Arts Award on Voice has lots of tools to help you create your Arts Award portfolio. You can find out about events and opportunities, share your blogs, reviews, videos or interviews and get feedback on your ideas. Using Voice to host your portfolio work immediately counts as sharing your work with an audience as people from across the Voice community can read and comment their feedback on your pieces! Register now
How to use Voice to make your Arts Award portfolio collection
Write a blog or make a vlog
Blogs are opinion pieces and are 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. If you want to write about a big arts issue, this is the place!
There are many units of Arts Award that involve you writing blogs, for example, Bronze Part D 'arts skills share' or Gold Unit 1D, 'form and communicate a view'. For ideas of what to blog about for each Arts Award level, head over to the Bronze, Silver or Gold hubs.
Check out these tips from Rants N Bants about forming an opinion:
Write a review
You can write a review of any arts activity, film release, book, art exhibition, video game, you name it, as part of your Arts Award portfolio! A good review is around 200-400 words, or you could even try a video review.
A key part of Arts Award is gaining cultural experiences: from visiting theatres, galleries or other live events, watching films, appraising digital creativity, reading a book or even browsing the digital collection of a museum. Share your review on Voice and add it to your portfolio collection. There are various different parts of Arts Award that you need to write reviews for - Bronze Part B, Silver Unit 1C and Gold Unit 1C.
Here are some tips from Luke for writing a good review:
Create a portfolio collection and share it with your moderator
Using Voice helps you to gather your Arts Award portfolio materials in one place, and you can easily add items into a portfolio collection for Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award. Here's a quick guide on how to do that
If you only want to share your collection with your adviser (and maybe your Arts Award group), just tick the box that says 'only show on my profile & portfolio' then give out the link, such as https://www.voicemag.uk/users-portfolio/JoeBloggs/silver
Research artists and practitioners
Conducted by our wonderful team of young Voice Reporters, you can find interviews and articles about all sorts of jobs and arts organisations. Want My Job interviews can help you research artists and What Goes On At? are exclusive behind the scenes look of arts organisations.
These interviews will help get you through Gold Unit 1 Parts B and C, Silver Unit 1 Part D, Bronze Part C, Explore Part B and Discover Parts A & B. Head over to the Bronze, Silver or Gold hubs for more inspiration and guidance with your Arts Award.
Check out this guide from Joanna Bailey for tips on researching arts practitioners:
Find events and opportunities
So you have a place to post your reviews, now you need things to review! Head over to Voice Listings for all events and opportunities such as workshops, performances and training. Or take a look at what's on offer near where you live in Voice Local
Once you've registered you'll also get our mailings with news and opportunities from us and our partners plus access to the Arts Award Voice Community Hub
So, which parts of your Arts Award portfolio might you find events & opportunities useful for? Gold Unit 1 Parts C and B, Silver Unit 1 Part C, Bronze Parts A & B, and Explore and Discover Part A.
Here's a guide from Nici to help you find work placements and opportunities:
Arts Award Hubs
Get more inspiration and find out exactly what to do to achieve your Arts Award. Register on Voice to use our hubs for Gold, Silver & Bronze Arts Awards - we'll talk you through each part, give examples and links to useful tools.
Last but not least, make use of our how-to-guides to find practical advice for both Arts Award and leading a creative career.
Find Arts Award digital portfolios
Check out these digital portfolios for inspirations and ideas of other places online you can build yours.