Current programmes > Open Sesame 2010-2016



Open Sesame consisted of a series of three consecutive programmes of work that took place in East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and Surrey over six years. Each programme investigated the potential for collaboration between the early years sector, artists and the cultural sector and how that collaboration could support creative learning for under 5s.

Open Sesame was managed by Culture Shift on behalf of a partnership of cultural organisations and children’s services providers. The programme was supported by East Sussex County Council and Arts Council England.

Between 2010 and 2016, Open Sesame delivered an ambitious programme of arts and culture for very young children (0-2) along with a creative programme of professional development for cultural organisations, early years practitioners, and families.

A final report, outlining findings from all three phases of the programme is available to download here (PDF).

A summary of this document is available here (PDF). Print copies are also available.