Much of LEAN’s annual programme is delivered in partnership with the arts sector and statutory and voluntary agencies. We are keen to hear from organisations  to explore new partnership proposals.

With a spirit of openness and transparency, LEAN has initiated and supported many partnerships and networks, leading to numerous projects. We also warmly accept invitations to join collaborations started by others and support independent partnerships as a critical friend.

Partnerships emerge from needs and gaps in arts learning provision identified by ourselves, participatory artists, arts organisations, education professionals, youth and community workers, health professionals, and Further Education/Higher Education colleges and universities.

The networks we facilitate, such as Arts Freelancer Breakfast Club and Lewisham Youth Arts Network are vital sources of project development.

LEAN welcomes invitations to join new partnerships who have come together to explore an emerging need. Contact us to start a conversation.

Past partnerships have included:

  • The Rainbow Collective, an Early Years project that developed from research with music partners that revealed a gap in Early Years arts provision. The partnership included Lewisham Music, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Early Years settings. This partnership raised funds and delivered much needed practice-sharing, networking opportunities and support.
  • A cross-sectoral cultural education partnership that responded to areas of significant deprivation and poor arts infrastructure in Lewisham, in this case in Bellingham. The Bellingham Regeneration Arts Group (BRAG) raised funds to enable local organisations to meet, map need and provision, plan for the future and provide some additional creative provision led and devised by young people and for local children.
  • Lewisham Live, an annual music and dance festival delivered by nine partners, including LEAN. This partnership developed as the individual organisations saw the benefits of bringing their showcase opportunities together into one high profile festival. The scale of the festival generates vast amounts of data that give the partners a fuller picture of the views of schools, children and young people and families than we could gather individually.


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LEAN constantly seeks out opportunities to develop exciting projects in collaboration with other stakeholders to inspire, upskill and celebrate youth arts.

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