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Arts Award recognises the widest possible range of arts activity.

  • Performing arts (for example, all kinds of music, dance, drama, storytelling, circus, mime, carnival, musical theatre)
  • Visual arts, craft and design (for example, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, printmaking)
  • Literature (for example, poetry, fiction, journalism, scriptwriting)
  • Digital and media (for example, 'digital making' using code, photography, film, video, computer arts, games design, recorded music, live/performance art)
  • Wider arts practice (for example arts marketing, producing, arts administration)
  • Museum practice (for example as curation and interpretation)

Young people can take part in many different ways – not only as creators of their own work, but also, for example, as performers, backstage crew, front of house staff, technicians, web designers, camera men/women, editors, promoters, DJs, costume designers, or prop makers.

If in doubt whether an art form or project might fit:

  • First ask yourself the question: is there a qualification that would fit it better, i.e. sports/cookery etc? Am I just trying to squeeze it into the Arts Award for the sake of it?
  • Consider the creative input of what you are proposing, as it will be assessed on your creativity.
  • Use our appropriate art forms to help link it back to an art form area.