About Artsmark

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision

We are proud to have the support of the Department for Education, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) and a number of other partners.


Developing and celebrating arts provision is hugely important for children and young people’s education.

Find out why your organisation should apply for Artsmark.


All primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings in England can apply for Artsmark.

Find out more about who can apply and which settings Artsmark is not applicable to.

We provide an overview of Artsmark achievements on a yearly basis. Click here for a PDF of the most recent overview (2013), which summarises the quantity awarded, levels achieved and repeat versus first time applicants for the whole of that academic year. It also includes a percentage breakdown of Artsmark schools by region.

We also provide a yearly list of all of the organisations that have achieved Artsmark. The most recent list covers Round 12 (2011/12), Round 13 (2012/13), and Round 14 (2013/14). It is available as a PDF or as an Excel spreadsheet. Please note that Artsmark was closed for a review year during 2010/11, and that from Round 12 onwards only two levels of Artsmark were available - Artsmark and Artsmark Gold. Data was correct for organisations at the time of achieving Artsmark.


Applications for the 2014/15 academic year are now closed. Arts Council England is currently updating Artsmark so that it can be as effective as possible, and in helping to achieve their ambition of ensuring all children and young people have access to high quality arts and culture, as part of their strategy Achieving great art and culture for everyone. 

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.