Arts Award Celebration week

8th February 2018 - Adam Halls

All this week has been Arts Award Celebration Week with #MyArtsAward leading the discussion and we’ve been sharing stories of outstanding Arts Award practice, the benefits of Arts Award and what young people think about it.

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a range of qualifications that supports anyone up to the age of 25 in developing as artists and arts leaders.

There are 5 awards, Discover, Explores, Bronze, Silver and Gold with every award including some element of researching an art form, learning about the artists and their processes and then creating original artwork.

Every award not only develops a young person’s ability in their chosen art form, it also improves their creativity, leadership and communication skills as well as giving them opportunities to gain experience and knowledge that will help them progress into further education and employment.

Where can I find out more?

We have an Arts Award page that gives full details of how the awards work. You can also visit the main Arts Award page for details on how the award is assessed and where you can take part.

I think I’d like to do an Arts Award, where can I go?

Kirklees Libraries -AllTrophies

The main Arts Award page has a search function where you can find your nearest Arts Award centre. However, Arts Award can be done in lots of different setting including schools, libraries, museums and arts festivals, and not all are listed on that site. You can even complete one independently with the assistance of an Arts Award adviser. So, if you want more options, send us an email at and we’ll put you in touch with the nearest Arts Award advisers.

Actually, I’d quite like to be an Arts Award adviser, how do I do that?

Arts Award Adviser status is available to anybody over the age of 18 with experience or qualifications working with children and young people. You do not have to be a teacher or an artist to become an Arts Award Adviser. Further restrictions are outlined on the Adviser Person Specification document.

To become an Arts Award Adviser you will need to complete a training course. Public training is scheduled throughout the year and consists of either a one day or half day course, after which, upon satisfactory completion of, you will be qualified. For the current schedule of dates and locations, visit our Arts Award events page. 

IVE also offers in-house training for groups of 6 or more. To enquire, please contact

Anything else I should know?

There are loads of blogs on our website that give more information about Arts Award and it’s benefits.

The Benefits of Arts Award Gold with Guiseley School

Guiseley Arts Award Gold Students

As part of Arts Award Celebration Week, IVE’s Charlotte Brook and Caroline Courtney attended Guiseley School in Leeds to talk to some 6th Form students that have been completing Arts Award Gold and discover what they think of the award.

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Why Gold Arts Award?

teenagers at a gallery, one is painting others are watching

What is Gold Arts Award and why, if you’re a young person interested in the arts or developing employment skills, an artist or a school leader should you know about it?

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Artsmark and Arts Award with Oatlands Junior School

Oatlands Junior School Students

Artsmark and Arts Award are two different programmes created by Arts Council England that complement and build upon each other excellently. We look at one example, Oatlands Junior School in Harrogate, of how Artsmark and Arts Award support each other.

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How Arts Award Improves Employability with Ignite Imaginations

Ignite Imaginations Web Page 2

One of the overlooked benefits of Arts Award is how it improves employability. In developing their art form and researching artists working in it, young people gain an understanding of the range of jobs available in art and the routes to entry.

More than that, Arts Award helps develop the soft skills the employers repeatedly cite they look for in candidates; confidence, communication, leadership, time-keeping, etc.

One organisation that is using Arts Award very effectively to develop employability is Ignite Imaginations. Read the blog to see how.

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Arts Award Good Practice Centres with Chapel FM

Chapel FM the power of words performance with a group of young people surrounding a microphone

Chapel FM were named an Arts Award good practice centre by Trinity. We look at what went into achieving that and what it means for the young people involved in Chapel FM.

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Arts Award Reviews

Moor Primary Young People in military uniforms in a play

Arts Award is ultimately all about the children & young people that take part and the huge range of benefits they get. But don’t take it from us, we’ve collected some Arts Award reviews from the young people taking part and spotlighted some great work.

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