Arts Award Leadership Network

A growing movement of leaders and organisations across the South East

Led by Artswork, the Arts Award Leadership Network (AALN) is a growing movement of organisations and leaders across the South East dedicated to the sustainable development of Arts Award across all settings and levels.

Since the scheme began, combined Arts Award moderations have increased across participants within the network by up to 250%. AALN mentors come from a range of contexts and backgrounds and include NPOs, Youth Arts organisations and leading practitioners.

A set of unique qualifications for young people aged up to 25, which can be acheived at five levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The awards framework helps young people to develop as arts leaders. The awards assess young people’s creative, communication and leadership skills.

Mentees in the programme enjoy unique access to these peer mentors, who will support and guide them through a range of bespoke aims and objectives. These will firmly embed Arts Award into their work with children and young people.

A typical outcome we might expect to see would be the mentee to move from being a Supporter to becoming an active Centre. Or to progress from delivering Discover to Explore, or from Bronze to Silver and Gold. Previous mentees have included National Portfolio Organisations, Music Education Hubs, youth arts organisations and museums.

‘I was offered this support a couple of years back and it was very useful. As a result of the support we got £1500 from Trinity to support our Arts Award programmes that year’ 
Chris Slann, Executive Director, New Carnival Company, Mentee


Youth Arts Leaders Network

The Youth Arts Leaders Network has a growing membership of creative young people from across the South East of England.

This unique network of young people actively feed into conversations with peers, sharing ideas and opportunities that they come across.

The purpose of the network is to enrich the career prospects of the young people within the arts sector, create a peer-based learning structure and support and fund young people through a Gold Arts Award.

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