What is it?

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. Young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities and experience arts events whilst becoming inspired by artists and through leading others. The flexible framework of the Award can be based around any arts or media activity and reflects many different interests and ambitions. It encourages individual development whilst also helping young people define their creative futures.

Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England, working with 10 regional bridge organisation. It is delivered by trained advisors all over the country. For more information, please visit:

How is it delivered at Barkingside Art Club?

Barkingside Art Club is an Arts Award Centre based at Fullwell Cross Library who supports young people to complete their Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award qualifications. BAC’ learning programme supports individual creative development and places young people at the heart of the Arts Award process.

Through the term time weekly art club sessions children will have access to the Explore through Bronze Art Award levels, requirements for gaining these awards is embedded in our programmes which covers a variety of art techniques and media such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, sketchbook-making, print-making and design.

By participating in Art Awards young people can embrace their understanding of art practitioners, movements, techniques and history associated with them by learning to record their progress and developing confidence in presenting their knowledge. To see the full BAC programme please visit our workshop pages.

The Explore Arts Award can also be delivered on an outreach basis at your venue either organisation or school by experienced BAC staff. Fee may vary so please contact us to find out more.

Young Minds 


We understand the difficulties young people face to find employment and qualifications outside of the mainstream education system, this is especially difficult for those who experience financial difficulties, those in the care system and those who have special educational needs. In order to tackle this problem we have created the ‘Young Minds’ programme, which facilitates the achievement of Silver and Gold Art Awards while volunteering with us here at Barkingside Art Club during workshops and projects. 

It is a great way for young people aged between 16-25 to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills, build their CV to gain employment and continue to further education as the Gold Art Award is worth 16 UCAS tariff points. 

Volunteers on the ‘Young Minds’ programme will receive mentorship through 1-2-1 sessions with the designated Art Award Advisor. By volunteering with BAC they will receive opportunities to work in areas within the industry which interest them the most i.e. photography, marketing, social media, event organising, workshop delivery. We encourage our volunteers to get involved with BAC’s network of artists and gain experience by work shadowing art practitioners


We are also delighted to offer SEN Art Awards to participants attending our workshop sessions under the Art for a Cause programme. Our Sen Hour and Aussie Girls Creative Social Club workshop participants as well as children and adults participating in certain project and events are able to gain an SEN Art Award as our sessions are designed to inherently meet the requirements for the award. 

How much does it cost?

Discover £5

Explore £35

Bronze £45

Silver £85

Gold £125

*Art awards moderation fees are separate to our regular booking cost. Fees are a one off payment on top op regular workshop fees which covers the cost of a log book at Explore, Bronze and Silver levels and both Trinity College and BAC moderation costs.

BAC art centre is based at Fullwell Cross Library. Students participating in Art Awards have access to IT and printing facilities, a sketchbook or help with setting up an online blog to record your progress (for those aged 16 and above). Our volunteers under our Young Minds programme will also have access to Creative Studio Space during term time for the duration of completing their award. Although we provide guidance and information whenever needed, we encourage our volunteers to take ownership of their progress to gain most out of this experience, this includes committing up to 2 hours a week to the Art Awards programme.


Where do I start?

For more information or to Explore wether the Arts Award is right for your, please contact Barkingside Art Club’ Award Advisor Eliyah Qureshi.


Telephone: 07889829218