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.


Artsmark update June 2015

Artsmark Award: Inspiring learning through the arts

Artsmark update March 2015

Click here to read the latest message from Arts Council England and Trinity College London.

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At the heart of this government’s commitment to extending opportunity is a belief that all pupils should have access to an excellent, well-rounded education – a good arts and cultural education is a key part of this. I am delighted that Arts Council England’s Artsmark Award will help to recognise those schools which are delivering a high quality arts and cultural education to all pupils.

Nick Gibb
Minister of State for Schools

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.

Antony Gormley

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