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Arts Award

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations. Since its launch in 2005, the award has grown quickly and is now flourishing in arts centres, colleges and schools, community projects, libraries, galleries, local authorities, theatres, youth clubs and youth justice settings.

Arts Award, aimed at 11 to 25 year olds, is especially valuable to those young people who find it hard to get accreditation through formal education. Arts Award celebrates the creative progress made by young people, not just their artistic skills. It is flexible enough to fit around the busy life of a young person.

Arts Award is...

  • a great way for children and young people to be inspired by and enjoy the arts
  • offered at five levels, four accredited and one introductory award
  • a framework for learning new skills and sharing them
  • an opportunity to develop creativity and leadership skills
  • a link between young people and creative arts professionals, organisations, venues and events

It provides a framework for young people to learn arts and leadership skills and to find out about further participation and career opportunities in the arts.

Setting up an Arts Award Centre:

Young people work towards their awards using Arts Award centres as a base, in addition to working independently.

An Arts Award centre can be any setting that supports children and young people taking part in the arts. It is not necessary to have a building base a centre is generally an organisation, including a festival, that wants to use Arts Award to engage young people. Individual artists can also register as a centre.

Every Arts Award centre is registered with Trinity College London and must have at least one trained Arts Award adviser. Advisers can work with one centre or across several, and they may also establish new centres.

Becoming an Arts Award centre is a great way for any organisation, including those such as festivals to:

  • Develop a clear framework for your existing work with young people
  • Help develop volunteering and progression opportunities to support emerging talent
  • Enable young people to work towards a national qualification and potentially link with schools and colleges
  • Engage more young people in the arts and challenge them to develop their creativity and leadership skills

Becoming and Arts Award adviser:

Arts Award advisers are key to the success of Arts Award. They support children and young people working towards their awards, acting as mentors, facilitators and primary assessors

To become an adviser you will need to meet our relevant criteria, including previous experience of working with children or young people.  You then complete a one day adviser training course, which you can book online

Arts Award Supporters:

Alternatively your organisation can become an Arts Award Supporter:

If you want to know more about Arts Award please contact Mary Mills at The Mighty Creatives, the East Midlands Regional Bridge Agency:

    Information about the levels

    The scheme was developed through a pioneering relationship between Arts Council England and Trinity Guildhall. It can be taken at bronze, silver and gold levels, which are accredited at levels 1,2 and 3 on the National Qualifications Framework.


    Young people take part in and share their skills and interests with an arts group. It is works well for 11 to 14 year-olds.


    At this level, young people identify a personal challenge, make a plan and follow it to acheive their goal. It includes researching their local arts scene, reviewing events, getting involved, also planning and leading an arts project and sharing skills with their peers. This level works well for 14 - 16 year-olds.


    Young artists are encouraged to show their originality. They are expected to develop their arts pactice more independently, and keep a portfolio recording their aspirations and progress. This level will work well for young people over 16 years old.

    Young People are able to take up the Arts Award challenge at an Arts Award Centre in their area. In Derby this is Da Vinci Community College, and DARTworks. Contact Kim Johnson for a list of Derbyshire Centres.

    For more information about this scheme, visit the Arts Award website.

    Contacts for Derby and Derbyshire:

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