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The Girl of Ink and Stars - Learning Programme

The Spark Arts for Children in association with Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries present:
The Girl of Ink and Stars
 A play by Satinder Chohan, based on the book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

The Girl of Ink and Stars book has been adapted into a gripping audio drama with the opportunity for listeners to be transported to the mythical island of Joya and be immersed in Isabella and Pablo’s world, joining them on their treacherous journey... all this can be experienced without leaving their seats!

Enriched learning opportunities include:

  • scaffolded learning plans that promote children to produce their own detailed adventures - supporting writing to a greater depth
  • digital sound effects and recordings designed by the composer
  • live Q&A sessions with actors and writers via video link

For children aged 7+
Key Themes: Friendship, resilience, courage, problem-solving

For free resources go to 

For enhanced learning offer contact


Design a bunting flag for this year's Big Draw

Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries are looking for oak tree-inspired designs to add to our exhibition! Your design can include oak leaves, acorns, or a whole tree. We’re looking for bold, simple outline designs...think of stained-glass windows.

Click here for more information 

We'll select some of your designs to be painted onto silk and become part of the Miner2Major festival bunting and The Big Draw Exhibition.
Its really simple to take part, click on the button below and follow the instructions on how to send us your design by 1 November 2020. 

Inspire Youth Arts

Free online dance and music classes for young people across Nottinghamshire

Inspire Youth Arts deliver a range of music, dance and digital projects and showcasing events. During the ongoing pandemic, we've not been able to do all the events we usually would but we have been able to move many of our regular groups and sessions to online delivery, with a few now offering in-person COVID -safe sessions too. 

To access  all the dance and music sessions we currently have on offer and for more information or to register your interest for one of the sessions please click here

We have a Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom that should answer any queries you have, however please do get in touch if there's anything else we can help with. The team can be contacted on 

The Mighty Creatives

Youth Cultural Life Fund is now open for young people 

TMC are happy to announce that the second round of the Youth Cultural Life Fund is now open! Applications are open for young people aged 14 – 21 years old, who wish to use their creative skills to make a positive change in their community during these challenging times. 

The Youth Cultural Life Fund invites young people to think of a creative idea that tackles some of the challenges we are facing now, in our lives and in our communities. How this is done is completely up to the young people, but should be about using their creativity. Their idea should help to bring about positive social change! 

Through the Youth Cultural Life Fund, TMC will:  

  • Award up to 50 bursaries to young people between now and March 2021  
  • Award bursaries of up to £250.00 for young people 14-17  
  • Award bursaries of up to £500.00 for young people 18-21  
  • Give young people the opportunity to reflect on Covid-19 and apply their creative skills to make positive change in their community  
  • Offer support from The Mighty Creatives’ ‘Creative Coaches’ and staff team to help develop their response 

Applicants must be aged between 14 and 21 years old and living in the East Midlands.

TMC also encourage  applications from adults on behalf of a young person who may be vulnerable, has additional needs or who cannot access the online form themselves.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 9am.

NEW Virtual Networks and School Membership 

For Schools and Educators: Captivate will be hosting a 'new' Schools Network on Thursday 1 October,  4-5pm. The virtual meeting will offer schools an insight into Captivate, hear from our Teacher Ambassadors and discuss future ideas. To join the conversations all you need to do is contact us
Captivate’s Schools Membership: As part of the Schools Network we will be launching a FREE offer; open to schools, special educational needs and inclusion settings. Membership gives you access to the full range of cultural and creative opportunities, teacher training, resources and regular e-news. 
For Artists, Arts and Cultural OrganisationsCaptivate will be hosting a virtual meet up on Thursday 24 September, 4-5pm this will be an opportunity to talk about your work and ideas for collaboration. Contact us here to access the Zoom details.


The Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity

The next festival will be taking place 10 - 17 February 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival will look slightly different; we will be using digital technologies where necessary and adapting to changes in restrictions as they come. Our schools projects have been designed so they can be adapted digitally, and we have consulted with teachers to develop an offer that provides support that's not disruptive and can be adapted to suit the changing needs of teachers and pupils. Our schools projects are open and free to all schools in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as well as home educated children. 

FOSAC Schools project

All of the schools participating in projects with the Festival of Science and Curiosity will be invited to showcase their work at the Real Science in Schools Symposium. This event is an opportunity for pupils to come together to share their investigations, learn from their peers and meet inspiring local scientists. In 2021, there will be two Symposia: one at the Nottingham Council House on Thursday 11th February and one at Mansfield Central Library on Friday 12th February. If necessary, these will be conducted virtually. 

If you’re interested in any of our other projects, or would like to develop something new with us, then please get in touch: 
Find our more about the Festival at 

Get This!
Get This!

Get This! is a new project led by Mansfield Palace Theatre, working with the Captivate partners to create an arts and cultural provision for looked after children aged 8-19 years across Mansfield and Ashfield. We are delighted to have been funded through The Mighty Creatives sector support commissions, to develop this new area of work for the partnership. As part of the commission, we will create new arts activities for looked after children, and work with Derby Theatre and Nottingham University to offer research, training and skills for artists. 

If you have a child that may benefit from this opportunity, please do get in touch.  


Go The Distance
Go The Distance-Announcing a brand new remote festival for new times

Go the Distance is First Art's way to bring communities together to experience and be part of some great cultural things, making the most of many of the new ways of doing things remotely, both on and offline.

First Art's innovative remote Festival brings light relief to communities in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire. The first chapter of the Festival includes: 

Everybody’s Home a specially curated bumper creative activity kit that will be sent out free of charge to hundreds of homes across the four areas. So far, First Art and partners across the four areas have distributed over 2,500 packs. 

Remote Access is designed to bring a bit of fun and entertainment to you at home in these moments of isolation via the wonders of the Web and digital technology.
We’re working with all sorts of different artists to create inspiring, quality content and online experiences that offer a chance to connect with others remotely.

All the shows are free (although there may be a Pay What You Decide donation option for one or two activities). Shows will run throughout June - dates and times will be announced very soon

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