Sampad offers a range of education and outreach activities, from single workshops to short and long term projects. We’ve been working in Birmingham and beyond for 30 years and over that time we’ve worked with many people on a range of Arts and Heritage Learning Projects. Read on to find out about our current offering.

Sampad Associate Schools

In 2019 we were funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund to create a major exhibition at the Library of Birmingham From City of Empire to City of Diversity. A portable version of the exhibition was created alongside comprehensive online learning resources and in its first two years, twenty-two schools used it to enrich their curriculum. Staff involved in the project expressed a keenness to continue using the materials even when the exhibition had finished and in response to this, we developed Sampad Associate Schools, allowing them to host the exhibition as well as access the online resources and a wide range of exclusive benefits and opportunities, supporting cultural and curriculum development.

Artsmark and Arts Awards

Sampad can offer advice and opportunities for schools who are planning their Artsmark application and/or those who are delivering work towards their Artsmark levelling. We are also accredited as an Arts Awards Supporter.

We work with local and international professional artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. All of our artists are trained tutors with DBS checks.

We offer:

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Creative Writing
  • Storytelling
  • Poetry and Spoken Word
  • Theatre
  • Arts and Craft
  • Animation
  • Digital Media

Yuva Gati

Yuva Gati (‘Youth Movement’) was launched in January 2009 in partnership with DanceXchange, as the national South Asian dance strand of the CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) programme.

The programme provides intensive dance training to young people in Bharatanatyam or Kathak styles who have a passion for dance and have the potential to develop it further as part of their broad and balanced education. It is aimed at young dancers who are in the age group of 11 to 16 years, although they can continue training up to the age of 18. The programme enables talented dancers to fulfil their potential, make informed choices about their future involvement in dance and equip themselves with the necessary skills for professional dance training and/or further education.

University of Birmingham Internships

Sampad works regularly with the University of Birmingham and has acted as a host organisation for several of the University’s internship and placement schemes.

These include the Cultural Intern scheme, which offers a paid six-month work placement with great opportunities to gain high-quality work experience at leading cultural organisations in the West Midlands.