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Arts Award Supporter

The Spark offers many fantastic opportunities for children and young people to explore the richness and diversity of art and culture. Working with us is an easy way for schools to kick start their engagement with the two Arts Award qualifications for beginners.

Discover and Explore programmes are fun, flexible and self-assessed by your school's Arts Award Adviser, or by one of The Spark's Advisers. The Festival offers a fantastic opportunity for some children to take the first steps with Discover, by seeing a Spark show in their school and writing about it. In addition we offer Arts Award as part of many of the school projects we do, and encourage our Creative Champions to take Bronze, Silver and Gold or eventually train as an Adviser.

The Spark is a registered Arts Award Centre. To find out how we can support your school or group please email

Artsmark Partnership

Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.

The Spark is proud to be supporting schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience, and participate in great arts and culture.

We offer education settings who are working towards, or currently hold an Artsmark Award, with a range of opportunities.

How we can support your Artsmark Journey.

Through a multitude of cultural education based projects, and as leaders of the local Cultural Education Partnership, The Spark aligns its activity with the Artsmark Framework during all planning and evaluation phases, ensuring a high quality in depth learning that pushes boundaries.

Activity can range from teacher CPD to ten-week artist led projects, here is an overview of opportunities:

  • Arts Ambassador Scheme - Pupil Voice
  • Spark Festival Show at your School
  • Artist in residence (poet, musician, makers)Cultural Education CPD for teachers and educators
  • Multi art form including poetry, drama, music and craft
  • Cross curricular working to enable creativity across the school
  • Experts in evidencing impact and measuring success
  • Costs: Varied and project based from £300 - £3000
  • Arts Award Supporters and Advisers
  • Silver, Gold and Platinum Level
  • Ages 0 – 13

For more information and a conversation about working in partnership please contact

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