Frequently asked questions
Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education. Artsmark is awarded at three levels; Silver, Gold and Platinum. Find out how Artsmark works.
Artsmark is open to primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and sixth form colleges. Take a look at schools education settings who are on their Artsmark journey.
The Artsmark fee is £500 (£250 for small settings with under 100 pupils) which includes CPD training, access to support, resources and a large network of education settings and arts and cultural organisations.
Artsmark is flexible to the needs of individual settings and can fit around their planning cycles. Most settings take up to two years to complete their Artsmark journey. All Artsmark Awards are valid for two years. Find out more about how Artsmark works.
For schools and education settings, Artsmark’s clear and flexible framework can be used to embed creativity across the whole curriculum and address school improvement priorities, helping to build young people’s confidence, character and resilience. Find out more about Artsmark. For artists or arts and cultural organisations, the Artsmark Partnership Programme is Arts Council England’s endorsed network that support education settings on their Artsmark journey to
Two members of staff must attend, one of whom must hold a senior leadership position within the setting. A supportive senior leadership team is important to enabling a successful Artsmark journey.
A Statement of Commitment or Statement of Impact should be submitted by email to Arts Council England at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions are processed and responded to within five working days.
Bridge organisations can support settings to write their submissions, get in touch with them before submitting to Arts Council England.
All settings are advised to submit their Statement of Commitment within three months of attending their Development Day. This is not a set deadline, but an advised submission timeframe. Settings who are planning to submit their Statement of Commitment more than six months after the Development Day should contact Arts Council England at email@example.com
A Statement of Impact (formerly Case Study) must be submitted within two years of a Statement of Commitment. This is a hard deadline that must be met by all settings. Individual deadlines are given in the Statement of Commitment acceptance email. Settings who are struggling to meet this deadline should contact Arts Council England at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
All awards are announced by email no later than the end of the next academic term after a Statement of Impact (formerly Case Study) is accepted.