Arts Award to launch 10th anniversary celebrations with Start Your Arts Award Day

25 Sep 2015

Arts Award is launching its 10th birthday celebrations with Start Your Arts Award Day on 1 October.

Start Your Arts Award Day will see hundreds of young people begin new creative projects at Arts Award centres across the UK - including schools, arts organisations, libraries, museums and clubs.

Arts Award encourages young people to work towards achieving a national qualification that helps them to develop as artists and arts leaders, nurturing creativity and communication. The programme develops leadership skills and bolsters independence, preparing young people for further education and employment.

Diana Walton, Arts Award Development Lead, Trinity College London, said, ‘In Arts Award’s 10th birthday year we want to celebrate young people’s artistic achievements, in all shapes and sizes. We are encouraging all Arts Award centres to begin projects on 1 October, so that many more young people can be offered the chance to get creative and get a qualification. Our aspiration is for a quarter of a million Arts Awards to be achieved by young people, so let’s all make that happen!’

Arts Award centre, York Theatre Royal will run an event on Start Your Arts Award Day to attract a new group of young people. Director, Kate Plumb said, ‘I’d encourage all organisations who offer arts and cultural projects for young people to deliver Arts Award. Being an adviser is incredibly rewarding. I have seen Arts Award change the lives of many young people. The next generation of arts leaders is going to be outstanding!’

A new resource to support trained Arts Award advisers who want to kick-start their delivery can be downloaded from Arts Award’s online adviser hub and from October, a special discount is available for moderations taking place before 31 March 2016. Advisers can also register their interest in getting involved with Arts Award’s 10-month long birthday celebrations at

Training for teachers and arts education professionals who want to get started with Arts Award is available across England during every month of the year, with courses also now available in Wales and Scotland. Training can be booked at


Notes to Editors:

1. About Start Your Arts Award Day

Start Your Arts Award Day marks the beginning of Arts Award’s 10th birthday celebrations and will take place on 1 October 2015. Arts Award centres across the UK will start new creative projects that can count towards young people’s Arts Awards.

More information about Arts Award 10th birthday plans can be found at

The Start Your Arts Award Day resource is available in the resources section of the Arts Award’s online adviser hub (search for Start Your Arts Award).


2. About Arts Award and Trinity College London

Arts Award supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. Young people aged up to 25 of all abilities and interests can gain an Arts Award through any arts, media or cultural activity.

Arts Award has five levels*, four of which are accredited on the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework). The award assesses art form knowledge and understanding, creativity and communication skills and helps to prepare young people for further education and employment. Trained Arts Award advisers (usually a professional artist, teacher or youth worker) support young people to achieve their aspirations. For more information about Arts Award, call 020 7820 6178 or visit

Arts Award Supporters offer activities, events, expertise or resources which help young people working towards their Arts Award. There are currently over 1,000 Arts Award Supporter organisations across the UK.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.

* Gold is accredited at QCF 3 Level (which also carries 35 UCAS tariff points), Silver at Level 2, Bronze at Level 1 and Explore at Entry Level 3. Arts Award Discover is an introductory level which is not accredited on the QCF.


3. About Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. They believe that great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Between 2011 and 2015, they will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £0.85 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. 

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