We’re always busy behind the scenes. Our Blogs tell the stories of our latest projects and inspirations.


The Artery Stories of Change Juliet’s story

Stories of Change The Artery is our passion project, developing from an idea to a reality. We are offering: The Peer2Peer support network is creating a community built on trust, support and ambition for business growth. We invite groups to bring an object to the first and last sessions. The aim is to help them

Young creatives participating in an Artery session

We’ve got some really exciting news…

We are thrilled that Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, sees the potential in The Artery that we see. We have been successful in our application for Innovate UK Creative Catalyst funding. This support will allow us to develop the next phase of The Artery, creating a sustainable community-focused business. The Artery is a simple

Karen Merrifield talking at the SIGN conference

The Future is Northern, but can it be rural too?

We were delighted to be invited to present at the Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) conference, the Future is Northern on 22nd March 2023. The conference explored the concept of The Future being Northern, but we wanted to make sure that the voices of young creatives from rural backgrounds were included in the debate too.


The Artery case study – Ruth Garrett, Kittiwake Productions

I can’t quite remember how I came across The Artery. I think I was searching for support in the local area and saw the sessions running in Craven in Jan 2023. Having the zoom session with Karen was really helpful before joining in with any events and made me very confident in the Artery and

young creatives

Learning from young creatives

We are grateful to Screen Industries Growth Network funding which allowed us to offer The Artery Peer Support Programme to work with young creatives who often get overlooked. This may be because they are living and working in rural areas, or they may be first in their family to go on to higher education. We


A boost for young creatives in the screen industries

The Screen Industries Growth Network provided the funding for The Artery to offer two peer support business programmes for creatives starting out on their careers in the screen industries. The funding allowed us to trial two models, one using AR and Animation to support business skills development and the other using Screen Storytelling. The programme in

Karen at work

Creating creative careers

I love my work. As a freelance Heritage Learning Consultant I get to go behind the scenes at all sorts of museums, castles and heritage venues. I have worked from the portcullis at Edinburgh Castle, I’ve witnessed the transformation of Stonehenge from solstice to slick tourist operation and I’ve worked alongside truly inspiring learning teams


What’s stopping young people from pursuing careers in the screen industries?

The British Film Institute’s report on employment opportunities in the Screen Industries, ‘What’s stopping young people from pursuing careers in the screen industries?’ makes for interesting reading. Released in December 2021, it documents the growth of the UK Screen Industries (Film, TV, VFX, Animation & Gaming). It shows thriving, in-demand sectors with large numbers of

Leo delivering a workshop

A first for The Artery

We ran our first The Artery in person event! We promoted the event as The Artery Business Spa Day, a chance to refresh how we feel about our businesses.


Stories of change

The Peer2Peer support network is creating a community built on trust, support and ambition for business growth. Here are three stories that illustrate its impact.



York City Council is supporting local businesses in an inspired way. Businesses can apply for a voucher to use with other local businesses. So we are using it to help get the word out about our latest innovation, The Artery.


Peer support programme reinvigorates creative businesses in Craven

In October 2021, the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub funded Innovate Educate Ltd (IELTD) to launch and run its first ‘The Artery Peer Support Programme’. Having identified a gap in the support landscape, the scheme specifically focused on a network of creatives and micro businesses working in and around the Craven District. “We had


The power of artists and businesses working together

I was lucky to go Brooksbank School in Elland, a West Yorkshire town now described as an area of multiple deprivation. Happily, growing up there, my friends and I were unaware of this. We lived in a strong community with our extended families. And at school, we had some great teachers, the wonderful Tim Enright,

Women in discussion

Get involved with the Artery

The Artery is an idea that’s been growing for some time at Innovate Educate.  It is a simple idea, supporting the creative, business and cultural sectors to increase their skills; learning from each other and with each other, as equals. The Artery supports: Businesses to embed creativity as a business discipline and connect with the creative



Every time we visit Windermere Jetty, there’s something new to love. Lakeland Arts are a cultural partner for Great Place Lakes and Dales (GPLD). I first visited just after the museum opened and asked Ian Read, Head of Engagement and Content, if he would be part of our online careers resource for young creatives, Create

Young boy interviewed about history

The power of a little ‘thank you’

At the end of the summer term, I received an email. The email was a ‘thank you’, addressed to all the organisations that had helped to enhance the curriculum for pupils at Asquith and Berry Hill Primary Schools in Nottinghamshire. It was a lovely email to receive: ‘We wanted to try to let you know how much