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.
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 John Hansard Gallery to develop a digital engagement programme in conjunction with the Arts Award.
Arts Award Supporter Offer
At the John Hansard Gallery, we believe that contemporary art offers immense scope for learning and can reveal new perspectives on the world, and ourselves. Our education programme embeds core parts of the Arts Award within our work with schools, by providing opportunities in which young people can:
• Take part in the arts – participating in practical, artist-led workshops. We offer workshops tailored for schools and activities that young people can take part in during the holidays.
• Be the audience – interactive exhibition talks and tours.
• Arts inspiration – opportunities to find out more about artists through an extended talk and tour activity. Young people can also do this independently by accessing information about artists online via our artist interviews resource on you tube. Alternatively, they can visit us and utilise the resources available in the Gallery.
• Share a skill – sharing new skills they have learned as part of a workshop within an extended plenary.
• Form a view – opportunities for young people to present and/or communicate their view about an arts/cultural issue as part of a discussion workshop.
• Arts Leadership – we provide bespoke opportunities for young people to develop their leadership and project management skills through the Creative Employment Programme and/or work shadowing days and careers talks/days.
In addition we can further support and enhance your Arts Award work by offering:
Discover in a Day – these one-day workshops can either provide young people with their first introduction to Arts Award and/or enhance their portfolio work on other levels (for e.g, Explore, Bronze and Silver).
Explore/Bronze in a Day Taster workshops – kick starting young people’s Explore or Bronze Art Award portfolio’s by taking part in a practical workshop which also reviews an exhibition.
Arts Award Hub days – during the summer holidays we are running free Arts Award open days for young people working towards their Arts Award across all levels, to work with JHG Arts Award Advisors and extend their portfolios.
By developing a relationship with the Gallery, through these supporter offers we can become a key partner in your Artsmark application.
Arts Award with Schools
E Book Show/£10,000 Extending Digital Practice Award
In 2013 we were delighted to be 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 of 2013, we worked 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 enabled young people to explore digital image making. Embedding the Bronze Arts Award, the programme aimed to support schools teaching GCSE Photography. The lead cluster/Teaching School, Hounsdown School, is now developing an Arts Award programme alongside its new GCSE Photography.
“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. "
Further information: www.artswork.org.uk