We are a close-knit and progressive city packed with cultural assets and learning opportunities. Together we work closely with our cultural partners and The Mighty Creatives, the East Midlands Bridge organisation, providing high-quality cultural experiences across our city.

The partnership is steered by Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations: Derby Theatre, QUAD, Déda, Derby Museums, Sinfonia ViVA, Baby People, Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership and EMCCAN (East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network).

Our vision is to provide every child and young person with opportunities to thrive in our city and experience a variety of cultures to help develop their skills, life chances and fulfil their highest ambitions. ‘Cultural Campus’ actively seeks to develop this network through building partnerships between young people, cultural venues, education settings, local businesses and other local organisations.

‘Cultural Campus’ is targeted towards a number of key areas, listed below. Each programme involves dynamic ways to learn and experience cultural education through visits, workshops, bespoke artist-led projects and unique sharing opportunities.

  • Schools
  • Children and young people with disabilities
  • Alternative education provision
  • Children and young people in care & care leavers

Early Years is also one of our priority areas which we will be developing into our future work

Derby‚ Cultural Campus Experience


  • Social Mobility agenda
  • Curriculum
  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development

The Cultural Campus is the collective name we give to Derby’s key cultural organisations packed with fantastic learning opportunities.

EMCCAN alongside our partner venues who form the Cultural Campus will support pupils to thrive through a high quality cultural experiences. We can help you evidence their development against the Ofsted framework and support your Arts Mark application.

Cultural Campus Days

Join us for an action-packed day at our partner venues, to experience a variety of practical workshops of your choice to engage and inspire.You can even have your own private screening of any film you choose! We can cater for up to 150 students in a day. Choose from three different options:

  • Cross-curricular Day – From singing to Shakespeare and how sound and lights work, we can design practical and engaging sessions that use the arts to deliver your curriculum.
  • Careers Day – A practical insight into a whole range of careers in the creative industries through practical activities and conversations with professionals, from box office staff to designers, dancers, film makers, curators and directors.
  • Arts Day – Practical sessions into specific art forms across the Cultural Campus, specifically encourage team work, communication and confidence. This can also support the delivery of Arts Awards.

Partners are: Déda, QUAD, BabyPeople, Sinfonia Viva & Derby Museums

Cost: from £8.50 per student

Cultural Campus After-School Clubs

We can provide the most varied, fun and exciting experiences through our brand new After School Club provision.

We can offer sessions in many areas, including:

  • Urban Choir
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Carnival Arts
  • Visual Arts (inc Digital)
  • Digital Arts
  • Robot Wars

Cost: £55 an hour +VAT

£45 an hour + VAT if the pupils are in receipt of Pupil Premium.

Maximum number: 25 students per session

A minimum of 5 sessions must be booked

Please contact us to find out more information and how to apply.


Bespoke Projects for Schools

Talk to us about our Bespoke Schools Projects where you can work with us or any of the Cultural Campus venues on a longer-term partnership programme that could include drama, visual arts, music, film-making, carnival arts, circus skills, dance, exhibitions or even building robots!

We would be happy to discuss and design a creative project of opportunities or working towards producing a specific outcome that suits your school needs. This could be a performance, film, exhibition, dance piece or perhaps your own research project.

For more information about Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership and the related opportunities please contact: Alix Manning-Jones Cultural Education Producer at: a.manning-jones@derby.ac.uk