The Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership

The Isle of Wight Cultural Education Partnership (IWCEP) is a committee of the Island Collection. We are a network of leaders from the arts, heritage and education sectors who have committed to work in partnership, adopt a shared approach, be responsive and align our aims and objectives to ensure that all children and young people on the Isle of Wight have access to creative and cultural opportunities. 

The IWCEP was formed as a direct response to the Arts Council England’s (ACE) Cultural Education Challenge and comprises cultural organisations including heritage, arts, libraries and museums, artists and school teachers from across the Island. We also have members from the Isle of Wight Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty, Youth Offending Team, IW Council and other interested parties too.

Between 2018 and 2020, IWCEP delivered an ACE and Artswork supported, Island-wide project, ‘Lift the Lid on Island Culture’, with the aim of reigniting a sense of pride and passion in cultural heritage on the Isle of Wight.

The key project outcomes included:

  • 4x site-specific artist commissions successfully selected and created across four areas of the Island in Pan/Newport, Totland, Ventnor and East Cowes. 
  • Both live and online/media audiences total 113,189. 
  • Between September 2018 to October 2019, 138 education, training or participation sessions were delivered through the programme, reaching a total of 1,693 participants and 4,273 audiences including children, young people, families, artists, teachers, agencies and interested individuals. 
  • 117 children and young people achieved an Explore Arts Award. 
  • Lift the Lid increased capacity for Arts Award delivery with 28 new Arts Award Advisors at Discover and Explore and Bronze and Silver levels. 
  • 13 Island Schools registered for Artsmark Accreditation. 

The IWCEP is currently undertaking a Transition Project with support from Artswork, the South East Bridge Organisation, with a degree of success so far, including the movement of the IWCEP under the umbrella of the Island Collection in December 2020. Still to be achieved is development of a strategic action plan, research and implementation of a data capture tool, and the planning of the next Creative Biosphere project.