Arts Council

Arts Council England was set up in 1946, by Royal Charter, to champion and develop art and culture across the country. They’re governed by an Executive Board and National and Area Councils.

Discover Wellbeing is a creative mental health and wellbeing programme that will took place in five schools in the West Midlands during Autumn 2019 and was supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Parts of the programme were filmed, and children took part in a community performance to share their learning across the school communities.


Brilliant, loved it. Saw a different side of some of the children!

  Stuart Guest, Head, Colebourne Primary

Artswork enables children and young people through arts and culture to find their voice, become skilled leaders and achieve their aspirations. Building strategic alliances, Artswork specialises in advocating for change and delivering positive outcomes for children and young people.


Artswork is delighted that You, Me, Together has been awarded a Performing Arts & Music Award from the Creative Learning Guild. This Award has recognised the inspirational impact of You, Me, Together, and the value of arts, culture and creativity in addressing the wellbeing and mental health issues of children and young people. For this programme to engage so many children and young people from across Milton Keynes in the conversation was testament to the need, as was the learning around how they perceived and expressed their wellbeing. Well done to everyone involved; it’s most heartily deserved.

  Jane Byrant, Chief Executive
Chisenhale Gallery

Chisenhale Gallery has an award winning, 38-year history as one of London’s most innovative forums for art. With a reputation for identifying new artistic talent, they believe in making cultural impact through working with artists and learning from their neighbours. They develop ideas with artists over a one- to two-year incubation period, from concept to completion.


Collaborating with Artis has fundamentally changed for the better how we, as a non-profit contemporary gallery, are able to engage local primary school children.

Artis Specialist Pop embodies our values of being collaborative, supportive, curious, inspiring and inclusive; crucially, she is encouraging the next generation to learn and share those same values through the arts and creative expression.

  Zoé Whitley, Director, Chisenhale Gallery
City of London Corporation Trust

City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates. It was established to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London.

Artis was extremely pleased to secure funding from the City of London Corporation’s Inspiring London through Culture grant for a series of creative workshops in the gallery in 2019/20. Off the Canvas! is a free workshop for 1,800 children from across the country to experience the beautiful exhibition space of the Guildhall Art Gallery and explore Victorian London through the performing arts.


Fantastic workshop! Children were really engaged and able to access some difficult artwork concepts. Thank you.

  Hanna, Teacher, St Mary and St Pancras COE Primary
London Community Response Fund

As a response to this crisis London’s funders have been working together to provide a coordinated funding to support groups responding to the needs of the capital’s communities.



I just wanted to say thank you for the videos. I have used them with the children who are in school and they have loved them! They join in enthusiastically and the mix of activities is perfect.

I have also heard very positive feedback from parents who have used them at home. One mum was delighted to finally 'see' Flick as she had heard so much about him from her children! It is lovely to know that the children are getting the opportunity to do upbeat, fun activities. I feel that you cannot help but smile when Flick is teaching; he spreads joy and that is hugely important at this time.

  Michelle, Assistant Head Teacher, Malmesbury Primary School
Milton Keynes Arts Education (MAKE)

In a survey of 338 Schools in 2016, 55% had experience a large increase in cases of stress and anxiety amongst young people. In an evolving initiative to understand and support young people’s mental health and wellbeing, Milton Keynes Council Public Health and NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) created an innovative project called You, Me, Together, supported with investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge, and delivered in partnership with the MK Cultural Education Partnership (led by Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes).


We are thrilled that this collaborative project borne out of the MK Cultural Education Partnership has been recognised in this way, it really shows how MAKE has led to collaborative fundraising, new relationships and mutual learning to achieve real results for children and young people in MK.

  Jill Stansfield, Chair of MAKE (MK’s Cultural Education Partnership)
Milton Keynes Council

Milton Keynes Council Public Health and NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) created an innovative project called You, Me, Together, supported with investment from Artswork, the South East Bridge, and delivered in partnership with the MK Cultural Education Partnership (led by Arts & Heritage Alliance Milton Keynes).


It is fantastic to see MK organisations working together with cultural education delivery experts, such as Artis, to deliver a project and final film that supported our young people to engage with what mental health and wellbeing is, and means to them.  This shows the power of culture and creativity to develop children and young people’s self-esteem, wellbeing and their ability to shape the creative future of MK.

  Pete Marland, Leader of MK Council
NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group

MK Commissioning Clinical Commissioning group (CCG) is the lead health commissioning organisation in Milton Keynes. It has the responsibility and accountability for overseeing the series of connected commissioning disciplines which taken together form what is known as the commissioning or planning cycle.


Our commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in Milton Keynes is one of the key aims of the CCG. We commissioned the You, Me, Together film as we were keen to hear from the voices of children on whose behalf we commission mental health services.

  Jill Wilkinson, Director of Health and Social Care Integration at NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group
Royal Northern College of Music

Artis is a Professional Partner of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). This  has encompassed the accreditation of our Postgraduate Diploma in Performing Arts Leadership (PGDip PAL), the support of trained musicians to acquire new skills beyond performance, the sharing of best practice and the diversification of the curriculum and the delivery of the Masters programme.


The RNCM is very proud of its relationship with Artis, which is unique in the HE sector and geared towards the provision of quality artistic experience for school children on a systematic and regular basis. We wholeheartedly endorse the extensive network of high-quality learning activities they have been building up around the UK.

  Prof. Linda Merrick, Vice-Principal, Royal Northern College of Music

The RSA Evidence Champions Network is a national community of practitioners which champions the use of evidence in arts and cultural learning in all settings, and supports its members to share best practice and learn from each other.


We were delighted to be invited to join the RSA Evidence Champions Network as a collection of arts organisations committed to improving and sharing their evaluation. This year we have been focusing on evaluation so that we can better share the impact of Artis’ work in schools.

  Rebecca Boyle Suh, Chair of Trustees and Artis Co-Founder

As content partner, Artis shares its teaching resources through TES, the largest network of teachers in the world.

To view all of Artis resources please go to


Thank you so much for sharing, you are helping to inspire teachers and students all over the world!

  C Hill, member of the TES Panel
Sing Up

Sing Up is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation providing the complete singing solution for schools, with access to the unique Song Bank, tailored resources, training and personalised support. Singing improves learning, confidence, health and social development and enhance whole school development. Sing Up’s cross-curricular tools and support put singing at the heart of school life, building the benefits of singing into teaching throughout the whole school day.


Sing Up and Artis share many of the same beliefs and approaches to working with schools. Both organisations believe passionately in the power of creativity and the arts in education, and seek to work with schools to enable them to harness the benefits of embedding the arts across the curriculum and throughout the school day. We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a visionary organisation who do great work, and look forward to sharing our collective insights, expertise and knowledge with each other and with the schools we work with.

  Michelle James, Sing Up Chief Executive

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