Arts Award KIT

Keeping In Touch with Arts Award Achievers

Some Alumni

Cat SercombeHello and a warm welcome to our very first Arts Award alumni newsletter.  

We’re excited that you’re keeping in touch after completing your Arts Award and we look forward to hearing about what you’re currently up to, whether that’s participating in local arts activities, doing another Arts Award, going to uni, starting your own business or forging your career as an artist.  

We hope to help you make those first steps into the arts world and beyond, by providing you with news from the cultural sector, tips from industry professionals and offers and events that will help you stay in the know!

We want to hear from you so and this is a great place for us to profile what you’re up to, so if you’re doing something great in the arts, then let us know!

Cat Sercombe, Head of Arts Award

Update your profile now!

We’re so glad you’ve joined the Arts Award Alumni network. We’re a collection of Arts Award achievers from the past 12+ years and we want to share what we’re doing and also gain benefits for network members.  Look out for new offers throughout the year in our Arts Award Voice Community section of the website. We have one big ask - each year we’ll prompt you to take 5 mins to update your Voice profile so we know what you’re doing (please…!)

Want to jump right in to something for you? This is what we’ve got coming up:

Find out what alumni are up to now   |   What’s on offer for alumni   |   What’s Arts Award doing now?

How to take your next steps   |   Get advice from professionals   |   Networking opportunities


Where Are They Now?

What are some of our Arts Award Alumni up to now?  Many are making their way in creative careers and we profile them in our  ‘Where Are They Now?’ page. Check out these four young creatives to find out what happened after Arts Award;

Dan Dunbar ProfileLizzy Whynes Profile
Charlotte White profileTom Inniss profile


What’s on offer for Alumni?

We want to secure useful benefits and support for young people who’ve done an Arts Award

A big thank you to everyone who has been involved in the past two years shaping this offer – please keep your suggestions coming to alumni@artsawardvoice.com

We have developed a host of online support for you – see below – and we’re busy getting discounts to ease your pocket! Sign up for benefits with BenefitsLite or take advantage of these offers at the Arts Award Voice Community hub.

10% off Theatre Tokens | 15% off Arts Award Adviser training | 10% off The Stage subscriptions


What’s Arts Award doing now?

Well, in 2017 Trinity made around 72,000 awards and there have now been over 356,000 awards achieved in total! So Arts Award is growing and here to stay.  The Arts Award Impact Study tracked young people over four years and showed a real impact on their confidence and subsequent career paths. There’s a nice summary on theArts Award main website.  We always knew Arts Award works wonders!  

In 2012, two new levels were added to Bronze, Silver and Gold, so now Arts Award is available to anyone aged 0-25.  Arts Award Discover is an introductory certificate issued by Trinity College London and Arts Award Explore is an Entry Level 3 qualification – ideal for children and to prepare them for tackling Bronze upwards from the age of 11.

Otherwise, alumni from a decade ago would still recognise the Arts Award – despite a new logo and continuing improvements, including Voice magazine and a network for young creatives! It’s also great to see so many achievers going on to run Arts Award as an adviser (check out the training discount!)

Find out more about what happened in the Arts Award world in 2017 in our round up.


How-to take your next steps

Take a look at our popular guides to your Life After Arts Award in ourArts Award Voice Community hub. Here’s a few how-to’s that might help:

How to plan a project Top tips to avoid burnout How to be a self employed creative


Get advice from professionals

Voice offers you a new Arts Careers section which includes interviews and profiles of cultural organisations. 

Voice also runs a lively listings of events and opportunities across the UK.


Networking opportunities

YPIA logo.jpgThe first place to go is our Facebook group –Arts Award Voice Community. If you’d like to get together in person, then we recommend YPIA (Young People in the Arts) who hold events regularly in London and other cities around the UK.

Check out more suggestions in the Community hub.


Keep us up to date

This is our BIG ASK - please keep your profile on Voice up to date as this is the only way we know what Arts Award achievers are doing.  Each year we’ll remind you to update a few simple questions.  Just edit your profile. They include:

  • Your current work/education status
  • Which sector you’re working/studying in
  • Your job title
  • Your dream job
  • What you found most useful in your Arts Award experience

There’s also a question asking if you’d like us to profile you. Do drop us a line on alumni@artsawardvoice.com and let us know what you’re up to.  Email us with news you want us to share or if you’re now working for an organisation that might have something to offer Arts Award achievers.