Arts Award

Arts Award supports children and young people to develop as artists and arts leaders.

Arts Award supports children and young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. It deepens engagement with arts and culture, develops both creative and leadership skills, and importantly the Arts Award leads to a national qualification.

Through the five different levels of Arts Award, children and young people aged up to 25 can explore any art form. The award builds confidence, helps young people engage and enjoy cultural activities and prepares them for further education and employment. At Culture Bridge North East it is our job to support schools and cultural organisations to help more children and young people to achieve Arts Award, and to raise awareness of the award more generally.

We are developing our delivery plans for Arts Award in the North East right now, so watch this space for more information.

For further information about Arts Award please visit:

Arts Award adviser training and supporter surgeries

Arts Award adviser training is available regularly across the North East. Click here for further details.

Culture Bridge North East works closely with the North East Arts Award trainers and training agencies as well as with Trinity College. Please contact the team if you have any queries about Arts Award: Tel: 0191 277 2243 or email:

Where to go to do Arts Award

Culture Bridge North East has produced a directory of organisations who can help with Arts Award. Take a look at our online directory or download a pdf of our printed directory.

Celebrating Arts Award across the North East

Over the coming year we will be celebrating the fantastic Arts Award achievements you’ve been involved in and advocating your organisation's Arts Award offer for children and young people across the region and nationally. This programme of work will culminate in a week-long celebration in February 2018.

Together with The Customs House, we are developing a suite of resources to inform and support your Arts Award delivery.

Focus on Arts Award blogs

Bronze and Silver Arts Award Peer Mentoring Programme

The Customs House, on behalf of Culture Bridge North East, are seeking applications to recruit up to 15 current Arts Award advisers (at Bronze and Silver levels) committed to developing their understanding and experience of Bronze and Silver Arts Award. Click here for further information and the application form

Got a question about Arts Award?

We are producing a resource, with The Customs House, to help address Arts Award frequently asked questions. Find out more

WOW Arts Award stories

We want to build up a bank of North East Arts Award stories to showcase great examples and approaches as well as your experiences.

Please use our new case study template to capture your story and remember to highlight your 'wow' moments! Once you've filled it in, please email it to Elizabeth at The Customs House.

News and resources

Hundreds of children achieve their Discover Arts Award

The Customs House, on behalf of Culture Bridge North East, has supported North East arts and cultural organisations to successfully deliver a Discover Arts Award in a day.

551 children achieved their Discover Arts Award working with the following organisations: Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens; Amber Film and Photography Collective; balletLORRENT; Northern Stage; Berwick Film and Media Festival; North Tyneside Music Education Hub; Beamish; Helix Arts and Gem Arts. Read more

Film: Arts Award Peer Mentoring Programme

If you're interested in Arts Award or if you're an Arts Award adviser - take a look at our peer mentoring film.

Blog: Developing plans for Arts Award, by Eileen Atkins

"Because of the flexible nature of Arts Award it can be delivered in lots of different ways. I've been involved directly as an adviser and through bridge work for a few years now. In my experience, the longer you leave it between doing your adviser training and doing your first Arts Award delivery, the more daunting it can become." Read more...

Arts Award Impact Study

The study found that Arts Award is a driver of young people’s educational and professional success. All young people participating benefitted in some way from doing Arts Award and half experienced specific positive impacts on their education or job chances.

Benefits experienced by all participants included improved communication, people and organisational skills, new contacts or connections and increased confidence. 95% of advisers reported seeing a ‘great impact’ on young people’s personal confidence, which young people and advisers indicated as supporting a range of ‘hard’ outcomes. Read more

Read Arts Award Impact Study 2016