One of our key areas of work is to drive participation in the Arts Award programme. Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone up to 25 grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form – from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry.

Through Arts Award young people gain a nationally recognised qualification enabling them to progress into further education and employment. Arts Award has five levels, four of which (Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold) are recognised as Entry Level 3 and Levels 1, 2 and 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Arts Award Discover is an introductory level.

What does Arts Award involve?

  • At all levels, children and young people work with an Arts Award adviser. This is a trained adult who supports young people in gaining arts experiences, provides guidance and assesses arts logs and portfolios. Teachers, teaching assistants, museum learning staff, art practitioners, youth workers and volunteers can all train as advisers.
  • An Arts Award can be based around any arts or media activity, and can be completed in a wide variety of settings – like youth clubs, arts centres, schools, colleges, theatres or community groups.
  • There are no entry requirements, no time limit for completing the award, and no set rules on how to present final work. Young people just need to be aged under 25, and ready to explore new creative experiences.

Arts Connect offers a range of support to professionals who work with young people – we can give you more information on Arts Award and how you can become an Adviser or we can help you develop your offer if you are already trained.


Pupils from St Mary and St Margaret's school painting pictures as part of their Arts Award Celebration Day.

 Arts Award Investment Programme

We are offering support to schools and organisations who are interested in starting Arts Award in their settings or progressing beyond offering one level of Arts Award.

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents; it is creative, valuable and accessible. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award. Through this support scheme, we want to extend the reach and delivery of Arts Award and are offering a contribution of £500 towards the cost of Arts Award.

Investment for Arts Award Progression Programme

Are you already delivering Arts Award and would like to include higher levels of Arts Award at your school or organisation? Arts Connect is offering support to schools and organisations working with pupils at only one level of Arts Award but wish to deliver more. This programme will help organisations to progress from delivering one level of Arts Award to delivering two or more levels.

Investment for Arts Award Start-up Programme

Are you interested in starting Arts Award in your school or organisation? Arts Connect is offering support to schools and organisations who are interested in starting Arts Award in their settings. This programme is available to all settings working with young people in the West Midlands who are not currently offering Arts Award.

Investment Applications 2019

Application Opening date and Application closing date

  • Round 1- 8th April 2019- 8th July 2019
  • Round 2- 9th September 2019 –18th November 2019

Details of the programme are here. 

Download the application forms for each round:
• Round 1 – Start-up and Progression
• Round 2 – Start-up and Progression

For further information contact Rebecca Thompson.

Arts Awards

Find out more about Arts Award. Arts Connect funded by Arts Council England, leads on Arts Award regional development in the West Midlands..

To find information about the training and support we provide for Arts Award advisers in the region use the link below or contact Rebecca Thompson.