Supporting young people to unlock their creative potential
Arts Award offers children and young people a journey of personal, creative discovery; the results of which continue to echo through all aspects of their lives for years to come!
From fashion to sculpture, rapping to writing, dance to poetry, Arts Award enables young people to make connections with and participate in the diverse and exciting world we call ‘the arts’, turning their passion or curiosity into a recognised qualification.
The 5 levels of Arts Award support those up to the age of 25 to explore different art forms in increasing depth as they grow and develop new skills, experiences, confidence and interests.
Young people can start at whichever level suits their current learning and development. All levels develop valuable life skills in young people such as communication, organisational and leadership skills which transfer seamlessly to other contexts and situations- preparing them for further education and employment. With a focus on independent working and entrepreneurialism, Arts award encourages young people to not only seek new opportunities but create their own.
Trinity College London manages Arts Award in association with Arts Council England.
Arts Award can be used with any arts or cultural activity, and can be offered in any organisation – including schools, colleges, theatres, galleries, museums, libraries, arts centres, heritage organisations, alternative education provisions, performing groups, youth justice settings, youth clubs or community groups and healthcare services.
For many children and young people Arts Award validates their existing artistic interests or activity but for others it can be their first opportunity to think and work creatively. Whether those who achieve Arts Award go on to be the next generation of artists and art leaders or have simply found a lifelong hobby; they will have gained creativity and professional skills for life
Credit: Rachel Dunford, Zoie Logic Movement Workshop, August 2017
Become an Arts Award Adviser
Kick start Arts Award delivery in your organisation
Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award. They support children and young people to work towards their awards, provide guidance, and assess their work.
Advisers can be teachers, freelance practitioners, youth workers, members of learning teams and volunteers. They need to have experience of working with young people and access to arts opportunities but do not have to be an arts specialist.
Artswork’s Support Offer
Beyond your training, you will have access to support and resources to help with the planning, delivery and assessment of your Award. As an Arts Award Supporter organisation, we offer events, activities and opportunities to help both advisors and young people on their Arts award journey to succeed! Check out the links below.
Not long into the Autumn term in 2017, Reading-based arts organisations Jelly and The Rock Academy
Date Created: 30th May 2018
Between May 2017 and February 2018, just over 700 children aged 5-11 took part in a project that
Date Created: 24th Apr 2018
Back in 2016, we launched our Arts Award Festival Investment scheme. We put a call-out offering our
Date Created: 15th May 2018
In March, six young people at MK Snap were presented with their Discover Arts Award certificates by
Date Created: 23rd Apr 2018