About Artsmark

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

An award designed 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.

Artsmark 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 14 (2013/14), Round 14 extended (2014/15) and in the academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17 is 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.

How long will the process take? 

The whole Artsmark process can take four years.

From registration to submitting your first formal document, your Statement of Commitment, usually takes two academic terms. From here you have up to two years to develop and evaluate your provision and submit a Case Study, your second formal document. Artsmark then take approximately one academic term to process and level both your documents. When you are awarded you can keep your Artsmark level for two years. You can re-register and work towards your next award at any point after being awarded an Artsmark level. There are termly submission deadlines for Case Studies to go forward for levelling. Check the dates with your local delivery partner. 

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 so important 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 childhoods.

Artsmark does fantastic work in school across the country, bringing high quality arts and culture into the classroom.

Matt Hancock
Minister of State for Digital and Culture
Department for Culture, Media and Sport