Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

About Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.

Offered at five different levels, young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
  • gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.

Why Arts Award?

Get Involved

Unsure how Arts Award fits with your current offer?  Want to find out more about the difference between being an Arts award Centre and a Supporter?  Get in touch with us – we would love to tell you more about how you can get involved!

I want to Deliver Arts Award
Young people work towards their awards using Arts Award centres as a base, in addition to working independently.

Centres can be set up in a wide variety of different places, from arts organisations to schools, pupil referral units, youth clubs and community centres.  In fact, an Arts Award centre can be any setting that supports children and young people taking part in the arts.

Every Arts Award centre is registered with Trinity College London and must have at least one trained Arts Award adviser. Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award. They support children and young people working towards their awards, acting as mentors, facilitators and primary assessors.

Becoming an Arts Award centre is a great way to:

  • Enable young people to work towards a national qualification
  • Kick-start a new arts project
  • Develop your existing work with young people through the Arts Award framework
  • Engage more young people in the arts and challenge them to develop their creativity and leadership skills

Running Arts Award can contribute towards your school or organisation achieving Artsmark.

Book Arts Award adviser training to start your journey here, or get in touch with us to find out more.

I’m not ready to deliver but I would like to support others who are doing their Arts Award
Organisations bearing the Arts Award Supporter badge offer activities, events, expertise or resources which help young people working towards their Arts Award. Being a Supporter helps you to develop links with young people, schools and youth groups.

The Supporter programme works best when you think of it as part of both your marketing and your education programme. It needs to link closely with your work for young people and schools, and your marketing team should be involved in using Supporter to help you take your work to new audiences.

It’s worth brainstorming with your education and marketing teams to make the most of what you’re already doing. You could decide to focus on one strand throughout all the awards, such as events and/or backstage tours. Or you could focus your offer on one level, for example offering a set of activities which are suitable for Bronze.

Registering as an Arts Award Supporter is free and you don’t need to have a trained Arts award adviser at your organisation, though it is helpful if you can spend some time learning about Arts award – we can support you with this and to map the different levels against your provision.

There’s more information about how to register as an Arts award Supporter here, or you can get in touch with us for support on mapping your offer to Arts Award.

I want to do my Arts Award
Whatever art form you’re interested in, whatever your ability, Arts Award fits you.

You can do an Arts Award in any area of the arts from fashion to poetry, rapping to dancing, sculpture to film. You can be an artist or performer or develop your skills in essential roles like marketing or stage management.

To get going you need to work with an Arts Award centre and an Arts Award Adviser, who will support you and assess your work. The best place to look is the Arts Award Centre Map:

If there are no centres near you then you can get in touch with us to see if we know of anyone that you could work with, or you can contact the Arts award Helpdesk

There is a lot of really useful information to tell you more about Arts Award and support you on your journey on the Arts Award Voice website:

Support Available

At Real Ideas we are here to support you with Arts award – some examples of the support we can provide:

  • We can come and present to your organisation to tell you all about Arts Award.
  • We can support you to map the different levels and elements of Arts award across your provision, and help you to decide if being a Supporter or delivering directly to young people as a centre is most appropriate.
  • We can signpost you to public adviser training courses that are delivered by Trinity and can discuss in-house advisor training discounts if you have 6 or more people wishing to train.
  • We can keep you up to date with support surgery events, and help you to access remote support and visits to help you along the journey with delivering Arts Award.
  • We can help you to access Arts Award Supporter offers, and signpost you to other organisations and opportunities in your area that may be helpful in your Arts Award delivery.
  • We can provide advice on making an Arts Award Access Fund application – more info here.
  • We can support you to understand how Arts award can support your Artsmark application.

Arts Award advisers can also access direct support from Trinity College London via the Arts Award adviser hub.

Get in touch with our Arts Award team

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