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Recent and past projects

Luton Creative Partnerships

Following on from the huge success of Creativity for Life in Essex and Hertfordshire (see below), CRO Ltd supported the setting-up of a new Creative Partnerships hub in Luton, working with the UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA).


Until the closure of Creative Partnerships in 2011, Luton carried out projects with numerous schools at all age-levels in the town, working with both Carnival Arts and a wide range of other art forms. The UKCCA continues to work with schools and the community on many creative projects.

Luton Carnival 2004

Luton Carnival 2004

Photo: UKCCA

Creativity for Life

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Creativity for Life at Broadfields School, Harlow.

Photo: Ashley McCormick.

CRO Ltd managed Creativity for Life, a two-year project funded by Creative Partnerships and Arts Council England, East.


Twenty-six schools in Harlow  and Stevenage worked with a partner artist for up to four terms on projects based on Literacy and Numeracy. Projects were developed by schools on an individual basis according to the needs of the school and its pupils and staff.

SexYOUality Camridge: Evaluation of the LGBT 20:20 project, an oral history project run by the Cambridge branch of the charity sexYOUality, which works with young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This project saw 20 older LGBT being interviewed and a film and other resources created. Click here for more information.


Olney Conducting Workshops: These successful independent training workshops, directed by the distinguished teacher, conductor and composer Michael Rose, ran from autumn 2006 to 2014. Michael Rose is still available for private tuition and external training workshops.


Chichester Festival Theatre: Catherine carried out an evaluation of the Theatre on the Fly, an innovative pop-up theatre project carried out over the summer of 2012. She produced a detailed internal report for the CFT and its Board.


A session during an Olney Conducting Weekend Workshop, with Michael Rose.

Photo: Simon Richardson

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Theatre on the Fly at the Chichester Festival Theatre, 2012.

Following two years on the staff of Arts Inform. firstly as Acting Director and then as Co-Director, Catherine  stepped into the newly-created role of Research Director. Projects included The North East Extension project for Youth Music, developing a project on impact assessment and assisting with other research for clients including IdeasTap and A New Direction. She continues to work with Arts Inform's former Director, Catherine Sutton, on a number of projects.

Arts Inform - Research Consultant

"Thanks to Michael for being a fantastic teacher. It has certainly been one of the most worthwhile music courses I have ever attended and worth every single penny."   

(Participant comment.)


Other recent projects


We are evaluating the Family Friendly Arts Campaign from April 2013 to July 2015. The campaign is led by a consortium of organisations and will include the Family Arts Festival in October 2013 and 2014, and a series of conferences and training.


We are working with Pam Jarvis of sam-culture and Catherine Sutton (pictured right), creating a dynamic team with extensive experience of both family-based arts work and evaluation.

Evaluation of the Family Friendly Arts Campaign

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Click on this logo to learn more about Pam Jarvis.