About Artsmark

Artsmark award celebrates schools that champion the arts and strive for excellence in their provision.  

The award has been redesigned for the 2015/16 academic year by schools for schools to make it more relevant to the changing educational landscape and, as such, it seeks to help schools strike a balance in meeting EBACC and STEM priorities.

As well as recognising schools that make the arts come alive, the Artsmark award is a useful, practical and valuable tool for enriching a school’s arts provision and ensuring the myriad of benefits brought by the arts are infused across the curriculum and the school community.  It provides schools with access to high quality and practical resources and enviable networks that will enable them to use the arts to inspire learning and harness the power of the arts in developing happy, successful and confident young people.

The new Artsmark award is now open to applications. It has a common sense application process that is light on paperwork and flexible to how each school is run. Find out more about how Artsmark works.  

Any educational setting can apply for Artsmark. Find out more about who can apply and which settings Artsmark is not applicable to.

Schools and educational settings that hold an Artsmark award from Round 13 (2012/13), Round 14 (2013/14), Round 14 extended (2014/15) and in 2015/16 is also available as a PDF or as an Excel spreadsheet. The information listed was correct for organisations at the time of achieving Artsmark award.

Artsmark supports Arts Award which recognises the creative development of individual young people.


Artsmark update June 2015

Artsmark Award: Inspiring learning through the arts

Artsmark update March 2015

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Art and culture play an important role as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, helping children and young people to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them as well as character and talent.

The new Artsmark, designed with and for schools, is a great resource to recognise and support the development of quality arts and cultural provision in schools, helping young people to unlock their potential regardless of their background.

Nicky Morgan
Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

A quality cultural education can have a huge impact on young people, from inspiring future careers to helping develop their creativity in other subjects.

The new Artsmark award, which has been designed with and for schools, is a great way to celebrate the importance of teaching arts and culture so that children from all backgrounds can reap the benefits.

Ed Vaizey
Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

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