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Arts Award

Arts Award Taster Day, John Hansard Gallery. Photo: Kasey McMaster

We work closely with socially excluded young people, schools and individuals to deliver the Arts Award in many different ways. This includes supporting students from Inclusion Units to engage with the arts on a weekly basis as they work towards their Bronze Art Award. The Gallery has also provided one-day Bronze Award taster sessions for gifted and talented students, and those involved in the University of Southampton’s Widening Participation programme. An archive of past Arts Award projects will be published here soon.

What is the Arts Award?

Arts Award supports young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and to achieve a national qualification.

Through Arts Award at five levels, children and young people aged 7-25 can explore any art forms including performing arts, visual arts, literature, media and multimedia. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities, and prepares them for further education or employment.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England, working with 10 regional Bridge organisations. Our Bridge organisation is Artswork, Southampton, who recently awarded £10,000 to the John Hansard Gallery to develop a digital engagement programme in conjunction with the Arts Award:

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E Book Show/ £10,000 Extending Digital Practice Award

We are delighted to have been awarded £10,000 to develop education work alongside our off-site exhibition E Book Show through Artswork’s ‘Extending Digital Practice’ programme. During February and March 2013 we will work in partnership with image-maker Kristianne Drake and Southampton Solent University to develop an action research programme with a cluster of Teaching Schools and Alliance Schools in Southampton that will enable young people to explore digital image making. Embedding the Bronze Arts Award, the programme aims to support schools teaching GCSE Photography. The lead cluster/Teaching School, Hounsdown School, is developing an Arts Award programme alongside its new GCSE Photography in the 2013/2014 academic year.

Artswork comments:
“Artswork is delighted to announce investment in the two successful Extending Digital Practice programmes, each receiving
£10,000 from the South East Bridge. These programmes see cultural organisations and clusters of schools benefiting from the opportunities digital technology has to offer and researching and developing new ways of working together. “
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