By completing your Gold Arts Award you will develop your knowledge and experience of the arts AND gain a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Take a look below for information about exactly what you need to do and visit the Get Inspired section for ideas to get started. 

You will: explore a new art form or practice and create new work, work alongside professionals and arts organisationsfind out about artists’ work and review arts events, investigate current issues affecting the arts, and lead an arts project which includes a public showing. 

Don’t forget to keep track of everything you’re doing by taking pictures, making a video or audio recording, or writing a blog as you go! Include these in your Arts Award portfolio so your adviser can see everything you’ve been up to. Take a look at some example Gold portfolios to get an ideas of what others have done.

It should take you around 150 hours to complete – this will be a mix of you working with your adviser and other arts professionals and some time working on your own too. Read on to find out what Gold Arts Award requires, then take a browse through the Get Inspired section for reviews, portfolios, useful how-to guides and artist profiles. And, don’t forgot to publish your own work to Arts Award Voice and share your experiences with us.

Personal Development Unit1 A&B

Unit 1  Parts A & B  

Gold Unit 1 is all about extending your own arts practice and getting involved in the world of arts. In Parts A and B, you work with another practitioner experienced in another art form and create new work influenced by working with someone else that you share with others. You then get involved hands-on with the arts world. Here's what you need to do...

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngPart A: Extend your own arts practice

This part is super exciting for the artist or practitioner in you. You’ll develop new skills and explore another art form, genre or creative practice to produce new work. You might choose to be an artist, curator, producer, work in arts administration, marketing or a technical role. You need touse your exploration of a different art form or practice to influence your creation of new workin your main artspractice andshare this work with others. 

In Part A you should: 

  • Extend your arts practice by developing new skills in another art form, genre or practice
  • Work as an artist or in a 'behind the scenes' role like arts marketing or technical theatre
  • Collaborate with someone else – a friend with specialist expertise, a more advanced practitioner or a teacher. Then produce an original piece of work which is influenced by the skills you've learned in the new arts area
  • Share the work you make with others and review the skills you’ve developed and how this has influenced your practice

Check out this video of what Alice did for the Gold Arts Award, Unit 1 Part A:

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngPart B: Get involved in the arts world 

This part requires you to research and take an active involvement in the world of the arts. What do you think will help you develop your skills? What would you like to do in the future? Find out what information and advice are available, what career opportunities there are, what training or apprenticeships might suit you and whether there are any local opportunities to help you take the next step.

In Part B you should: 

  • Find out about opportunities to develop your arts skills and think about what you want to do in the future.
  • Take part in training or volunteer at an arts organisation. Aim for at least 5 days volunteering/work placement or 2 days training.
  • Reflect on how the experiences have influenced your learning

Check out this video of what The Producers, a club at BOA for students, did for the Gold Arts Award, Unit 1 Part B: 

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngWant some ideas?

Check out this guide from Voice contributor Joanna Bailey on How to Research an Artist. Visit the Gold Resources in the Get Inspired section for more hints and tips. 

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngThe portfolio bit

Keep track of everything you’re doing by taking pictures, making a video or audio recording, or writing a blog as you go. Upload your reviews and opinions to Voice magazine to share with others and to form part of your portfolio. Check out Gold portfolios in the Get Inspired section for examples.

Mini checklist for Unit 1 Parts A & B

Make sure you include these in your portfolio: 

Part A

  • Details of your main art form/practice
  • Details of the new art form/practiceyou want to develop 
  • Your creative challenge and why you chose it
  • Who you worked with and what you learnt 
  • Evidence of the new work you created
  • A record of what you shared and how it went
  • Feedback from others 
  • A final review, includingthe new skills you have developed and how this has influenced your practice

Part B

  • Evidence of research into training and development opportunities 
  • A description of what you did and your reflection on how it supported your arts development 
  • Feedback from people you worked with/for

There are lots of free digital tools which can help you plan and manage your Gold Award.  
Download our recommendations for Unit 1 and let us know if you find a new tool we've missed!

 WORD PDF 

You can also download the 'What To Do' pages and a Portfolio Checklist from the Downloads page.

Research & Review Unit1 C&D

Unit 1  Parts C & D

In Parts C and D you research the work of arts practitioners who inspire you and review events, exhibitions or organisations. You also explore and share your views on an issue in the arts which you feel passionate about. Here's what you need to do: 

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Now is your chance to find out about artists or creative professionals by experiencing their work, meeting them and finding out more about their career paths. Use this to review as many cultural events, exhibitions or experiences as you can!

In Part C you should: 

  • Find out about more advanced practitioners in your arts practice

  • Find out about their work, their career paths and the organisations that support them

  • Review as many cultural events, exhibitions, performances or organisations as you can

These can range from venue-based performances to street art to museum exhibitions to live-streaming online

Read how Hannah Kemp-Walsh built up her work experience for her Gold while working at the Tate. 

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngPart D: Form and communicate a view

This part is about forming your own viewpoint about an issue in the arts and exploring the views of others. Discuss what you really care about and then do some research to find out more about the story behind the issue. Maybe there’s a local arts issue where you live, an aspect of the arts which you think is not taken seriously enough or groups who you feel are missing out on the arts or have no voice.

In Part D you should: 

  • Explore an issue in the arts or culture that interests you and form your own opinion. It might be a big issue or one that is very local to you

  • Research a range of views about the issue – they may be similar or different to your own!

  • Put together an argument based on your research and present your case to others. Share your opinion to find out what other people think. You could share it in a live debate, write to a newspaper, create a website or publish a blog on Voice magazine

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngWant some ideas?

Check out this video from YouTuber Rants N Bants about how to form and communicate an opinion: 

Read more Gold opinion pieces hereVisit the Gold Resources in the Get Inspired section for more hints and tips. 

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngThe portfolio bit

Keep track of everything you’re doing by taking pictures, making a video or audio recording, or writing a blog as you go. Upload your reviews and opinions to Voice magazine to share with others and to form part of your portfolio. Check out Gold portfolios in the Get Inspired section for examples.

Mini checklist for Unit 1 Parts C & D

Make sure you include these in your portfolio: 

Part C

  • Evidence of your research into arts practitioners and professionals

  • Reviews of events, exhibitions and organisations you visited

  • Notes on how this research has influenced you/your work and how you might develop your practice in the future

Part D

  • The arts issue and why you chose it

  • Research into a range of views

  • Reflections on how the research has influenced you/your views

  • Evidence and summary of your research

  • Your final argument

  • How you shared your argument

  • Feedback/responses from others

There are lots of free digital tools which can help you plan and manage your Gold Award.  
Download our recommendations for Unit 1 and let us know if you find a new tool we've missed!

 WORD PDF 

You can also download the 'What To Do' pages and a Portfolio Checklist from the Downloads page.

Plan an Arts Project Unit2 A&B

Unit 2 Parts A & B 

Gold Unit 2 is all about unleashing your inner leader. You'll take charge of running an arts project, build your skills as an effective leader and share your project with a public audience. You'll need to show where you have taken responsibility, from planning to delivery to evaluation.

A few examples of Unit 2 projects are…directing a theatre show, curating an exhibition, organising a film screening, creating a magazine or running a series of workshops in your community. Ask your Arts Award adviser how to source professional advice about health and safety, and if your project involves working with children, you must arrange to have appropriate adult support. You should also check that your project is covered by appropriate insurance.  

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You need to create a plan for your arts leadership project, which means you need to: 

  • Work out what you think are the qualities of a leader and the personal leadership skills you want to develop

  • Identify the aims and outcomes of the project and organise the people and resources

  • Consider how you'll keep track ofthe project's progress and evaluate how your own leadership skills develop  For example you might decide to keep a project blog.

  • Plan how you will publicly share the project 

  • Think about your budget, risk assessment, what your backup plan will be if things go wrong, any resources and equipment you need and how you will promote your event

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngWant some ideas?

Check out this guide from Voice contributor Grace McCabe about How to Plan a projectTake a look at how Chris Hill used a spidergram to plan a concert for his Gold project. Check out this guide about useful websites to help with your Gold Arts Award, including some tips on free project management tools.Visit the Gold Resources in the Get Inspired section for more hints and tips. 

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngThe portfolio bit

Keep track of everything you’re doing by taking pictures, making a video or audio recording, or writing a blog as you go. Check out Gold portfolios in the Get Inspired section for portfolio examples.

There are lots of free digital tools which can help you plan and manage your Gold Award.  
Download our recommendations for Unit 2 and let us know if you find a new tool we've missed!

 WORD PDF 

You can also download the 'What To Do' pages and a Portfolio Checklist from the Downloads page.

Deliver a Project Unit2 C, D&E

Unit 2 Parts C & D

This section is all about doing your arts project after making your carefully crafted plan. You want to be collecting evidence throughout to show you’re communicating and working well with others and solving problems.  

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Now is the time to use your plan to make the project happen.  Throughout the project you should be: 

  • Managing people and resources, making decisions and changing plans to solve problems along the way.
  • Organising and promoting a public showing of your project. This could be a live event or an online exhibition.

  • Documenting the project and gathering feedback from other people, both about the project itself and your leadership abilities. Keep records including notes, photos, sound/video recordings, leaflets, tickets and posters, emails, feedback questionnaires. You’ll need these for your Arts Award portfolio!

Take a look at Chris Hill’s video about the concert he organized and see how his plan helped him to pull it off:

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngPart E: Review an Arts Project

It’s time to reflect on how the project went and interpret any feedback you gathered. For this part you’ll need to: 

  • Create a project report which includes a summary and interpretation of the feedback you've gathered from others

  • Reflect on your project, what you learnt, your achievements, successes and challenges and how it helped you develop as an arts leader

  • Explain what you might do differently in future

Here are some thinking points to get you started: 

  • What happened on the project and what was produced?

  • What did you enjoy most – and why?

  • What was challenging – and why?

  • How did the public sharing go and what was the feedback from others?

  • What have you learnt from this feedback?

  • What have you learnt about leadership, communication and planning, your art form?

  • What would you do differently next time?  

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngWant some ideas? 

You can embed your report in your portfolio blog with links to all your work as Nikki didOr your report can be a simple document like Jo’sVisit the Gold Resources in the Get Inspired section for more hints and tips. 

6827cda538c1611db1c87a39a291a6e67008bc14.pngThe portfolio bit

Keep track of everything you’re doing by taking pictures, making a video or audio recording, or writing a blog as you go. Check out Gold portfolios in the Get Inspired section for portfolio examples.

Mini Checklist for Unit 2

Make sure you include these in your portfolio: 

  • Details of the leadership skills you want to develop

  • Your project plan

  • Evidence of the project itself

  • Notes of changes your made responding to feedback and self-reflection

  • Your report (review of your project and your leadership skills)

  • Evidence/documentation of your leadership development throughout the project

There are lots of free digital tools which can help you plan and manage your Gold Award.  
Download our recommendations for Unit 2 and let us know if you find a new tool we've missed!

 WORD PDF 

You can also download the 'What To Do' pages and a Portfolio Checklist from the Downloads page.