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Children and young people

Our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts. See more

Arts Award is a unique national qualification that helps young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops their creativity, leadership and communication skills. It is open to anyone up to the age of 25 and embraces all interests and backgrounds. Through Arts Award young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment. The award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional Bridge organisations. 

Arts Award offers young people an inspiring arts journey. Each path can take a different direction; from fashion to film-making, dance to design and photography to poetry. Whichever route they choose to follow, young people are always in the driving seat. 

Since its launch in 2005, the award has grown quickly and is now flourishing in arts centres, colleges and schools, community projects, libraries, galleries, local authorities, theatres, youth clubs and youth justice settings.

Audio podcasts

State of the Arts 2012 conference in 30 minutes (by Arts Council England)

Hosted by journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark and featuring discussion and debate with leading figures from the government and arts sector. This podcast features highlights from the day long conference.