Arts Award

Arts Award is a series of national arts qualifications that can fit around a wide range of arts, cultural and heritage activities and projects. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible.

There are several different levels of Arts Award; from Discover and Explore, to Bronze, Silver and Gold level.

As part of the Lift the Lid project there will be resources developed to help more Island schools and young people achieve their Arts Award. This will focus on either Explore or Bronze Levels.

Schools or groups who sign up as a Lift the Lid Arts Award School/Group will be offered:

  • FREE artist-led workshop (booked with the Project Manager)
  • FREE teacher-led activities or follow-up activities (online)
  • FREE artist-led Arts Award support sessions for children (at Quay Arts) – Lift the Lid Arts Club
  • FREE moderation of Arts Award portfolios
  • FREE certificates for each young person who achieves Arts Award

This would be a saving of around £1000 for a class of 30 pupils*

More general information on Arts Award can be found at:

If you would like to sign up as an Arts Award School or Group (for example Brownies, Scouts, youth club, etc), please contact Lift the Lid Project Manager, Sarah Girling to discuss your needs.

Sessions will be led by DBS registered, Arts Award trained artists Ian Whitmore and Hannah George. Other artists will be suggested.

* Figure based on site workshops charged at around £150, artist-led workshops charged at £250, moderation and certificates at Explore level £375 or at Bronze level £690

If you would like this information as a printable PDF please click here.

Arts Award Explore Portfolio

To help you deliver Arts Award at Explore level, Lift the Lid artist Hannah George has designed a bespoke Isle of Wight focused Arts Award Explore portfolio template. Teachers and group leaders can use this photocopiable document to help them run Arts Award Explore, and produce portfolios with children.

You could:

  • Stick pages into a sketch book
  • Slip pages into a display book
  • Bind the pages together to make a bespoke portfolio
  • Add as many pages as you like

Click here to download your Lift the Lid Explore Portfolio.

Click on the images below to see our Arts Award activities linked to sites on the Isle of Wight.

Click here to see some information and activity sheets which support Arts Award activity at Quay Arts.


Find out more about our Lift the Lid Art Club.


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Armistice Day Arts Award activities based at Carisbrooke Castle Museum


Click here for an Arts Award activity sheet linked to the Ventnor Giant mural by Phlegm.


Arts Award activities at Fort Victoria.


Find Arts Award support activities for the Classic Boat Museum here.


Click here for Arts Award activities for Brading Roman Villa


Find out more about Arts Award Explore level activities at Newport Roman Villa here.
Click here for Arts Award activity ideas related to the Shipwreck Centre and Maritime Museum
Find out more about The New Carnival Company’s work with Arts Award and Artsmark

Arts Award – Classic Boat Museum

The Classic Boat Museum has a wealth of beautiful yachts in its collection in Cowes, and tells the story of maritime history at East Cowes. Here is an activity sheet supporting Arts Award at the Classic Boat Museum. School information can be found on the website.

Arts Award – Quay Arts

This page is being updated so some links are not ready yet. The following links will take you to PDF documents: Lift the Lid on Quay Arts Sue Paraskeva’s Sunburst information and activity sheet Quay Arts: Explore Arts Award activities Quay Arts: Bronze Arts Award activities If you are a teacher and you would like… Continue reading Arts Award – Quay Arts

Arts Award – Archaeology Discovery Centre at Fort Victoria

The Archaeology Discovery Centre, Fort Victoria is now offering a range of “hands on history” workshops for schools and groups on their Arts Award journey. Download the Arts Award friendly activity sheet here. Call 761214 or email for further information.

Arts Award – Newport Roman Villa

Are you looking for activities to support Arts Award during or after a visit to Newport Roman Villa? Here is the activity and advice sheet to support Explore Arts Award at Newport Roman Villa. And here is a child friendly version of the Newport Roman Villa activity sheet.