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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.

Find out about the different levels:

What young people and advisers say...

Find out more about the impact of Arts Award on young people.


Want to run Arts Award?

Anyone working with children and young people in the UK can deliver Arts Award – you don’t need to be an arts specialist. Teachers, teaching assistants, museum learning staff, arts practitioners and youth workers all deliver Arts Award.

Find out more about running Arts Award

There are no entry requirementsno time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work.

Download the Arts Award Guide containing everything you need to know about doing Arts Award for practitioners, parents and young people.


What next?


If you work in an arts or cultural venue and aren’t quite ready to deliver Arts Award, you can register online as an Arts Award Supporter. Supporter organisations offer activities, events, expertise or resources which help young people working towards their Arts Award.