At Upstart we love Arts Award for young people and Artsmark for organisations. We believe both schemes help to develop rich arts experiences for young people.

Our team has worked with the Arts Award programme for 15 years and we currently manage all the direct support for young people through Arts Award on Voice, run the Arts Award Alumni scheme and have led many projects over the years, including the Arts Award Youth Network, the Gold Expo to celebrate Arts Award’s 10th Birthday and delivery at various festivals and events.

Our Director, Diana, is one of the folk who created Arts Award in the West Midlands, and our Business & Projects Manager, Emrys, was the first to achieve both Silver and Gold Awards over a decade ago. So our long-standing commitment to Arts Award makes us uniquely positioned to help Arts Award centres or give advice to young people.

Our offer for Arts Award centres is that we can:

  • help you to embed Arts Award into your projects
  • co-create resources for your young people to use
  • act as the Arts Award adviser for students at Gold level
  • help you develop young people as arts ambassadors and ‘peer advisers’ – getting more people involved and supporting younger students.

Contact us today for our support on [email protected]

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As an Artsmark Partner, we want to support organisations applying for or maintaining Artsmark status. We can:

  • support you to develop your Artsmark application through our consultancy service
  • signpost cultural organisations near you
  • train your staff to ensure young people’s voice is embedded in the development of cultural programmes.

Contact us today for our support on [email protected]

Have Your Say is a short video showing how Artsmark schools are supporting youth voice

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