Dancing at Stoke on Trent College

Guitar recital at Dunraven School

Celebrating Artsmark, Dunraven School

Pupils having fun with music

Workshop by The Place, Charles Dickens School

Artsmark makes a difference

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision. It is delivered by Arts Council England and 10 regional Bridge organisations drive participation. 

Any school, college or youth justice organisation in England can apply for Artsmark.

Artsmark is nationally recognised as demonstrating excellence in arts and cultural provision.

Holding Artsmark status demonstrates that your school or setting values the arts and culture.

It raises the public profile of a school or setting in the eyes of prospective students, their families and across the wider community.

Artsmark contributes to the cultural aspect of Ofsted’s requirement that a school promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Find out more about the programme or the impact of Artsmark.

Ready for Artsmark?

Applications for the 2014/15 academic year have now closed. Arts Council England is currently updating Artsmark and schools and organisations that wish to participate in Artsmark are encouraged to apply when Artsmark is formally launched in September 2015. To find out more about Artsmark developments, click here.

Testimonials

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

'Artsmark is a real success story for Arts Council England and the 20% of schools across England who currently hold Artsmark status.'

Stephen Belinfante, Arts Adviser, Worcestershire County Council

'Artsmark schools endorse the belief that achievement and participation in the arts are essential components in nurturing happy and confident young learners.'

Ed Vaizey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Culture, Media & Sport)

'I’m delighted to see the return of Artsmark, which will help to give thousands of children access to high quality arts provision in schools.'

Antony Gormley - artist

'Making things, drawing, painting, filmmaking - all of these are a form of thinking and feeling that do not require the skills of literacy and numeracy and yet are essential to becoming fully human.'