Culture Plus: be creative!

Be creative, make a difference!

A group of young people living or attending school in Dunstable and Houghton Regis are taking part in a creative project which will broaden their horizons and influence the way we provide activities for young people in the area.

They will:

  • join in exciting activities led by professional artists – including art, music, dance, drama, film and design
  • take part in arts events and, later in the project, begin to plan their own
  • meet other young people to create an area-wide group of creative ambassadors
  • make a difference to opportunities for young people
  • have the opportunity to gain accreditation (Arts Award Bronze and Silver (link opens in new window))

Upcoming creative sessions

Workshops continue to take place at Queensbury Academy. You will have the chance to try different activities including art, music, dance, drama, film and design. If you would like a workshop to take place at your school, please contact us.

Holiday projects

We have run successful holiday projects during February and May half term. We are planning to hold projects in the October half term 2107 and February half term 2018. If you’d like to be kept up to date with information about our Holiday Projects, please contact us.

How to be referred for a session

We ask that participants are referred to us to ensure they meet our criteria for participation. If you work with young people who live or go to school in Dunstable or Houghton Regis, and think they may benefit from the project, to find out more and how to be referred, please email


Culture Plus, is co-funded by us and Arts Council England (though the Royal Opera House Bridge (link opens in new window)).

It is being managed by Catherine Rose’s Office Limited (link opens in new window), an independent arts and education consultancy with years of experience of working with young people and the arts. They will be working closely with our library, leisure and countryside services and with schools, arts venues and community settings across the area.

The aim is to develop creative learning opportunities for those young people who would most benefit from the project, giving them new energy and improving their life chances. It is also an opportunity to open up some of the area’s cultural and leisure resources to people who perhaps haven’t accessed them before.


We are now well into the project and have been working with more than 40 young people. Participants have experienced a range of art forms and we are working with a number of them to develop their own individual progression pathways. Examples of these include guitar lessons, taking part in The Grove Theatre’s Summer Project, taking part in a writing competition and completing a photography course.

Throughout 2017, the project has continued to develop, with young people able to plan and carry out their own ideas.

We will be collaborating with local venues including the Grove Theatre (link opens in new window) and Houghton Hall Park.

Training and development

The project has a strong strategic aspect which will help to develop knowledge, practice and programming in Central Bedfordshire. This includes training for our staff, artists and arts organisations and teachers. It will also feed into future planning for the local authority area.

For more information, email

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