Artsmark blog

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Over the summer we’ve been reflecting on all the great things we achieved last year and wanted to say a big THANK YOU to our Artsmark community for helping us get to where we are today.

Are you sitting comfortably? Preferably enjoying an ice-cold drink as our summer heatwave continues… Here’s a look back at our key moments from the last academic year…

Artsmark Celebration Week: what a start to the year!

Prior's Court School

Artsmark is enabling schools to embrace the arts as a means of helping pupils to express themselves and interact more closely with their peers.

When Mandy Barrett joined Gomersal Primary School in West Yorkshire four years ago, the specialist art teacher inherited a huge art room and a headteacher who wanted to make the most of it.

"It’s a very relaxed space," says Barrett, describing the room. "The work that children do in here isn’t marked, so there are no judgements and there is no criticism. It’s a place they can come to and just be themselves."

Photo © National Theatre

National Theatre blog about supporting primary schools to create outstanding theatre through 'Let’s Play'

One Dance UK explain how dance in primary schools can benefit from PE & Sport Premium..

One Dance UK explain how dance in primary schools can benefit from PE & Sport Premium

Arts Council England’s Chief Executive Officer’s special message for our Artsmark Schools

Learn how Artsmark can bring art & cultural education to life in your school

Catch a sneak peek of our ‘Bringing art & culture to life in your school’ film

Help the Arts Council celebrate its seventieth birthday with these fun and affordable activities

Read how Hull City of Culture Team is championing the arts through Artsmark

Althea Efunshile, Deputy Chief Executive at Arts Council England writes on how to ensure the arts are kept high on the agenda

Coralie Bickford-Smith blogs about why art & cultural education is so important to her

Our new suite of certificates & plaques are here! Read more about our joint work with Coralie Bickford-Smith

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council blogs about the importance of art & cultural education

Teacher Ryan McClelland shares his top tips for success

Dame Reena Keeble tells us how the arts can help the educational sector thrive

Philip Wells, Director at DesignBox Architecture explains why the arts and EBacc subjects can work together

Corrie Primary School, talks to us about how two inspiring arts and poetry projects helped them achieve Artsmark Gold

Rosie Gill, a Year 9 student at Ballard School, is one of the youngest people to achieve Distinction as an associate of the Royal School of Music and Trinity Music College.

Into Film’s CEO, Paul Reeve blogs about how film can support cultural learning


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 so important 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 childhoods.

Artsmark does fantastic work in school across the country, bringing high quality arts and culture into the classroom.

Matt Hancock
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Department for Culture, Media and Sport