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Sophie Hunter

Create Sheffield, as the Local Cultural Education Partnership for Sheffield, are part of an exciting new regional initiative, led by IVE, the Bridge organisation for Yorkshire and Humber.  Being part of this initiative will help us connect with a huge range of artists, creatives, dreamers and thinkers from across the city - some will be our existing Partners, others we hope will join us as new Partners of Create Sheffield.  This initiative links to our vision and plans for the city.  


The call for applications has now closed! Thank you to all those that applied. 

More information about this opportunity below. 




Bags of Creativity is an initiative that will put creative activities, materials and resources into the hands of the most vulnerable children and young people in Sheffield.

We are one of eight Cultural Education Partnerships taking part in Bags of Creativity. Between us we hope to distribute 8000 bags to vulnerable children and young people in Yorkshire and Humber. In Sheffield we have developed partnerships with social services, the Multi-Agency Support Team, and a network of key workers for Looked After Children through the Virtual School to help us identify and distribute the bags to children and young people in their care or covered by their services.

Each bag will contain between 15 and 20 different creative ideas and activities alongside all the materials and resources required to complete them.

Recruiting the creative team

We are seeking 20 artists/creative practitioners/arts and cultural organisations to work with us to design high quality creative activities for 3 different age groups:

  • Early years: 0 to 4yrs
  • Primary age: 5 to 11yrs
  • Secondary age: 12 to 16yrs

To ensure that the activities and resources are appropriate, safe and high quality we are asking the 20 practitioners to attend professional development sessions with an expert in the developmental stages of childhood and the realities of life for vulnerable children and young people. The sessions will be approx. 2 - 2.5 hours each, and there will be separate sessions for each age group. If you are unable to attend the scheduled sessions, recordings will be available. This training and development is mandatory as it will be your guidance as you begin designing activities.

You can choose to develop ideas for 1 or more of the age groups and submit as many ideas and activities as you can develop in the time given. There is no guarantee that all your ideas will be included in the final bags. Each LCEP will choose 15-20 activities per age group to print on postcards. All other ideas that reach the standards expected, will be included in an online database that can be accessed by children, families and health/social care workers long into the future.

Your activities will be unique and credited to you/your organisation on the postcard. We see this as an opportunity for you to develop new relationships with children and families as a new audience for your work and offers. For this reason we want the activities to be created by practitioners based in Sheffield.

The creative challenge

You'll need to develop activities based on a limited number of resources. Before you start designing your activities we will provide you with a list of what's in the bag. All your activities must only use items from the list. We are avoiding any activities that suggest using things from around the home or garden, or that ask children and young people to go into public spaces to find extra resources. The activities must be doable from the bags contents alone, as we know that, for some children, gathering additional resources isn't an option.

We're also keen to make sure that activities for primary and secondary aged children can be done, as much as possible, without adult supervision. This will enable children and young people who may not receive supervision or attention from adults to complete the activities by themselves.

All activities need to be explained in age appropriate language on two sides of a standard postcard. They need to be visually attractive, not too wordy, easy to understand and fun and exciting to do.

Fees for freelance practitioners, SMEs and non-funded organisations - there is a fee of £180 for your time spent creating ideas and activities in a postcard format. This is based on 6hrs x £30.

We hope that larger funded organisations, whose core funding is protected during the Covid-19 crisis, will be willing to take part in this initiative using their learning, education or development budgets.

The training and development sessions are provided free of charge. We are unable to pay you for the time spent in these sessions but hope that these will be incredibly valuable to you for all your future developments and work with and for children and young people.

Intellectual property

In commissioning these activities, the final products will be subject to joint ownership between artist, Create Sheffield and IVE. Essentially, this enables all three parties to use and distribute the final products royalty free, without accounting to the other. The content will not be broken down or amended after the final design is complete. Content will always be credited to the creator. Here's the legal clause that will be included in the contract:

Intellectual Property jointly made, developed, conceived, first reduced to practice, fixed in any tangible medium of expression or created by [Company-A], [Company- B] and [Company-C] during the term of this Agreement (Joint Intellectual Property), will be the joint property of and the entire right, title and interest is hereby assigned jointly on a royalty free arrangement and each party may enjoy all rights and privileges accorded ownership of such joint property without accounting to the other. Content will always be credited to the creator and only be shared in its entirety at all times.


IVE is still finalising some of the detail but here's an approximate timescale:

6 Stages:

(Approx. timescale)

  1. Recruiting the creative team - 25 May to 10 June
  2. Professional development sessions - 11 and 19 June
  3. Design period - 20 June to 4 July
  4. Print - 5 and 12 July
  5. Bag packing - 12 to 19 July
  6. Distribution to children and young people - 20 July onwards

Which Local Cultural Education Partnerships are involved?

  • Bradford
  • Doncaster
  • East Riding
  • Hull
  • Leeds
  • Rotherham
  • Sheffield
  • York

For any Sheffield-specific questions, contact Sophie Hunter, Programme Manager for Create Sheffield