What is Silver Arts Award?

Silver stretches your talents and shows off your commitment. Idriss explains...

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Set yourself a challenge to develop your arts skills – it could be theatre lighting, photography, dance, gallery curation...or any arts or cultural activity you choose.

Be a critic and review arts events - share your views with others.

Research opportunities and careers in arts, media and culture eg arts, broadcasting film, museums... Find out what's available in your area and look at career paths that interest you. Get out there to visit venues and talk to professionals.

Lead an arts project - this could be a series of workshops where you teach your skills to others, or a one-day event that you create with a couple of friends. You need to make a plan, run the project, and review how it went. You can work as a team if you want.

Make an Arts Award portfolio to record your work. Take a look at other people's digital portfolios here

CV info: Silver Arts Award is a Level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which means it's recognised nationally!  It should take you about 95 hours to complete.


Its pretty straightforward to get going with Arts Award. There are just a few steps you need to follow.

Step one: You'll need to find an Arts Award centre and Arts Award adviser  to support and assess your work. Ask your school or local arts organisation if theyre already an Arts Award centre. Otherwise, search the Arts Award Centre Map to find a centre in your area.  

If you still cant find somewhere, talk to your regional Bridge organisation in England or Arts Award Training Agency in Scotland and Wales. They may be able to put you in contact with an Arts Award centre. Find your regional Bridge or Training Agency here

Step two:  Once you've got yourself an Arts Award adviser you're away! Register here on Voice and you'll get access to our Arts Award Voice Hubs which give you step-by-step support and lots of handy tips and how-to guides.  You can also take a peek at other people's portfolios for ideas.

Step three:  Keep an eye out for opportunities you can get involved with. Don't forget there are lots of Arts Award Supporters across the UK offering help, events and opportunities - find those near you on the Supporter Map  Look through Voice's Opportunities listing and follow Arts Award Voice on Twitter at @AAonVoice.



One word: Portfolio!  Your portfolio shows all the activities you have taken part in during your Arts Award, including your planning and your evaluation. You need to create your portfolio as you work through the award and share it with your adviser as you go along. Then an Arts Award moderator will check it and confirm that you have achieved your award.

Make sure your portfolio includes:  

  • A clear layout and labels for each item so its quickly understandable to someone who didnt go through the process with you 

  • Your plans, notes about what actually happened (sometimes things don't go to plan!), feedback from others, your thoughts about your achievements and what you'd do differently next time. 

There's lots of advice on creating a good portfolio in the Arts Award Voice Hubs - so sign up and read on

And finally, share your portfolio with us! You can upload it to Voice magazine, tell us about it on Twitter @AAonVoice, or email us at [email protected]  


Find out more about running Silver Arts Award  If you're an Arts Award achiever yourself, you can claim 15% discount on training to be an adviser here