Arts Award Supporter

What is Arts Award?
Arts Award’s unique qualifications inspire young people to take part in the arts. Young people can work in any art form, including behind-the-scenes roles. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels: an introductory level (Discover) and four accredited qualifications – Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Gold carries valuable UCAS points. Arts Award advisors facilitate young people’s journey through the award programme, then assess their arts log or portfolio.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations.

What is Arts Award Supporter?
Young people working towards Arts Award experience professional arts work, get inspired by artists and find out about arts careers. We offer Arts Award at Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels through a variety of different projects. If you are doing your Arts Award independently of us, perhaps through your school or youth group, and you are looking for additional arts experiences within creative writing and literature to complete your award we may be able to help you.

Arts Award Discover: for those aged 5 – 25, this level takes around 20 hours to complete
Arts Award Explore: for those aged 7 – 25, this level takes around 25 hours to complete – Entry Level 3 qualification
Bronze Arts Award: for those aged 11 – 25, this level takes around 40 hours to complete and is a Level 1 qualification on the Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF)
Silver Arts Award: for those aged 14 – 25, this level takes around 60 hours to complete and is a Level 2 qualification (QCF)
Gold Arts Award: for those aged 16 – 25, this level takes around 90 hours to complete and is a Level 3 qualification (QCF) Gold also offers 35 UCAS points.

What we can offer:
We have lots of activities that you can take part in for your Arts Award including;

• Our Young Writers’ Groups for those aged 8 – 16
• Showcase events featuring children and young people from the Young Writers’ Groups (please see the event calendar for more information)
• Family friendly events throughout the year and at the Birmingham Literature Festival (discounts and free tickets for those completing their Arts Award)
• Creative writing workshops at the Birmingham Literature Festival
• Free events featuring national and international writers at the Birmingham Literature Festival
• Our Young Writers’ Summer School
• Networking events to meet other creative writers from the West Midlands
Spark Young Writers Magazine – submit your writing
• Lists of regional publishers, events, festivals and resources
• Information on some of the writers that work with us
• We can put you in touch with local writers
• Talk to our lovely team about the work we do
• Volunteering and placement opportunities for those completing their Arts Award
• Signposting to other opportunities and organisations
• Shadow members of the team (where appropriate)

Get in touch:
If you’re completing your Arts Award and would like to talk to us about how we can help, please email emma[at]writingwestmidlands.org.

For more information about Arts Award, please visit the Arts Award website www.artsaward.org.uk.