Coronavirus update

Last updated: Monday 18 May 2020

We understand that current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 mean that you are facing huge uncertainty and challenge within your schools. We want to assure you that you have our full support during this unprecedented time. 

Due to the current circumstances we have temporarily closed new registrations and re-registrations to Artsmark. We hope to be able to reopen these as soon as possible.

We have also granted a nine-month extension to all settings who have already submitted their Statement of Commitment. The extension acknowledges both the time lost to school closure, as well as the time your setting may need to readjust once schools reopen

For awarded settings, whose Artsmark award is due to expire before December 2020, we are extending your current award to 1 January 2021. This is to acknowledge that you have not been able to re-register in order to maintain engagement with Artsmark during this period.   

All settings who are eligible for either the Statement of Impact extension or award extension have been contacted. If you have not been contacted but you think this applies to you, please read our FAQs and contact us if you have further questions.

We're working hard to find new ways to support our Artsmark family during this unusual time. We will be keeping this page up to date with the latest developments, so please check back here for further details about the programme.  For more information please read our FAQs.

We value the importance of creativity for children which needs to be nurtured now more than ever. Below you’ll find several fantastic free, online resources for teachers, parents and carers to stay creative at home. For more ideas be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook where we share our favourites!


Resources to stay creative in lockdown

  • Arts Council England are supporting BBC Learning to deliver daily lessons for Year 1 through to Year 10. Lessons have been created with teachers and educational experts and include English, Maths and Science alongside Wellbeing, Music and Art and Design. With 150 new lessons each week it’s a great resource for both parents and teachers alike. Visit BBC Bitesize to discover more.


  • Tate Kids is jam-packed with creative ideas and educational resources – all free to download and explore. There’s even an online gallery you can submit your work to for any budding Picasso’s out there!


  • UK based charity, Mindfulness in Schools, are hosting daily drop in mindfulness sessions for children and adults to help us take a daily pause and look after our mental health.


  • One of our Artsmark Partners, Crafts Council, have created Craft for Home School, a series of hands-on making activities for Early Years up to Key Stage 5. The activities require minimal resources to keep children and young people making at home whatever their circumstances. They also have fantastic resources for teachers to support their efforts to teach Art and Design at a distance.


  • Lastly, authors, Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts, have created Coronavirus: a book for children, a free, downloadable picture book to help adults explain coronavirus and the actions being taken to help slow the spread. A great resource for younger children who are struggling to understand what’s happening.



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