Who can apply?

Artsmark is open to the following education settings in England:

  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • independent schools
  • special schools
  • pupil referral units​
  • youth offending teams
  • sixth form colleges
The educational settings below are not eligible to apply: 
  • schools outside of England unless they are British Forces posted overseas (BFPO) establishments
  • early years settings (0-5) unless they are attached to a school with Key Stage 1 pupils
  • further education colleges 
  • higher education
Find out about how Artsmark works.  



Cultural education gives children and young people the opportunity to develop their creativity, both individually and collectively, and that's why our goal is for every child and young person to have the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts.

Darren Henley
Chief Executive
Arts Council England

It's vital that children have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts and culture from an early age. It develops their creativity, inspires future careers and enriches their childhood.

Artsmark Award does brilliant work in schools and education to ensure young people access a broad and balanced curriculum that includes high-quality arts and culture.

Michael Ellis MP
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism
Department of Culture, Media and Sport