Become an Arts Award Activist

Become part of the team that influences Arts Award development and helps more young people achieve their awards!

We are growing our group of talented and committed young people with experience of Arts Award who act as ambassadors for the programme. There will be up to seven activists across the country, all bringing their own experiences and skills from October 2016 to September 2017! Apply by 10 September!

Who are we looking for?

Young people aged 16-25 across the UK with an interest in:

  • advocating arts, culture and Arts Award online
  • developing youth facing events & materials
  • helping Arts Award to reach more young people, developing skills in communication, consultation and representing the views of others
  • meeting new people from different parts of the UK

Anyone interested must either hold or be working towards a Gold Arts Award.

What will we be doing?

Your commitment:

  • Attend three training weekends to develop your skills as an Arts Award ambassador
  • Allocate a few hours a month to online activity
  • Attend 6 live events, including occasional full days at events or conferences.
  • Work with us for a year (up to September 2017). We hope you'll want to stay longer - the more experienced you become, the more opportunities we can offer.

Benefits for you!

  • You'll get experience of working on a national team (great for your CV)
  • We train you to communicate effectively and you get opportunities to build your skills
  • You get free entry to events and a chance to meet and interview artists
  • You can apply to join our festivals programme (including ones like Brighton & Edinburgh Fringe)
  • You get to work with a lovely group of young people you wouldn't otherwise meet – and have a lot of fun

What does it cost?

We do not charge young people to attend our training or other opportunities. We ask you to commit to helping at events, consulting young people & getting involved instead. It's a case of using some of your time to learn new skills, make connections and also help us reach more young people to support them to engage in the arts.

We cover the cost of your train (or similar) travel to most training and events and we usually book trains in advance so you rarely need to reclaim fares. We also pay for any accommodation needed and we feed you. Money will never be a barrier for you joining us, so please don't worry.


We need to receive your application by 12pm, 10th September at the latest and we will arrange an interview by phone or Skype. We allocate spaces based on region & art form on a continuous basis through the summer - so get your application in quick.

NB You must be available to attend a training residential all day on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th October in March, Cambridgeshire. This will include an overnight stay in twin rooms sharing with someone of the same gender.

How to apply

Simply fill out our online survey.

More Information

You can download our role brief, pass it to friends or young people you work with who might be interested. You can also get in touch with our project manager Emrys on 07905 253099 or

If you'd also like to focus your involvement on training as a journalist then you might consider becoming a Voice Reporter.