Northants Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) brings together leading arts, education and community organisations across the county to support young people, schools and local groups to unlock access to high quality cultural opportunities.

Founded by local partners across the arts and education sectors, Northants CEP UNLOCK programme of partner led activities, creative learning provision and online digital resources will support young people to:

  • Overcome barriers to cultural engagement
  • Encourage creative approaches to learning
  • Gain knowledge and experience to equip them for a career within the creative and digital industries
  • Foster a lifelong love of the arts beyond education

The UNLOCK programme will work across all art forms, ages and education phases, enabling teachers, young people, communities and cultural organisations to access high quality online resources, information about local offers, training opportunities and special projects.

The UNLOCK programme will focus on 6 key strands:

Unlock: Creativity – creative learning workshops, projects and activities

Unlock: Access – unique digital insights into careers and the creative process

Unlock: Training – resources, workshops and events to develop creative skills

Unlock: Talent – artist development opportunities to nurture young talent

Unlock: Artsmark – support for schools on their Artsmark journey

Unlock: Arts Award – resources and support across all Arts Award levels

Together, the strands will enable Northamptonshire’s young people to access unique insights into the creative industries, get more involved in the creative opportunities their county has to offer, and gain confidence and understanding in their own artistic development.



Northants CEP UNLOCK programme will provide a gateway to high quality cultural education for individuals, schools and arts organisations. To unlock access to online resources, discounts and project provision, we are offering an affordable annual membership scheme that starts at only £10 per year.

Benefits to being a member include:

  • Access to UNLOCK digital resources
  • Discounted or free offers on selected UNLOCK events
  • Regular e-bulletin updates on local cultural opportunities
  • Support for schools to deliver Arts Award and Artsmark
  • CPD training opportunities for teachers and artists
  • The opportunity to shape the future of cultural education



We are currently working with students at the University of Northampton as part of an UNLOCK professional practice project to develop the Northants CEP online digital platform. The website will launch later in the summer term, so watch this space!

However, we don’t want to wait until then to start conversations about how schools, communities and arts organisations can get involved in supporting young people to unlock their potential. There is already plenty going on across the Northants CEP founding partners, so get in touch today.

For more information on the Northants CEP UNLOCK programme, download the NORTHANTS UNLOCK LEAFLET

You can also email us at [email protected]

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NorthantsCEP


For more information on the Northants CEP partners, please click on the links below:

Royal & Derngate

The Core at Corby Cube

Northampton Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT)

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

David Ross Education Trust

Made in Corby

South Northamptonshire Council

The Mighty Creatives