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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 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.



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 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.



Schools and education settings should start by completing the online registration form. You can register at any time.

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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 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.



No. Arts Award is a range of qualifications that support young people up to 25 years to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. Artsmark awards the whole school for their arts provision. 

The Artsmark website holds lots of information about the award. Use the search bar in the top left corner to find out more, or get in touch with Arts Council England at


Registration confirmation email:

This is sent within five working days to the email address provided at registration. Contact Arts Council England if more than five working days have passed:

Development Day invitation:

This is sent by email within 10 working days of the Registration confirmation email. Settings should contact their Bridge organisation if more than 10 working days have passed.

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.


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 Arts Council England with any updates to contact details:


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.

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