6th September 2017 @ 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
The Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

This event is exclusive to Culture Republic Partners

“You don’t have to convince the arts sector of the value of education, but you do need to convince the education sector of the value of the arts.”


If your organisation has a Creative Learning programme for schools, this September First Wednesday is for you.

We will be joined by Linda Lees, Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager at City of Edinburgh Council. Linda will talk to you about the Scotland wide Creative Learning Networks (CLNs), set up to ensure young people have access to the best possible creative learning experiences and opportunities. She’ll explain how arts organisations can work with this network to develop relationships with schools to deliver their Creative Learning programmes. She’ll discuss what we need to do to work most effectively with schools and how to match values with schools and their very real stresses and priorities.

This First Wednesday will look in more depth at how to connect with your local Creative Learning Network and ensure your work with schools has most impact. So even if you attended a previous Back to School session Kathryn Ellaway from Culture Republic and Linda, this will build on what was discussed before and will be of value whether you attended the previous session or not. The session is designed as interactive so for you to get the most from it, you should come armed with questions and/or ideas for creative learning programmes or projects which can be explored together. There will be lots of practical hints and tips, information about Creative Learning Networks, how to get involved, how to work with schools and what is of importance to them. And more… just come with ideas, questions and enthusiasm!

You will learn

  • About the Creative Learning Network, how they operate in local authorities and how you can get involved with them.
  • What a cultural organisation can expect from their CLN.
  • What the benefits are of working with the CLN.

Who should attend?

  • Any organisation with a Creative Learning programme for schools.


12.15 – Arrival lunch
12.25 – Welcome & introduction
12.30 – Linda Lees, City of Edinburgh Council
13.30 – Q&A
13.45 – End

Lunch will be provided.


Linda Lees, Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager, City of Edinburgh Council

Linda Lees is the Lifelong Learning Strategic Manager at the City of Edinburgh Council with responsibility for Creativity (Arts and Creative Learning) and Health and Wellbeing. Linda has worked at the interface of the arts and education for many years and plays a lead role both locally and nationally in the development of Creative Learning. She leads the Edinburgh Creative Learning Network which is making a big impact in education, particularly through Creative Conversations, of which there have now been over 40.

For someone who simply wants more high quality Creative Learning in schools, her passion is around exactly that. Convincing education of the value of the arts and creativity for powerful learning and teaching.


Some of the most stimulating sessions take place when there’s the opportunity to step away from the pressure of a busy job, get together with colleagues and share learning.

That’s why we host ‘First Wednesdays’ – a series of topical, bite-sized information sessions taking place on the first Wednesday of each month.

They are an open invitation each month for our Partners and industry colleagues to regularly drop in our offices to keep up to date with ideas and examples of useful practice we’ve gathered from across the country.

It might be as simple as hearing how other people have successfully tackled the same challenges you face building profitable customer relationships and wider public engagement or learning about the raft of new tools or approaches emerging daily.

Our goal is to inspire fresh thinking, expand current networks and focus on the Most Important Thing … to build new audiences and greater engagement.

If you can’t join us in person, why not sign up for a periscope registration.  You will be able to tune in remotely so you can still hear from our speakers from wherever you are!

Join the conversation on Twitter @Culture_Public –  #1stWed


What can I bring to the event?

Please bring your own electrical devices.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions prior to the event please contact us on scotland@culturerepublic.co.uk

How do I watch on Periscope?

Register for a periscope ticket (up to 48 hrs before the event), then you will receive instructions to make sure you are all set up on the Periscope app. On the day, we will invite you to the broadcast and you can watch along on your mobile device.

“You don’t have to convince the arts sector of the value of education, but you do need to convince the education sector of the value of the arts.”

This event is exclusive to Culture Republic Partners

Main image credit: Lichtenstein and school kids by Artgrad (CC BY 2.0)

Main image credit: Lichtenstein and school kids by Artgrad (CC BY 2.0)