About

Liverpool, famous for its vibrant art, culture and people, is known as the ‘Pool of Life’. Culturepool is a Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP) initiative signposting educators to exciting art and culture that is relevant to children and young people.

Culturepool was developed in response to teachers and education leaders who wanted to know where to look for cultural education resources, activities and experiences for their students. Now, at any time, cultural organisations can directly upload their offers and schools can view these offers.

LLP is a founding member of the Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership (LCEP) which was established in March 2016 in response to Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Challenge. This asks local areas to join up to share resources and bring about a more coherent and visible delivery of cultural education so that more children and young people can:

  • Visit and experience exhibitions, concerts, shows and plays
  • Make and create their own art
  • Reflect and report on their learning and experiences

Please get in touch if you’d like to be added to the mailing list for our newsletters and updates.

Culturepool also publishes opportunities for teachers and education leaders to:

  • Network and take part in continuing professional development
  • Develop partnerships with local arts and cultural organisations and artists
  • Explore careers opportunities for young people in the cultural sector
  • Link to Curious Minds, which champions cultural education across the North West and supports Artsmark and Arts Award; and their Culture Hubs website where you can find wider information about art, culture and Local Cultural Education Partnerships across the North West.

Please get in touch if you’d like to let us know what you think of the website, and how we can improve it.

Thank you for visiting Culturepool!

Latest offers

dot-art

Celebrate dot-art Schools 10th birthday

Cost: £150

dot-art Schools are working in partnership with Edge Hill University to launch their 10th annual art competition for schools across…

dot-art Schools are working in partnership with Edge Hill University to launch their 10th annual art competition for schools across Liverpool City Region and beyond. To mark this milestone birthday, dot-art and Edge Hill are looking to the future and the importance of sustainability by inviting children to create art themed around protecting the environment, to highlight the importance of looking after our planet. As usual participating schools can enter Yr 5 or Yr 9 student artworks on any topic with theme of "Protecting Our Environment" being optional.  If you are new to the competition here's a quick run down of the details: What is dot-art Schools?
  • dot-art Schools is an interactive, online, inter-school, art competition, taking place annually and culminating in a public exhibition of the winning artworks and prize giving celebration for teachers, students and their families.
  • The competition is open to all Primary (Year 5) and Secondary (Year 9) and SEND schools in the six boroughs of Liverpool City Region and near neighbours. It is designed to nurture talent, raise aspiration and take art out of the classroom into the real world.
  • Set up in 2012 in response to demand from local schools and the side-lining of the arts in the curriculum, to date over 9000 children from 602 schools have taken part.
Why participate?
  • Join dot-art Schools to celebrate children and young people’s creativity, build their confidence and improve well-being.
  • Research by Hope University and Curious Minds NW has proven our impact.
  • Download our leaflet outlining 10 reasons to join us plus other key details. Visit our website for more information and to register your school online by Christmas.

Art & design

150 200 dot-art Artsmark
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stages 2–3

dot-art

PV School Design Challenge!

Cost: FREE

Enter the PV School Design Challenge and you could see your design feature on a new sculpture in Liverpool’s Knowledge…

Enter the PV School Design Challenge and you could see your design feature on a new sculpture in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter! KQ Liverpool and dot-art have come together to launch a competition for secondary school pupils to bring to life a giant sculpture which will be sited at the heart of the new Paddington Village development in the Knowledge Quarter of the city. Students in Year 7–11 at any school within the Liverpool City Region can enter, using the template provided, and designs must link to science and technology, which is at the heart of KQ Liverpool. A local artist will then transfer the winning design onto a permanent, public sculpture which will be showcased on Paddington Village. The winning young artist will be credited on a plaque as the designer of the sculpture, as well as receiving a trophy and a bundle of art supplies as recognition of their achievement. The winning school will receive £500 to put towards art and creative supplies. Winners and runners up will be invited to a special celebration to unveil the sculpture.

Art & design

free dot-art Artsmark
Young people’s opportunity to make, create, compose, or perform
Key Stages 3–4

Leamington Community Primary School

Anti-Bullying Week Art Commissions

Cost: FREE

Calling for: Artists/ Arts Organisations specialising in Visual Art Date of workshops: Week beginning 15th November 2021 We are looking…

Calling for: Artists/ Arts Organisations specialising in Visual Art Date of workshops: Week beginning 15th November 2021 We are looking for artists to work with one class of 30 children aged 5-11 to produce collaborative artworks based on the theme of  ‘One Kind Word’, linked to the school’s work on anti-bullying week. We welcome applications from a range of visual arts including painting, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, collage etc. We had a few ideas (but we are open to more so please feel free to share yours) including:
  • A mural on the shed (sensory garden)
  • Bird feeders (sensory garden/ outdoor classroom)
  • Musical instruments (sensory garden)
  • Pebble paths (sensory garden
We are looking to commission artists for each year group from Reception to Year 6 and we welcome applicants to specify the age group they would like to work with. Successful applicants will spend 1 day in school working with the children (4-6 hours) between 9am - 3pm and will be given ½ day planning and preparation time. There will also be an Art Exhibition on Friday 19thNovember, which applicants can visit voluntarily. The fee is £300. This includes:
  • 1 face-to-face workshop in school with a group of 30 children to produce a collaborative piece of art for display around the school grounds.
  • ½ day planning and preparation time.
  • Completion of an evaluation questionnaire
Please submit a proposal on how you would deliver the commission and your ideas for the creative content. You need to include:
  • Your experience of working with young people and networks of schools (please give examples, e.g. through online links, website, etc.).
  • An outline of your approach to the commission, explaining how it will link to the theme of ‘One Kind Word’ and the genre of artwork you are planning to use.
  • The year group or age range you would like to work with.
  • Where your finished artwork would be best displayed.
  • Which day of the week you would like to deliver the workshop.
  • An outline of resources school would need to provide.
Please send proposals to steph.leach@leamingtonprimary.com by 8th November 2021.

Art & design

free Leamington Community Primary School Artsmark Arts Award
Visit into school
EY - Key Stage 5

Vintage Playroom CIC

The Vintage Playroom half term kid’s…

Cost: £20

This half term Laura Keeley will again join us to lead our drama classes; and Rosa Harrison (vocalist) will teach…

This half term Laura Keeley will again join us to lead our drama classes; and Rosa Harrison (vocalist) will teach the children some musical theatre songs. Elzbieta Siwinska will engage children in the crafty world of paper toys and nature themed storytelling and games. Creative playtime scheduled throughout the day, including arts and crafts, origami, paper theatre, light and shadow theatre, musical storytelling and free play. Our venue has the perfect, inspiring setting for children to explore and enjoy their creative playtime. We show the children how to play the good old fashioned way, without mobile devices. They will get to know so many new games, make their own play sets and explore some vintage toys.
  • Recommended age from 5 years plus.
  • Small groups of up to 14 children, so please book in advance.
  • Runs from 25th-29th October from 10am-4pm Monday- Friday.
  • The cost is £20 per child/per day.
Come and join the fun at the Vintage playroom, 151 Great Howard Street, L3 7DL https://vintageplayroom.co.uk/half-term-kids-club TICKETS https://bookwhen.com/vintageplayroom

Art & design Drama

20 20 Vintage Playroom CIC Artsmark
Young people’s opportunity to make, create, compose, or perform
Key Stages 1–4

The Reader

Storybarn Christmas Outdoor Storytrail

Cost: £12.99

The Storybarn is thrilled to be partnering with Walker Books to bring families a brand new self-led outdoor story trail around…

The Storybarn is thrilled to be partnering with Walker Books to bring families a brand new self-led outdoor story trail around Calderstones Park this Christmas. Father Christmas has one final, almost-forgotten, gift left to deliver – but the reindeers are sick in bed and Harvey Slumfenburger lives on the top of the Roly Poly Mountain, which is far, far away. How will Father Christmas deliver the gift? Perhaps by boat or helicopter, buggie or hot air balloon?  Bundle up, put on wellies and bring your family on a festive and fully accessible trail around Calderstones Park, based on John Burningham’s classic picture book; Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present.  Follow the path marked on the map to complete the activities, and help Father Christmas delivery his very last present.   Sessions cost £12.99 for a family, and each child in your group will receive a map to take part (we'll let you decide who qualifies as the young adventurers in your party!) As you reach the end of the trail, each family will receive a gift-wrapped copy of Harvery Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present to take home, share and enjoy for many Christmases to come. (RRP £6.99)   12.99 20 The Reader
Young people’s opportunity to visit, experience and participate in art or culture
EY - Key Stage 5

International Strategy Delivery Group (ISDG)

International Student Welcome

Cost: FREE

We are offering an original Main Programme of either free or heavily subsidised events, as well as signposting to a…

We are offering an original Main Programme of either free or heavily subsidised events, as well as signposting to a selection of events by our range of partners across the Liverpool City Region's six amazing boroughs. Explore the website to find out more about the Region's cultural offerings. The International Student Welcome (ISW) is a programme run by the International Strategy & Delivery Group (ISDG) as part of the work of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the British Council to welcome students from around the world to our vibrant City Region.

Art & design Dance Drama English History Music

free International Strategy Delivery Group (ISDG)
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stage 5

The Reader

Gustavo the Shy Ghost

Cost: FREE

Half Term Halloween activities for families at the Storybarn! We are so excited to feature the vibrant and light hearted book Gustavo…

Half Term Halloween activities for families at the Storybarn! We are so excited to feature the vibrant and light hearted book Gustavo the shy ghost by Flavia Z. Drago for this October Half Term. Come and meet Gustavo a multi-talented ghost with a big heart and a love a music! He’s a master hider, he plays the violin and is an expert at glowing in the dark the only thing is he is a bit shy and has gone missing.  Help us find Gustavo and give him the courage to put on his very first concert. We will create some shadow puppets, learn about the day of the dead, read stories and have a spooktacular time. free The Reader
Young people’s opportunity to visit, experience and participate in art or culture
Key Stages 1–2

Bluecoat & Royal Opera House

Primary Arts Network: Create & Design…

Cost: FREE

Create & Design is an entirely FREE learning programme for KS2, aligned to the National Curriculum framework for Design &…

Create & Design is an entirely FREE learning programme for KS2, aligned to the National Curriculum framework for Design & technology and supporting Art & Design. The programme opens a window on the world of Ballet and theatre-craft.

Through this programme children are introduced to the Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and inspired by this, develop their own set design for the ballet; following a live brief from Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare and a 10-week scheme of work for teachers.

This is a blended learning CPD (Online & In Person) on the following dates:

*Wednesday 20th October: 4-5pm - (Online) - Introducing Create & Design digital resources.

*Wednesday 10th November: 1-4pm - (In Person) - CPD at Bluecoat led by a professional stage designer.

Find out more and register for the event here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/primary-arts-network-design-create-tickets-178039018497

Art & design Design & Technology

free Bluecoat & Royal Opera House Artsmark Arts Award
Digital/online activity or resource
Key Stage 2