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Arts Award

What is Arts Award?
Arts Award offers young people a unique qualification, which supports them to develop as artists and arts leaders.  Each young person can chose their own path through the award – from poetry to photography, design to dance, fashion to film.  Whichever route they choose, its about engaging with different art forms (for example, watching a spoken word show), taking part in activities (for example, joining one of our workshops for young people) and finding out about your favourite artists.  Most importantly, young people make their own choices, about what interests them.  If you are a young person interested in the arts, it’s a great way to develop your creative and leadership skills, having fun along the way whilst also getting a qualification, which is recognised nationally by schools, colleges, universities and employers.

Arts Award motivates and celebrates the artistic achievements of young people and can be achieved through any arts, media or cultural activity, including spoken word.  Through the process, young people deepen their knowledge and understanding of their chosen art forms.

Arts Award is available at 5 different levels (Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold) four of which are accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework.  There are no entry requirements, no set rules on how to present your work and no time limit for completing each award as long as you are aged between 7 and 25 years. 

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional bridge organisations and four associate bridges in London.  Apples and Snakes is one of the associate bridge organisations in London, who help to lead on Arts Award’s development in the city.

Apples and Snakes is an Arts Award supporter, this means if you or a young person you know is interested in developing new creative skills and experiences, then Apples and Snakes can help you to achieve your Arts Award.  For more information about how we can help you work towards your Arts Award please click here.

If you are an Arts Award Adviser, A New Direction, the lead Bridge for London, is hosting information sessions for trained Arts Award advisers or those interested in training to run Arts Award, these will be held in venues across London. To find out more about the support meetings where you can ask specific questions about your programmes, meet other advisers or get a bit more information about using Arts Award in your setting, please visit www.artsaward.org.uk/support.

At the Albany, where we are based, we hold regular Arts Award Adviser training sessions, to book onto a training session please visit

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