Arts Award

Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification for young people aged between 5 and 25.  Arts Award can be based around any arts or media activity, and can be completed it in a wide variety of settings – like youth clubs, arts centres, schools, colleges, theatres or community groups.

We are committed to providing arts education to ensure young people push themselves and really engage with the arts. We can support all levels of Arts Award for part or all of an award, working in collaboration to develop and deliver a project that is relevant and inspiring. There are five levels of Arts Award suitable for ages 5 to 25, four of which are on the Regulated Qualifications Framework, (Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold).

Members of National Glass Centre and Arts Centre Washington staff are trained advisers at all levels, both venues are an Arts Award Supporter and National Glass Centre is a registered Arts Award Centre.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England.

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  • Arts Award options at Arts Centre Washington

    Arts Centre Washington offers a number of ways for young people to take part in the arts, including drama, music, visual arts, dance and media.

    Enjoying and Appreciating
    We can offer Venue tours, gallery talks and opportunities to meet the artists.  Discounted tickets for selected events and performances can be offered to Arts Award students.

    Contact [email protected] for details

    Leadership / apprenticeships
    Work PlacementsEach year the arts centre provides work experience placements for students. Priority is given to Arts Award students.

    Contact [email protected] for more details

    The arts centre has a volunteer programme and now has volunteers at most of its live events.

    Please contact Sue Moore on 0191 561 3455 or [email protected]for details on volunteering.

    Meeting Arts Professionals
    Opportunities are regularly available for young people to meet arts professionals. Including musicians, actors, dancers, authors and curators. Our events often include pre or post-show discussions with professional composers, actors, dancers or directors, which would be open to Arts Award students.

    Contact [email protected] for more details

    Showcasing Your Work
    The Youth Arts Exhibition is part of the city’s highly acclaimed Young Achievers Awards which is now in its 17th year.  Young people aged 11 to 20 are invited to submit their artwork. Past exhibitions have received a massive response including paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and film.

    The centre is also a hub for other community youth arts projects who are able to hire our performance spaces.

    Contact [email protected] for more details

  • Arts Award options at National Glass Centre

    Creative workshops to fulfil Arts Award across different levels are as follows:

    Gallery Glass / Compare Contrast Create / Glass Cutting and Fusing / Screen printing on Glass (complete award for all workshops)

    Three day Explore with either Glass Cutting and Fusing, or Screen Printing on Glass. These workshops take place at school and at National Glass Centre on non-consecutive days (complete award)

    • Glass Cutting and Fusing / Screen printing on Glass (One day workshop – part A)
    • Gallery Glass / Compare Contrast Create (One day workshop – part B)

    Glass Cutting and Fusing / Screen printing on Glass (One day workshop – part A)

    Gallery Glass / Compare Contrast Create (part B)

    Gallery Glass / Compare Contrast Create / Glass Cutting and Fusing / Screen printing on Glass (unit 1 part C)

    Volunteering and work placement opportunities (unit 1 part B)

    Contact [email protected] for further details.

    To find out more about National Glass Centre workshops click here.

  • Arts Award options at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

    NGCA is an Arts Award Centre & Supporter, meaning we can deliver and moderate; Arts Award Discover & Explore and also support young people who are working towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards. If you’ve already started an Arts Award, getting involved with activities and events at NGCA could contribute towards it.

    Here are a few examples:

    • Creative projects: attend one of our artist led workshops with your school or group. This will be an opportunity to work with a professional artist to develop and extend your skills and explore new artforms. Ideal for Discover, Explore or Bronze Awards Part A: ‘Take part in the Arts.’

    • Exhibitions: attend and review an exhibition at the NGCA. Ideal for Bronze Award: Part B, ‘Attend and review an arts event’ or Silver Award: Unit 1 Part C, ‘Experience and review an arts event’.

    • Tours: Have a behind the scenes tour, meet and interview staff from across the organisation including front of house, technical, curatorial and learning staff.  Ideal for Silver Award : Part C, ‘Research arts careers’ and Gold Award: Part B, ‘Research the wider arts sector’.

    Contact [email protected] for further details.

  • Online Arts Award

    We’re very excited to now be able to offer a digital Discover Arts Award!

    Sunderland Culture will be running a digital 6 week Discover Arts Award. Over 6 weeks, starting on the 25 May, participants will do fun activities, find out about some of the artists we work with, discover new things about our venues and share their journey with others. At the end you will gain an Award and certificate!

    Find out everything you need to know here.

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