Arts Award Action research (2013-14)

A nine-month action research programme that supported six cultural organisations to explore new models for delivering Arts Award.

The Programme was designed, facilitated and funded by A New Direction (AND) from September 2013 to June 2014. The Programme has resulted in case-studies and a top tips document which will serve as a good base for cultural organisations wishing to explore delivery of Arts Award at this level.

AND worked closely with the following arts and cultural organisations to develop innovative and sustainable ways of delivering Silver and Gold Arts Award within their organisations:

Tricycle Theatre
Tomorrow’s Warriors
Geffrye Museum
Almeida Theatre
Tiger Monkey
Harrow Arts Centre

There is no shortage of Arts Award case studies that describe projects and approaches taken, celebrate achievements and promote the benefits of Arts Award to young people. Such materials offer valuable insights into successful models of delivery. AND aims to complement these case studies with a focus on organisations rather than on the experiences and outcomes for young people. It addresses the question: how can Arts Award be integrated into ongoing learning programmes of cultural organisations?

This new resource, written by Hannah Wilmot based on interviews with Cultural Education managers, comprises five sections which can be read individually or as a whole. There is an overview of the programme which draws together common challenges encountered and the organisations' reflections on the benefits of Arts Awards to the sector. The key learning is outlined in Top Tips. The remainder of the resource comprises three case studies, each of which draws on the experiences of two of the organisations:

Adding Value – Almeida Theatre & Tomorrow’s Warriors
Borough Partnerships – Harrow Arts & Tiger Monkey
Young People Take Over – The Geffrye Museum & Tiger Monkey

Resources can be downloaded below

Download Silver & Gold; An overview of the programme

Download Adding Value - Almeida Theatre & Tomorrow's Warriors

Download Borough Partnerships - Harrow Arts Centre & Tiger Monkey

Download Young People Take Over; The Geffrye Museum & Tricycle Theatre

Download Top Tips

Cultural managers and the participants talk about the work