Organisations (by artform)
Trac (Folk development for Wales)
Music for Youth (England and Wales)
Sound Sense (UK)
Youth Music (England and Wales)
National Youth Arts Wales – Theatre
You can also search for theatre companies near you at on the Theatre Wales Website:
Visual and Applied Arts:
ENGAGE - Promotes access to and enjoyment of the visual arts, through training, innovative projects, publications and advocacy
National Society for Education in Art & Design (NSEAD), UK:
AccessArt: Sharing Visual Arts Inspiration:
Lightbox (online resource for teachers and students of art):
Lightbox's map of Galleries:
Axis Web - a network of visual artists. Opportunities can be publicised to artists through the website.
Collector Plan’s list of galleries across Wales
Links to Arts Portfolio Wales Visual and Applied Arts organisations are listed below
Dance UK – the industry body for dance
People Dancing – the Foundation for community dance:
Ffilm Cymru Wales the national body developing the film sector in Wales
Winding Snake aims to open up the experience of making animation and of developing media literacy skills to people and communities across Wales including schools.
FHW aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places, one of none BFI Film Audience Network Film Hubs.
Membership of the organisation is free for state-funded schools and organisations working with 5-19 year olds across the UK. The programme includes film clubs, filmmaking, learning resources, CPD, industry interactions and the annual Into Film Festival.
Film Education UK promotes and supports the use of film within the curriculum.
BFI aims to help people of all ages to understand and enjoy film.
The UK media and moving image education site includes an interactive gude to using film in schools.
Links to articles about Film and Education
Edutopia - link to article on 7 teaching resources on film literacy
Circus / Outdoor Arts
Circus Futures – UK-based agency developing talent in circus
Xtrax - has a useful online directory of circus and outdoor arts
Circomedia Bristol (including details of full-time training in contemporary circus)
The National Literacy Trust (London)
Literature Wales (search by storytelling)
Society for Storytelling (England and Wales)
The Crick Crack Club (UK)
The Story Museum
Writers in Schools
The National Association for Writers in Education’s website has wide-ranging and helpful information (some of wider use to practitioners of other art forms). See The Writers Compass Resource and publications list.
Literature Wales’s data base of writers in Wales, includes the facility to search for writers working in and with schools.
Getting Started as a Writer in Education, by Roz Goddard, River Wolton and Wendy French, NAWE, 2011/2012.
Helpful introductory guides to working as a writer in schools, also relevant to other artforms.
Our thoughts are bees: Writers Working with Schools, by Mandy Coe and Jean Sprackland, Wordplay Press, 2005.
Practical information and advice on organising activities in schools, from the author talk to the long-term residency, for writers, teachers and co-ordinators.
Class Writing: A NAWE Research Report into the Writers-in-Schools Ecology, by Nick Owen and Paul Munden, NAWE, 2010.
Investigated the effectiveness of writers-in- residence working in schools and made recommendations for future partnerships between writers and teachers.
Writers in Schools, by Sue Horner, Arts Council England, 2010.
Report summarising project research and evaluations about writers in schools, analysing which methods are effective alongside the challenges faced. Covers writer–teacher relationships, the training and development of teachers and writers; and questions about embedding practice.
Evaluation of poetry pilot which set out to improve the quality of poetry teaching and to enhance learning experiences across three English regions.
The Talk for Writing approach encourages children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. The website and the resources section have been developed for teachers, but are of wider interest to writers in schools.