Artsmark blog


How creativity supported us in lockdown

In our first Artsmark in action blog we hear from Julia Wisbey, Head of Drama and Senior Leader in Personal Development at Admiral Lord Nelson School, a secondary school in Portsmouth. Julia shares with us how they’ve used arts and creativity at the school to support pupil wellbeing, encourage engagement with distanced learning, and build a sense of community.

Anti-racism resources for children and young people


Mental Health Awareness Week


The Reading agency, Pancras square library- Photo © Dave Warren

To celebrate #WorldBookDay we’ve spoken to three recently awarded Artsmark schools to find out how they infuse their English curriculum with creativity. So, grab a brew and find out how Artsmark can inspire you this #WorldBookDay.


Drama brings English to life

Photo © Murray Freestone Photography / Bridgemary School

Lucy Palmer-Rimmer, Arts Council England’s Communications Officer for the North, observes how Artsmark keeps history alive for children in the Potteries

Jack-All Productions

This Trustees Week we find out what inspired Hayden Taylor to become a school governor at Admiral Lord Nelson School (TES Creative School of the Year 2019) and his creative responsibilities.

Senacre Wood Primary

Year 6 pupils, Kyle and Cadey from Senacre Wood Primary School's Arts Council, close Artsmark Celebration Week by telling us all about their Artsmark journey so far...

RicNic is a youth-arts charity which has been running since 2004, beginning life as a summer holiday project set up by a group of 16 year olds who all shared a love for musical theatre. With the use of their school hall donated by the Headteacher and a small pot of money generated by fundraising through family and friends, they staged their own production of Guys and Dolls.

Kate Brown, Director of Learning at New College Leicester, talks to us about the launch of a brand new creative arts project on how New College are tackling the national issue of knife crime.

Horfield Primary School would like to invite you to a virtual sing-a-long to celebrate World Oceans Day...

This Mental Health Awareness Week Artsmark Partner, Artis, blog about their award-winning mental health and wellbeing programme and share top tips and teaching resources.

We all know why cultural education is so important, but what makes Artsmark Partners so special and how can they help you?

Get the lowdown from ASCL's 2019 annual conference for school and college leaders.

This National Careers Week Festival Bridge discuss Creating the Future, their programme to support schools in helping students explore creative careers.

Artsmark Partner, People Express explain that size and location is no barrier to engaging with Artsmark.

Our CEO Darren Henley tells us why its important to take time to appreciate the benefits of cultural education this Artsmark Celebration Week.

Formby High School, winners of Tes' Creative School of the Year, talk Gold Arts Award and how it's contributed to a vibrant creative faculty, providing students the opportunity to work as artists.

Emma Marshall, Deputy Principal of Havelock Academy, explains why they are in it for the long run!

Find out how Youth Offending Teams can engage with arts and culture through Artsmark.

Deborah May from creative writing charity First Story, an Artsmark Partner, tells us how their programmes can help you put creative writing at the heart of your Artsmark adventure...


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

It's vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.

Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Culture, Media and Sport