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Artswork’s Arts Award Resources for Libraries

Date Created: 15th Aug 2016

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Artswork has been investing in libraries to work in partnership with local artists and arts and cultural organisations and deliver Arts Award. Many libraries have already signed up to be Arts Award Supporters. Free downloadable resources of the work already carried out by several libraries across the region can be found on our website.

An Overview

Brighton and Hove Libraries undertook three Arts Award projects:

1. Pop-Up Chatterbooks children’s book clubs. In partnership with Collected Works CIC, pop-up book clubs were established in Hove Library and the Jubilee Library in Brighton city centre. The children who attended were able to work at their own pace and explore reading in new ways.

2. Storytelling and character creation activities. Working with Coldean Primary School and creative educator and local community costume resource, Gladrags, Coldean Library developed a series of storytelling and character creation activities that encouraged confidence in children and young people and book swaps.

3. Mr. Watt, Grumpy Man of Metal. Mile Oak Library invited local artist Jon Mills into the library and arranged for pupils from Mile Oak Primary School to attend. Using Jon Mills’ character as a reference point, the pupils were encouraged to explore the library, as well as an exhibition of Jon Mills’ work. The project also related to World Book Day celebrations, and enabled pupils to discover books and experience the joy of reading firsthand.

Download the full case study here

Large paper mache statue in children and family section within library


Southampton Libraries worked in partnership with Element Arts, Theatre in a Bag and Southampton Scrapstore.

The project’s aims were to:

  • Train three more library staff as Arts Award Discover advisers
  • Increase the amount of children completing Arts Award Discover
  • Provide cultural and artistic opportunities for children in libraries, free of charge
  • Further embed Arts Award as a cultural offer from public libraries (in the same way that the Summer Reading Challenge has become a part of many children’s early cultural lives)

Children were provided with creative crafting opportunities based on the theme of ‘dinosaurs’, and were encouraged to borrow dinosaur-themed books from Southampton Libraries. Arts Award Discover was delivered to over 100 children.

Download the full case study here

Table full of different black and white drawings


The Berkshire Libraries’ Meet the Author programme was created to encourage children and young people to engage with the arts in a library setting.

It offered schools a programme where an author came in to help pupils explore the arts, encouraging them to creatively respond to the author’s work. The aim was to work alongside partner schools to guide them through the process of supporting children and young people in their Arts Award Discover journeys.

Read the full case study here


Arts Award Libraries South East Bridge

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