Artsmark Partnership Programme

Supporting cultural education, endorsed by Arts Council England

What is the Artsmark Partnership Programme?

The Artsmark Partnership Programme is an Arts Council England-endorsed network of arts and cultural organisations that can support education settings on their Artsmark journey to embed arts and culture across the curriculum.

How can Partners support Artsmark settings?

Each Artsmark Partner will have their own offers for schools and education settings. These may include Continued Professional Development opportunities for staff, digital resources or workshops linked to the curriculum for students, as well as visits to exhibitions and performances. Some of these offers may be one off, such as stand-alone sessions; others may be part of a longer-term project. Artsmark Partners will also be able to signpost settings to other arts and cultural organisations that could add value to their Artsmark journey.

The Artsmark Partner logo offers reassurance to settings that the organisation understands the requirements and process of the Artsmark Award and that they will adhere to the Code of Practice of the programme.

Artsmark Partnership Programme Logo

Why join the Artsmark Partnership Programme?

Are you an arts and cultural organisation that can offer Artsmark Schools opportunities to enhance their provision? Here’s why you should join:

  • Engage and build new audiences through schools and families
  • Support to map your current offer against Artsmark criteria
  • A framework to support development of your CYP offer and respond to the Cultural Education Challenge
  • Gain a better understanding of the needs and priorities of education settings
  • Develop deeper, longer term relationships with education settings
  • Contribute to, and benefit from, signposting and sharing of best practice with like-minded organisations

To find out more about the programme from Partners and schools themselves, watch the video below:

How do cultural organisations join the Artsmark Partnership Programme?

Joining is free! All you need to do is book onto one of our Artsmark Partnership Programme briefing sessions. Upcoming sessions are below. After that, the Arts Council will send you an Artsmark Partner logo and a Code of Practice, outlining expectations of how Partners will engage with settings.

You can book onto the next Briefing Session here:

Resources for Artsmark Partners:

Artsmark Development Framework: ACE have produced a handy resource to support organisations to develop their Artsmark Partner offer and embed it within their strategic priorities. Please note these are examples and are not a requirement of the programme.

Music Education Hubs: ACE have been working with Music Education Hubs to find out how they could best support schools on their Artsmark journey whilst adding value to their own programmes. Click here to download the handy resource for Music Education Hubs that outlines the benefits of engaging with Artsmark, and offers clear examples of how hub programmes might align to the Artsmark criteria.

Artsmark settings who want to find out more about Artsmark Partners in their area can check the relevant ‘Arts & Culture Near Me’ page or email us at

How can schools and settings access Artsmark Partners? 

It is important to note that there is no requirement for Artsmark settings to engage with an Artsmark Partner and it will not affect their Artsmark application. Settings can engage with any external partners and are not solely restricted to working with Artsmark Partners.

Artsmark Partners are not local delivery partners for Artsmark Award as that role is fulfilled by us as your regional Bridge organisation.

Click here to download the Artsmark Partners leaflet.