How to use Voice for your Arts Award Portfolio

There are lots of features on Voice that can help you complete your Arts Award portfolio from posting blogs and reviews to finding arts events. 

How to use Voice for your Arts Award Portfolio

Arts Award on Voice has lots of tools to help you create your Arts Award portfolio. You can share your blogs, reviews, videos or interviews, find out about events and opportunities and get feedback on your ideas. 

Want to build a digital portfolio? Check out these digital portfolios for inspirations and ideas of other places online you can build yours. Then share your portfolio here to link it all together and get feedback from the Arts Award community! Here's how: 


How to use Voice to make your Arts Award portfolio 

Write a blog

Blogging is a great way of describing your Arts Award journey and sharing it publicly with others. Tell the story of your training or work experience and share reflections about your achievements so far.

Here are some ideas of blogs you can write at each Arts Award level: 

Gold Arts Award

  • Unit 1 Part A - Extend your own arts practice

Blog about your strengths, weaknesses and plans to develop your creative work.

  • Unit 1 Part B - Get involved in the arts world

Blog about a training day you went to, a week's work experience or another opportunity you got involved with.

  • Unit 1 Part D - Form and communicate a view

Share your opinion piece and get your friends to comment on it, whether it's written, on video or audio. 

  • Unit 2 - All parts

Share your plans and evaluations. You could even post a 'photoblog' showing what happened during your leadership project!

Silver Arts Award

  • Unit 1 Part A - Identify and plan an arts challenge

Write about your strengths, weaknesses and plans for challenging your artistic development.

  • Unit 1 Part B - Implement and review the arts challenge -

Share a photo blog of you developing your skills and reflect on your experience of the challenge. 

  • Unit 1 Part D - Arts pathways

Write about the opportunities you've found, about the workshops you've done and what you've learnt about the practitioners you've met.

  • Unit 2 - All Parts

Share your plans and evaluations. You could even post a 'photoblog' showing what happened during your leadership project!

Bronze Arts Award

  • Part A - Take part

Do a blog talking about the activity you did, what you enjoyed, learned and how your skills improved. It could be a photo blog with pictures of you doing the activity, or you can embed a video.

  • Part C - Arts inspiration

Give us a blog like the interviews we do for Want My Job? about the artist or creative practitioners you're finding out about. Remember to give a bit more detail about who they are, their career path, training and why you chose to research them.

  • Part D - Arts skills share

Post a blog with a video or pictures of you sharing your skills. Or post a 'how to' guide and ask the people you're teaching to post their feedback under your blog.

Explore

  • Part A - Inspire

Write a blog telling us about the two or more activities you've taken part in, and tell us and what inspired you. Do add photos or a videos.

  • Part B - Explore

Blog about the artist or arts organisations you're researching - tell us who you chose and what you found out.

  • Part D - Present

Use a blog or vlog to share your arts exploration with others. What have you enjoyed doing? What have you learnt? Ask people to post comments under your blog.

Discover

  • Part A - Discover

Write a blog sharing the activities you've done and the different art forms you have looked at. Add pictures or a video showing you taking part.

  • Part B - Explore

Blog about the artist and arts organisations you're researching - tell us who you chose and what you found out.

How to...vlog / How to...write an opinion piece in under 500 words

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Share a review 

We're well known for our reviews on Voice. You can't walk around Edinburgh Fringe without seeing our reviews quoted on show partners, and in 2017 we were the Youth Media Partner for Brighton Fringe Festival So we have lots of examples on our site, and some very popular guides about writing reviews.

A key part of Arts Award is gaining cultural experiences. That could be visiting theatres, galleries or other live events or venues. It could also be watching films, appraising digital creativity, reading a book or even browsing the digital collection of a museum.

You can use our reviews area to share your thoughts on these experiences. You could write the review or embed a video of you talking to camera if you prefer. Share the link with friends and they can comment on your review too. So which parts of Arts Award do you need to review for?

Gold - Unit 1 Part C

Silver - Unit 1 Part C

Bronze - Part B

Jake Orr: How to...write reviews for the web / How to...review an event / How to…review an exhibition

View Review >> / Post your own review >>


Find events and opportunities 

So you have a place to post your reviews, now you need things to review! Our events and opportunities pages offer listings of workshops, performances and training. Do take a look at what's on offer.

We also recommend that you join our site to get occasional updates from us which will include the latest opportunities from us and our partners. And for more research, being a member of the site gives you access to the Arts Award Youth Network, and our page full of useful arts websites.

So which parts of your Arts Award portfolio might you find events & opportunities useful for?

Gold - Unit 1 Parts C & B

Silver - Unit 1 Part C

Bronze - Parts A & B

Explore - Part A

Discover - Part A

View Events & Opportunities >> / Post your own event >> / Post your own opportunity >>


Find artist and practitioner interviews

Conducted by our wonderful team of young Voice Reporter, you can find interviews and articles about all sorts of jobs and arts organisations. The main interviews you'll be keen on for research are Want My Job/ (Research in to artists) and What Goes On At? (Researching organisations).

These interviews will help get you through:

Gold - Unit 1 Parts B & C

Silver - Unit 1 Part D

Bronze - Part C

Explore - Part B

Discover - Parts A & B

Read Interviews >>


Create a portfolio collection 

When you post your own content, you can mark it as your portfolio. It doesn't create your whole portfolio, but it helps you collect your content in to one place by the level of Arts Award. Here's a quick guide on how to do that...

If you would rather not get comments from our wider community you can still post content to Voice. Just tick the box that says 'only show on my profile & portfolio' to make it accessible only from your profile or portfolio page if you've also selected that. You can give a moderator the link to your specific portfolio, such as https://www.voicemag.uk/users-portfolio/JoeBloggs/silver.

Looking for more inspiration for your portfolios or more detailed help? Check out the Arts Award Hubs for Gold & Bronze Arts Awards. We talk you through each part, provide examples and links to useful tools.

Last but not least, make use of our How To Guides. They provide practical advice and help for both your Arts Award and creative careers.

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