All about Arts Award

What is Arts Award?

Made up of five different levels, an Arts Award offers a unique set of qualifications for anyone up to the age of 25 to grow as an artist or arts leader. Participating in Arts Award 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

The Arts Award website has more information and access to support materials to help you on your Arts Award journey.

Five Levels


Introductory level award providing the opportunity for children and young people to familiaries themselves with the arts.


This Entry Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is the perfect stepping stone from the introductory award, Arts Award Discover, to the Level 1 qualification, Bronze Arts Award.


To achieve Bronze young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others.


Silver Arts Award has two units – Unit 1: arts practice and Unit 2: arts leadership. Doing Silver involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project with other people.


Gold Arts Award develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff.

No matter what level of Arts Award you would like to participate in Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums can support you. For further information or to discuss your needs please contact the learning team by emailing

Our offer

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums are a registered Arts Award Centre. Our learning teams across our venues are trained Arts Award Advisers, meaning they are able to deliver whole Arts Award from introduction to moderation or provide tailored support for other organisations and schools already delivering their own Arts Award.

If you would like to discuss Arts Award with a member of the learning team please contact us by emailing