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 'Leaving No One Behind': Short film of our recent event in Ironbridge.

Seven years ago, a group of carers (people who care about creativity - like parents, artists, techs, employers and teachers) were inspired by a TED talk and half a book to start a movement. We called ourselves The Little House of Fairy Tales. 

Three years ago, we realised we weren't little or about fairies.

STEAM Co. was born.

A Pop-Up STEAM Co. Day at Raynham Primary in a London borough 

They were aware of both the value of creativity, yet the challenges faced in UK schools, and saw an opportunity to bring the conversation out of education echo chambers by connecting schools, businesses and the wider community.

After a wonderful response from across the board and events in Liverpool, Sunderland, Ironbridge, Norwich, etc, a non-profit community enterprise STEAM Co CIC was founded and we are now going to run an event to showcase collective achievements of like minds across the country.

With the most inspiring people like you, in the most amazing venue, in the most vibrant part of London.


This event will inspire by celebrating the power of creativity, tech and people to engage children, innovate business and connect communities.

And how #ARTconnects.


A 3 day event 23-25 Feb 2018 for children, parents, teachers, creatives and businesses that will build on our previous events:

  • FRI DAY: 'Pop-Up STEAM Co. Day' in a Camden host school for groups of 12 primary children from across the UK with teachers and carers: a day of creative activities and short talks staged by local artists/businesses.
  • FRI EVE: A community screening of the creative education documentary 'Most Likely to Succeed' with a guest panel to discuss points raised.
  • SAT DAY: 'Creative Schools' : a line-up of world-class talks/performances/workshops showcasing the amazing work being down in our school communities and why. Plus creative activities for children.
  • SAT EVE: A party for everyone who is travelling down and wants to stay over as well as those who just don't want to go home (well not too early anyway! ;-) But be warned, we're fussy about our dance music. We're going to blow the roof off.
  • SUN DAY: 'Creative Lives' : a line-up of world-class talks/performances/workshops by local and national artists/carers to showcase the power of creativity in community and the creative economy. Plus creative activities for children.


While committee isn't really a STEAM Co. word,  Co-curation is... and the label we've stuck on a bunch of generous, creative and, above all connected, people who have stepped up to help us keep it on the straight and narrow.

Watch this space as we may add a few more, as this plane took off before we'd finished building it and everybody had time to get on:

  • Nick  Corston (chair) : Co-founder, STEAM Co. CIC
  • Susan Coles : Arts Activist NSEAD
  • Martyn Ware : Artist, Musician Illustrious
  • Rachel Snape : Head Learner, The Spinney School
  • Azeem Ashar :  CEO, Exponential View
  • Prof. Dave Hornby : Professor of Biochemistry, University of Sheffield
  • Mark Earls : Herdmeister, The Herd
  • Kenneth Tharpe CBE : Arts Professional, At large
  • Chris Sullivan : Writer and Broadcaster, The Wag
  • Ty Goddard : CEO, Education Foundation
  • Alex Bell - RSA and Portland Education
  • Tom Middlehirst : Head of Policy and Public Affairs, SSAT
  • Prof Pam Burnard : Professor of Creativity, Cambridge University
  • Nick Halkes : CEO/Founder, Incentive Music Management
  • Claire Kidd : Design Anthropologist, Naked Leader Organisation
  • Daryn Simon : Research Academic/Thinker
  • Amy Solder : Project Lead, Education Nesta
  • Hannah Wilson : STEAM Powered Head, Aureus School
  • Nishma Robb : Marketing Director, Google
  • Stephen Lockyear : Curriculum Enrichment Leader, Lumen Learning Trust

Amazing people... one is a trained professional dancer and arts organisation CEO, another signed the Prodigy and co-founded the label Adele is signed to, another has built a light house in a  class room, another has written books on advertising and creativity, another is makes with Suggs and making a film about the miners uprising in Merthyr Tydfil, another has announced a dream to open an education museum, another co-founded the Human League and another goes under the twitter handle of the 'art criminal'. Yes a suitably motley crew!


  • Schools for the STEAM Co. Day - the STEAM Co. Day on the Friday will be open to any UK school - state or independent and will be limited to around 20 groups of 12 children from each school, plus teachers/carers. You must pre-register below now for consideration and we hope to make a selection to invite a representative sample of schools from a range of settings by the end of December. We hope to not have to charge for this but do not expect to request a donation of more than £100 per school group.
  • Children on the Festival weekend - while targetting an adult audience, we will allow all people over the age of 16 to attend the talks with a ticket though we are keen to offer a range of typical STEAM Co. Day type creative activities both for Early Years and primary (KS1/2) and KS2 aged children of attending delegates as well as outside attendees with activity tickets. Again we hope not to have to charge for these but must stress this is not a drop-off creche. We're about community/parental engagement so Festival attendees would have to allocate at least one adult to work with their children at all times in the creative activity area.


  • Accommodation - we're big fans of AirBnB as a community and connection powered business and their #OneLessStranger vibe, indeed it has provided us with many great connections (read about it here). We would love to see and hear about families coming to #ARTCONNECTS from across the UK and staying with family minded AirBnB hosts. We may also try to connect families to stay with each other if the demand is there.
  • Ticket prices - we want to keep thsi as low as possible and will depend on sponsorship and other funding. WE will have some free tickets for 'unwaged but engaged' artists and carers. Other tickets will be made available on a sliding scale with generous early bird discounts but you MUST sign up now for notification of the early bird ticket release dates.
  • FAQ - If you have any other questions please let us know in the form below or email us at 'yourturn at steamco dot org dot uk '


Do get in the groove by watching the trailer film above and do like/share this for us on Facebook and Twitter.

As we say, 'Likes are nice, but caring is sharing'.


We’re talking to and collaborating with may organisations in the Kings Cross Knowledge Quarter which is the focal point for one of the greatest knowledge clusters anywhere in the world. (Yes, just think about what is happening in a one mile radios of the British Library).

Local companies and organisations include Google and The Guardian, Francis Crick Institute and The British Library, Havas and UCL, Camden Council HQ and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Expect to see a lot of them, their people and projects there. With us. Together.

In addition to all the generous organisations and people who have come together to support us we're looking for three headline sponsors and ten supporter sponsors to help us pull this off.

But the support of our three early media partners has been fantastic.

  • TES - We'll be working on a range of articles and news pieces with the UK's broadest church when it comes to the complex education scene
  • Netmums - We're so pleased to still be working with the UK's leading online parent community who have partnered us since our launch at the Royal Institution.
  • The Drum - the support of the UK's marketing world is going to be key and The Drum have been great partners. They're now the UK's leading marketing magazine, web site and community and have made a couple of films for us already and encouraging agencies to run STEAM Co. Days for local school.

See the clip here of a film the Drum's Editor in Chief (and fellow dad) Gordon Young made for us the month that Prince Andrew Edited the magazine for them.


In the spirit of connection, we will have a few pop up banner spaces to showcase the work of individual artists who work with schools as well as a range of carefully chosen partners who inspire, innovate and engage. Sign up below for info.


Do you share our vision? Do you want to join us in some capacity?

If you’d like to attend, speak at or support this in some way, sign up below to be among the first to hear when we announce our line up and release the first tickets in December.

And watch these spaces: #ARTconnects #SCOUAL

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It's always about one thing... Connection

If you're intrigued by the event, and haven't seen this inspiring 60 second film by Seth Godin talking about how art connects, do watch it now.