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Whether you're an art gallery, museum,  theatre, library or community arts project, Arts Award can help you attract young people and support them to develop both creative and leadership skills. Arts and cultural organisations can fit Arts Award's flexible framework around existing learning programmes, accredit the work of interns or volunteers, or run open access Arts Award workshops. Young people can focus on any art form, including ‘behind the scenes’ and technical activities. Creative documentation can be part of the programme, such as video diaries, video documentaries and audio interviews.

How Arts Award can work for you?

Whether you're an arts organisationmuseumlibrary, independent practitioner or youth theatreArts Award can help you attract young people and support them to develop both creative and leadership skills.


Arts Award is suitable for young people aged up to 25 and is offered at five levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and GoldAlthough Arts Award is a range of qualifications (four of which are regulated by Ofqual within the Qualifications and Credit Framework), any setting working with young people can deliver Arts Award if they have a trained Arts Award adviser.

It’s not just for schools! Almost 30% of organisations who deliver Arts Award are from the arts and cultural sector. Join them today! For young people that are undertaking GCSEs or A-levels, Arts Award can complement and extend their academic studies. Arts Award recognises personal progress within the arts rather than a specific skill level. 

Use Arts Award to

  • accredit your regular activity with young people

By running Arts Award you will attract young people to take part in and enjoy your arts programme. Arts and cultural organisations can fit Arts Award's flexible framework around existing learning programmes, accredit the work of interns or volunteers, or run open access Arts Award workshops.

  • strengthen a one-off project, such as a holiday scheme or festival

Young people can focus on any art form, including ‘behind the scenes’ and technical activities. Creative documentation can be part of the programme, such as video diaries, video documentaries and audio interviews, allowing them to be creative with their portfolio and reflective of their own artistic work.

  • kick start a new partnership with a school, youth club or another arts organisation

Every aspect of the award encourages young people to link with creative professionals, and to take part in or lead activities. It’s a perfect opportunity to partner with schools, youth settings or another organisation to share delivery of Arts Award, building audiences and offering young people a professional arts stimulus.


Arts Award provides a framework for projects and offers young people a qualification. Accreditation often attracts participants and may draw in additional funding. Applications for grant or trust funding may be strengthened if young people are gaining a qualification, helping you cover the costs of training and moderation.

Although Arts Award is a qualification, it is not admin heavy, the only paperwork advisers complete is an assessment form for each participant and the process for booking a moderation.  Arts Award evidence can be captured within delivery using photos, posters, post-its, recordings and young people can gather feedback via social networks such as Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr. 

What people are saying:

'Peshkar boosted my confidence skills because of their awesome workshops. I liked working in a team and the great opportunities I’ve been given where everyone acknowledges your ideas. It’s given me a bright future- without it I wouldn't have as many doors opened for me.’ 

Raabia Hussain, aged 18, Raabia is now working towards Gold

’I really liked that becoming an Arts Awards adviser is something people in arts administration and management can do. Given we're doing all these projects with young people anyway (because we want to and we know there’s a lot we can offer), I think it only makes sense to add value through this process and reward hard work and quality. Also, Arts Award is a great tool for reflective practice for us at the delivery end. We really have to question ourselves: are we planning this activity for the right reasons? Have we consulted enough with the young people themselves? Is this a high quality experience? Anything that helps us step back a little bit and reflect is good.’

Philip Cowell, Head of Programmes at PEN and an Arts Award adviser

 

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