Why Artsmark?

Every young person should have the opportunity to be creative, and to experience and participate in arts and culture.

That’s why we created Artsmark, to support education settings to bring learning to life through arts, culture and creativity.

Here’s why you should join our community:

  1. Build young people’s confidence, character and resilience through creativity
  2. Support the health and wellbeing of pupils through arts and culture
  3. Strengthen pupil voice and develop young people’s leadership skills through Artsmark
  4. Use Artsmark’s clear and flexible framework to embed creativity across your whole curriculum and address school improvement priorities
  5. Access professional support, advice and resources to strengthen your arts provision
  6. Celebrate your long-term commitment to cultural education with pupils, parents and your local community
  7. Develop new partnerships with the country’s most treasured cultural organisations, providing young people with exciting opportunities

Artsmark and Ofsted:

  • Meet Ofsted’s requirements for Quality of Education by using the Artsmark framework to maintain a broad and ambitious curriculum that connects learning across all subjects
  • Equip pupils with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life and nurture their imagination and creativity through a high-quality arts and cultural education
  • Artsmark clearly demonstrates how you support personal development and provides evidence to Ofsted on how you meet its spiritual, moral, social, cultural requirements

Find out more about how Artsmark works.  


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