Welcome to Culturepool, a resource for teachers and education professionals working with young people. Culturepool aims to help you connect young people to local art and culture across the Liverpool City Region.

We regularly update content to keep it live and relevant.  We are currently encouraging cultural partners to upload learning opportunities that are accessible online, allow for social distancing and respond to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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English National Opera

Finish This… A music making project…

Cost: FREE

A creative music making project for primary schools, bringing a fusion of opera, live film and animation straight to your…

A creative music making project for primary schools, bringing a fusion of opera, live film and animation straight to your classroom for FREE this Autumn 2021. Finish This is a new digital project from for pupils aged 7 - 11 years, focusing on supporting children to develop their music making skills, promoting self-expression, creativity, collaboration and well-being. The project also supports teachers to reconnect children with their school community with a fun and unique learning experience. Using a specially commissioned operatic work as a starting point, we will inspire your pupils to create and produce their own music through an invitation to respond to, and resolve, unfinished artistic work. Your class will
  • Experience opera in a unexpected way
  • Be able to express themselves and respond creatively
  • Increase self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement
  • Develop critical engagement to listen and decode music
  • Be encouraged to develop their own music interpretations
  • Experiment with ways of organising music to communicate meaning
  • Reconnect with their peers and the curriculum with a fun and unique learning experience
Project package includes
  • An Educational film developed specifically for primary learners
  • Operatic music performed by the world-class ENO Orchestra and Chorus
  • Composition toolkit, with digital and printed resources,
  • Teacher learning resource pack, with additional cross-curriculum exercises
  • Online CPD for teachers, introducing the toolkit and new approaches to music making in the classroom
  • The opportunity to celebrate and share your pupils’ music submissions with parents, peers and the school community.

Art & design Music

free English National Opera
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stage 2

Rob Keeley, Children's author and workshop leader

Creative Writing School Workshops: Where Were…

Cost: FREE

Two linked half-day school workshops commissioned by Liverpool Learning Partnership and Writing on the Wall as part of Liverpool Year…

Two linked half-day school workshops commissioned by Liverpool Learning Partnership and Writing on the Wall as part of Liverpool Year of Writing (#LiverpoolWrites). The workshops are designed to look at the world we live in at this moment in time, and to allow young people to express themselves creatively around contemporary themes.  The first workshop focuses on the past and present, and the second on the future. The worksheets for the two workshops are free to download.  Each workshop has:
  • An opening short story by Rob Keeley, to be used as a class reader/literacy text in advance of each workshop to establish the themes and set the scene
  • An opening writing warm-up for the class or group
  • An opening discussion of the themes of the workshop
You can then split your class or group into three smaller groups, respectively tackling Poetry, Prose and Drama around the theme of that workshop.  There are three writing briefs on these, one for each group, to be given to those groups at both workshops and used to produce Creative Writing around that day's theme. Any questions about the above can be emailed to Rob Keeley who schools can also book separately (for a fee) to host the workshops virtually over Zoom.

English

free Rob Keeley, Children's author and workshop leader Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 2–3

Boat of Hope

Boat of Hope – Creative Competition

Cost: FREE

Calling all secondary school students… We are launching a national art competition for you to unleash your creativity. Be as…

Calling all secondary school students… We are launching a national art competition for you to unleash your creativity. Be as imaginative as possible in creating artwork that illustrates what 'hope' looks like to you. Schools understand better than anyone how difficult the last year has been for young people and the impact it has had on their mental health and wellbeing. In response, serial fundraiser and adventurer Bernie Hollywood OBE, has pledged to take on the unimaginable: rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, alone - all to raise money and awareness for mental health in schools. The judging panel for the competition are looking for any artwork that illustrates what 'hope' looks like to you. Perhaps depicting a journey through mental health challenges you, or those close to you, may have experienced. This could be an early morning sunrise, a loved one or the feeling of going on holiday. The panel will be looking for the most creative designs - something like an upside-down rainbow as a person’s smile, the sunrise shining from a person’s head or something else that’s eye-catching and unique. Make sure you stand out from the crowd!

See Your Artwork Join Bernie on The Boat of Hope

Six winners will be chosen. The prize? Winning entries will be included in a bespoke wrap designed by renowned UK artist Justin Eagleton which will be featured on Bernie's custom-made rowing boat and could be seen by up to 800 million people. The Boat of Hope mural will adorn Bernie's Boat of Hope which is due to be unveiled this autumn in London, before setting to sea on Bernie's epic voyage next year. If you win, you will also be invited to attend this exciting and exclusive launch, accompanied by a parent or guardian and a representative from your school. All winners will also be invited to a private art lesson with Justin Eagleton. Please note: only one entry is allowed per school.

Art & design

free Boat of Hope
Young people’s opportunity to make, create, compose, or perform
Key Stages 3–5

Culture Liverpool

Good Business Festival Hub

Cost: FREE

The Good Business Festival Youth Summit and education programme is hosted in a new kitchen garden at Knowsley Safari. The…

The Good Business Festival Youth Summit and education programme is hosted in a new kitchen garden at Knowsley Safari. The kitchen garden will help young people from Knowsley and beyond learn about horticulture, food production and sustainability. The garden has been built with the support from the Incredible Edible Foundation who will be organising special workshops for local schools over the coming months. It’s just one part of a new education initiative being delivered by The Good Business Festival – a three-day event across the city region from 7-9th July focusing on ethical, inclusive and purpose-driven business in July of this year. The education programme will include a set of special workshops for young people across the city region from partners including  Dot Art, Metal, UK Youth for Nature, Abandon Normal Devices, Collective Encounters, Liverpool World Centre, The Bluecoat and the British Antarctic Survey amongst others. The programme will also be transformed into a digital resource which will be made available to schools and community groups across the Liverpool City Region and beyond. In addition, the Good Business Festival are working with Knowsley Council to deliver a special youth summit this summer, taking inspiration from the COP26 United Nations climate change conference being held this autumn in Glasgow. The summit - hosted by TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham - will bring together hundreds young people from across the Liverpool City Region to take part in a schedule of talks and activities exploring how business impacts climate, the environment and animal habitats. Taking full advantage of the surroundings of Knowsley Safari, the Youth Summit includes a line-up of special activities and interactive sessions from conservation tours to animal-themed aerobics. Official youth programme partners include Knowsley Safari, British Antarctic Survey, Collective Encounters, Metal, Dot Art, UK Youth for Nature, Incredible Edible Foundation, Liverpool World Centre, Abandon Normal Devices (AND), Liverpool Schools Parliament, Roots and Wings, Knowsley Safari, The Bluecoat free Culture Liverpool Artsmark Yes
Digital/online activity or resource
EY - Key Stage 5