Franklin of Spore Media, this short film tells the story of how First Art teamed up with schools and care homes to brighten peoples’ days across Leamington in Ashfield, Bellamy Road in Mansfield, South Normanton in Bolsover and Clay Cross in North East Derbyshire. 

Watch the film HERE

The Big Draw

The Big Draw 2021 - FACES, PLACES

 Inspire libraries will have FREE material kits with easy to follow instructions and FACES, PLACES card coasters to draw or paint your portrait on for this year’s Big Draw and help make a portrait of the county. The kits will be available to collect free of charge from 1 October. Full details HERE
  1. Simply pop into an Inspire Library, pick up a kit and get drawing from home.
  2. If you need a bit of guidance, pick up a kit and book onto one of our free live zoom sessions with artist Emma Reynard.
  3. Come to a library and explore portraiture together. Materials are free and included.

Lady pointing in a castle

National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum and Newark Castle: 

Fully facilitated, interactive and curriculum-linked learning opportunities for children of all ages, delivered with the strong belief that you can’t beat real-life, hands-on experiences.

What were the causes of the British Civil Wars? Who were the soldiers and what was life like for ordinary people during the wars?  Using fun costumes, replica objects and access to the museum’s civil war galleries, children in KS2 and 3 can discover the answers through a selection of workshops. 

Our Learning Sessions are not just about the Civil War either as we also look after the Newark Museum collection. This academic year we have introduced an Ice Age Journeys half-day workshop in local schools and a Victorian tour of Newark.  Borrow a Discovery Box to use in the classroom, or try one of our new Object Theatre Boxes such as the Museum of Me – objects, digital resources and sound/video files to enrich a local history topic.

For more information visit HERE

Captivate's Latest Menu of Arts Opportunities is HERE

In this booklet, which will be revised and added to every few months,
you’ll find highlights of our upcoming events, and training and creative opportunities available to you from Arts and Cultural organisations from across Nottinghamshire. Make sure you’re signed up to recieve our regular menu updates. The next issue will be out in October 2021.
You can sign up HERE

All listings will tell you the key stage they are appropriate for, as well as contact details for the event organiser and whether they are Artsmark or Arts Award projects:

Artsmark-Find out more HERE Arts Award-Find out more HERE

About Captivate: We are the creative home for children and young people, schools, teachers and cultural enablers across Nottinghamshire to access high- quality arts and cultural experiences.

We are a programme of partner-led activities connecting arts and creative opportunities through ideas, people and places across Nottinghamshire with a current focus on the areas of Ashfield and Mansfield.

Download Schools Menu

For a printed version please email

Arts and Cultural Offers in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire- Share information

Captivate and ChalleNGe are gathering information for teachers and educators so they can quickly and easily find out about cultural and creative opportunities available for their children and young people in Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City.  Please fill this form in as many times as you like throughout the year, with as much detail as possible for your core ongoing offers as well as time-limited projects.

Here's the link:

Captivate School's Membership

Join Captivate's Membership 

Captivate’s membership is a free offer open to Schools, Special Educational Needs and Inclusion settings. Membership gives you access to the full range of arts and cultural opportunities across Nottinghamshire. 

Join Here 

Benefits of being a member include:

• Engage in CPD training opportunities 

• Receive Captivate’s Menu of Opportunities, a free resource highlighting events, training and opportunities 

• Support for schools to deliver Arts Award and Artsmark

• Take part in the Creative Schools Network 

• Engage in young people’s cultural enterprise projects 

• Be part of the creation and delivery of cultural programmes

• Receive special offers and opportunities from our arts and cultural members

As a school you will need to: 

o             Provide a dedicated person who can act as an arts and cultural ambassador

o             Take part in Captivate and cultural partner opportunities

Captivate is led by a partnership of schools, cultural and arts organisations working together to provide high quality cultural education opportunities, with a primary focus on Ashfield and Mansfield). 


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