Artsmark - Inspiring young people through the arts and culture.

We believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work.

Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding.

That’s why Artsmark was created: to bring this ambition to life in every classroom.

Awarded by Arts Council England, designed by schools, the new Artsmark award will help schools to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education and provides an excellent way to demonstrate this.

Across the country Artsmark is rewarding more and more schools for championing arts and culture.  Any school setting can apply.

Artsmark schools gain access to exceptional resources as well as networks of the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, helping them develop and strengthen their arts provision. 

 

Ready for Artsmark?

Registration for the new Artsmark award is now open. To find out more about the programme click here.

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Nurturing the next creative generation

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Art and culture play an important role as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, helping children and young people to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them as well as character and talent.

The new Artsmark, designed with and for schools, is a great resource to recognise and support the development of quality arts and cultural provision in schools, helping young people to unlock their potential regardless of their background.

Nicky Morgan
Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

A quality cultural education can have a huge impact on young people, from inspiring future careers to helping develop their creativity in other subjects.

The new Artsmark award, which has been designed with and for schools, is a great way to celebrate the importance of teaching arts and culture so that children from all backgrounds can reap the benefits.

Ed Vaizey
Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England