How Artsmark works

Artsmark is open to primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and sixth form colleges.

Use Artsmark’s clear and flexible framework to embed creativity across the whole curriculum and to address school improvement priorities.

How Artsmark works:

  1. Register online and complete the Artsmark Self-Assessment
  2. Two members of staff attend a Development Day
  3. Write and submit a Statement of Commitment
  4. Deliver, develop and evaluate your goals
  5. Write and submit a Statement of Impact
  6. Receive your Artsmark Award and start celebrating!
  7. Re-register for your next Artsmark journey

Artsmark is flexible to the needs of individual settings and can fit around their planning cycles. Most settings take up to two years to complete their Artsmark journey.

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Key milestones in the Artsmark journey:

The Self-Assessment framework breaks down the Artsmark award criteria against the three Artsmark levels: Silver, Gold and Platinum. With colleagues and senior leaders, you should undertake an audit of your current arts and cultural provision, using the Self-Assessment framework as a guide. Bring this to your Development Day.

Development Day
This informative training day will set you off on your Artsmark journey. Two members of staff, one of which is a senior leader, must attend. You will receive training that supports the planning, delivery and evaluation of your Artsmark journey, including how to write your Statement of Commitment and Statement of Impact.

Statement of Commitment
The Statement of Commitment marks the start of your journey. It is a forward-thinking planning document that sets out the goals and ambitions for your Artsmark journey. This document will be used, alongside your Statement of Impact, to assess your application and award your Artsmark level.

Statement of Impact
The Statement of Impact is a point of reflection and evaluation which should be written up to two years after your Statement of Commitment. It should provide evidence of the impact of your achievements and discuss what you have learnt through your Artsmark journey. It will be used to assess your application and award your Artsmark level.

Submit your application:

Your Bridge organisation can support you to write your Statement of Commitment and Statement of Impact. Get in touch with them before you submit your final version to Arts Council England.

All submissions should be sent to Arts Council England via email

We will confirm receipt within five working days.


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