Myths about Arts Award

Wednesday 21 March 2018

Arts Award is...

...a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to 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 digital art, pottery to poetry.

Offered at five different levels, young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
  • gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.


On a day to day basis when the Arts Award support team are answering calls and emails to assist the 41, 325 Arts Award advisers that are delivering Arts Award across the UK, we sometimes come across people that trained as advisers many years ago. Some of these advisers have unfortunately not had the chance to deliver Arts Award as much as they would like or even at all in some cases. Advisers leave the training inspired but then for a number of different reasons are not able to deliver. If you are one of these advisers, we would love to hear from you and help you to start delivering. We have support surgeries that you can attend and get face to face support, as well as remote support options.

Myths about Arts Award

On occasion, we have heard people say that Arts Award is “admin heavy” or “restrictive.” Trinity College London has been working hard to ensure that the process to submit portfolios for moderation is as smooth as possible and in fact we’ve managed to slim the process down to just one piece of paper! I have also found through my own practice of working with young people in several arts organisations that often, the activities that I have planned for my sessions fulfil many parts of an Arts Award qualification already. The added benefit of the award is that it embeds opportunities for young people to reflect on their experiences, development and viewpoints.   

For more information please visit or call 0207 820 6178 to speak with a member of the support team.