Artsmark award celebrates schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence in arts provision for their pupils.

The Artsmark award has been designed by schools for schools to align with your school improvement plan. It helps deliver high quality arts and cultural education. It is a useful, practical and valuable tool for enriching arts provision.

Achieving an Artsmark award demonstrates a commitment to providing arts and cultural opportunities for all pupils. Artsmark schools use the arts to inspire learning and develop happy, successful and confident children and young people.

Artsmark unlocks potential in children and young people, develops character and talent, and increases their knowledge and understanding.

Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources and networks of cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision. 

We have compiled a collection of exclusive offers from arts and cultural organisations in Yorkshire and Humber to schools on their Artsmark journey. To download this Special Offers brochure, click here.

How Artsmark works

Artsmark has a common sense application process that is light on paperwork and flexible to how each school is run. It costs £500 (£250 for schools with fewer than 100 pupils). The fee includes the Development Day induction training for two members of staff and ongoing support from us. Find out more about how Artsmark works.  

Any educational setting can apply for Artsmark. Find out more about who can apply and which settings Artsmark is not applicable to.

If you have already signed up to the new Artsmark you are eligible to attend an Artsmark Development Day – click here for more details and to book your place.

Arts Council England believes every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work. Schools with Artsmark also support pupils to gain Arts Award in recognition of the arts and cultural activities they engage in.

To find out more and register your school please visit

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