Arts Award
Portsmouth Guildhall is a registered Arts Award Supporter.
Arts Award

Arts Award

Portsmouth Guildhall is a registered Arts Award Supporter.

The Arts Award is a fantastic way for children and young people aged 5-25 to be inspired by, and enjoy the arts by exploring any art forms including, performing arts, visual arts, literature, media and multimedia; young people can take on challenges in an art form that they enjoy. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities, offers a framework for learning new skills and sharing them, the opportunity to develop creativity and leadership skills and prepares them for further education or employment. The Arts Award is offered at five levels, four accredited and one introductory award and can be completed in school, in youth groups or through arts organisations – wherever they’re able to work with a trained adviser who can help them access the arts.

The five Arts Award levels - you can start at any level and there is no time limit.


Arts Award Discover is the introductory award open to children and young people from ages 5 up to 25. To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end. Arts Award Discover will usually take about 20 hours to complete.


Arts Award Explore is available to children and young people aged 7 to 25. This award is accredited as an Entry Level 3 qualification. It is the perfect stepping stone from the introductory award, Arts Award Discover, to the Level 1 qualification, Bronze Arts Award. Young people collect their arts experiences in an Explore arts log as they go along, recording what they find and enjoy. Arts Award Explore will usually take about 25 hours to complete.


Arts Award Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25. To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 national qualification, young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts hero/heroine and share their skills with others. There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Bronze Arts Award. Bronze will usually take young people about 40 hours to complete.


Arts Award Silver has been designed for young people aged 14 to 25. Silver Arts Award, a Level 2 qualification, has two units – Unit 1: arts practice and Unit 2: arts leadership. Doing Silver involves achieving an arts challenge, reviewing arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, and delivering an arts leadership project with other people. There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Silver Arts Award. It will take young people around 60 hours to complete their Silver award.


Arts Award Gold has been designed for young people aged 16 to 25. Gold Arts Award is the highest level at Level 3, and develops young people’s creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills. The award is also recognised on the UCAS Tariff (35 points). Gold consists of two units – Unit 1: personal arts development and Unit 2: arts projects leadership. There are no entry requirements or set time limit for completing Gold Arts Award. It will take young people around 90 hours to complete, working with their adviser and independently.

What we can do for you

Take a look at our Guildhall Participate events listings for any upcoming concerts which are particularly suitable for children. These include one-off concerts presented by Portsmouth Guildhall and its’ partners. Groups are welcome to any of these events, but we’d be grateful if you would get in touch in advance and let us know if you plan on bringing a large group so we can make sure everything is ready for you. Children aged 7+ are also welcome to main auditorium events, provided they’re able to concentrate for the length of the concert.

Take a look at our What’s On events listing for upcoming concerts to see which are particularly suitable for young people, or join us for any classical concert. Many of the classical concerts at the Guildhall include pre-concert talks with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This is an opportunity to explore specific elements in more depth and engage with classical music.

Book a tour for your class or group - explore the building, learn about the different jobs that people do here, find out about the types of concerts and events we host and how the whole space has been designed for visual and acoustic excellence. If your group has particular access or behavioural needs, talk to us - we always want to support young people from a wide range of backgrounds, and will do our best to shorten or extend our standard tour to suit your children's needs.

Guildhall Participate includes opportunities with Get into Music where you can get involved with the programme, from work experience opportunities, to events, talks, workshops, opportunities to connect with professionals and networking events. Our Get into Music programme is open to young people aged 14+.

We host one-week work placements for young people aged 14-19. If you're looking for a placement, visit our Work Experience section to see what we have available. The weeks that are able to offer experience in and the departments within them, are determined by the venues schedule and will involve an application form and interview, and an agreed commitment from you.

If you have any questions please ontact Hayley Reay / 02393 870 193

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