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Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts journey.  Each path can take a different direction – from fashion to film-making, from dance to design, from photography to poetry.  Whichever route they choose to follow, young people are always in the driving seat.

Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills.

Open to anyone aged up to 25, Arts Award embraces all interests and backgrounds.  Through working towards an award, young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.

Arts Award motivates and celebrates young people’s artistic achievements.  Young people can achieve an award through any arts, media or cultural activity, developing knowledge and understanding of their chosen art forms.

Young people are supported by Advisers who can be teachers, teaching assistants, lecturers, youth workers, arts co-ordinators or arts professionals.

Arts Award has been successfully run in hundreds of arts, cultural and education settings across Yorkshire and the Humber….in fact if we gathered together one person to represent every Arts Award that's been successfully completed we would need 15 of the region's biggest theatres to fit them in.



Taking you from the start up to Gold standard

CapeUK offers a wide range of support to professionals working with young people whether you are just interested to find out more about Arts Award and how to become an Adviser, or if you're already trained and want to develop your offer to young people.

Throughout the year, we run a series of seminars and events to give you an overview of Arts Award (including our annual conference – this year with an Alice in Wonderland theme – booking link below).

There's also a range of training courses for you to become an Adviser at three different levels:

- Discover and Explore (the introductory levels of Arts Award)

- Bronze and Silver

- Gold

note: you can only take the Gold Adviser course after you have successfully completed the Bronze and Silver training.

Once you are an Adviser you can access a range of support including:

- seminars and events looking at aspects of Arts Award in different settings

- Arts Award Adviser Network meetings which give you the chance to meet other Adviser and share best practice and new ideas and get help to tackle any issues you may have come up against in your Arts Award provision

- support visits which are open to certain categories of Adviser and Arts Award centre. 


Examples of Good Practice and Resources 

There's lots of great working going on with Arts Award across the region and around the country. Arts Award Good Practice Centres have been chosen from a range of sectors, including schools, youth and community centres and the arts and cultural sector.  Through various activities across the year, the Good Practice Centres in Yorkshire and the Humber will be sharing their practice to inspire others, make connections and advocate for Arts Award.

► Case studies and resources from the centres. 

A number of providers also offer support for Arts Award. As examples:

My Learning 

My Learning's specific Discover and Explore resources 

► Into Film 


You can view our, new for 2016, Heritage Arts Award resources and case studies to help you use Arts Award successfully in a heritage setting and context.

We also have a range of regional case studies available online to inspire you.

In addition, we have summarised key Arts Award moderation data for Yorkshire and the Humber. You can view it below (please expand the window by clicking on the "fullscreen" icon to see the tables clearly).



Please click below for more information about:

 Arts Award Seminars, Training and Events

 Arts Award Adviser Network

 Arts Award Support

 Arts Award Supporter

For further information on Arts Award, please call Lisa Ibbetson on 0113 322 3050 or email or visit the Arts Award website.


Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.  CapeUK is part of this network, funded by Arts Council England, who lead on Arts Award regional development.


Quick Links

> Arts Council England Bridge Role

> Artsmark

> Music Education Hubs

> National Portfolio Organisations