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We announce national provider for Artsmark scheme

  • Date: 16 March 2012
  • Area: National

The Arts Council announced today that it has selected Trinity College London as the national provider for the Artsmark scheme.

The decision, which came about after an open selection process, means that Trinity College London will deliver the Artsmark programme between April 2012 and March 2015. We are committing £4.5 million to the Artsmark programme during this time.

Artsmark, the Arts Council's national programme, enables schools, further education colleges and youth justice settings to evaluate, celebrate and strengthen a quality arts offer, and supports formal education institutions to deliver rich and high quality provision.

Our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts and culture and Artsmark is a key tool to help us achieve this.

Over the next three years, Trinity College London will work with the Arts Council to increase the number of schools and other education settings in England holding an Artsmark from the current 20 per cent to 50 per cent. They will also support Arts Council England's ongoing development and delivery of Artsmark to the wider cultural sector including museums and libraries.

Trinity College London has also, since 2005, managed Arts Award - a national qualification that supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, helping them to develop as artists and arts leaders. It is open to 7-25-year-olds and managed in association with Arts Council England.

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: 'The Artsmark scheme has been instrumental in helping schools and colleges across the country deliver really high-quality arts learning and experiences and we hope to see many more schools holding the Artsmark.

'I look forward to developing our relationship with Trinity College London and I believe that the delivery of both Artsmark and Arts Award through one provider will help support a more joined up cultural education for children and young people, both in and out of school.'

Sarah Kemp, Chief Executive at Trinity College London, said: 'Trinity College London is delighted to have been successful in the selection process to be the delivery organisation for Artsmark and looks forward to working in close collaboration with Arts Council England to deliver the programme.

'We are very proud of Arts Award and the fast development of this programme over the last seven years, and we welcome the recognition of both Arts Award and Artsmark in the recent cultural education review led by Darren Henley.

'We will build on the success of Artsmark over the past 12 years to enable a whole new generation of schools and organisations to benefit from this important arts education kitemark. We look forward to working closely with the cultural and education sectors to build even more success stories together.'

Artsmark commissioned grant from the Arts Council's Strategic funds and is one way that we are is investing our strategic funding between 2012 and 2015. Strategic funding, which comes largely from our lottery income, will be used to complement our £1.04 billion investment in National portfolio organisations.

Strategic funding is being used to target key areas and seize opportunities - including investment in capital, encouraging private giving and the Creative people and places programme.

The Arts Council Plan for 2011-2015 sets out in more detail how strategic funding will be used to realise the priorities set out in Achieving great art for everyone - our ten-year strategic framework for the arts.