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Silver Arts Award

Where artistic challenge meets arts leadership

Silver Arts Award gives young people the chance to take on an artistic challenge and a leadership role too. As well as being about creativity, it's about becoming a reviewer, researcher and project manager. Participants build a broad range of transferable skills as they complete their portfolio and gain a Level 2 qualification.

There are two strands to Silver Arts Award – one focusing on artistic practice and the other on arts leadership. Completing both successfully requires teamwork and independence, creativity and critical thinking, leadership and collaboration, confidence and communication. Take a look at our short video to see Silver Arts Award in action.

Silver Arts Award from Arts Award on Vimeo

Please note: these videos are not a substitute for the adviser toolkit and do not contain all the information needed to successfully understand the requirements of Arts Award. In order to deliver the awards, you must have completed adviser training. 

To achieve Silver Arts Award, young people create a portfolio, in a format of their choice, presenting evidence that they have completed all the tasks within the award's two units:

Unit 1: Arts practice and pathways

  • planning an arts challenge that develops their skills
  • implementing and reviewing the success of their challenge
  • reviewing arts events and sharing their views
  • researching careers and future opportunities in the arts

Unit 2: Arts leadership

  • identifying an arts leadership role and planning an arts project
  • being an effective arts leader, including dealing with practical issues and working effectively with others
  • reviewing their project and leadership abilities

Silver Arts Award is designed for ages 14 to 16 and is open to anyone aged 11 to 25. It's a Level 2 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and typically takes 60 guided learning hours plus 35 independent learning hours to complete (95 hours total qualification time). Read the full qualification specification here.

Would you like to start offering Silver to the young people you work with? Take a look at our Bronze & Silver training course - the first step to running Silver Arts Award.

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