Arts Award and Lewisham Live Festival

Do the children and young people you work with take part in Lewisham Live? If so, this help sheet on how each young person can use their participation in Lewisham Live to achieve Arts Award Discover should be useful.

How to use your children’s Lewisham Live experience as part of Arts Award Discover

What is Arts Award?

Four qualifications and an introductory award for ages 5 - 25 years. Arts Award can be delivered in schools, cultural organisations, youth clubs, libraries etc. Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England working with 10 regional bridge organisations.

The Arts Award qualifications are designed to inspire learners up to the age of 25 to grow their arts and leadership talents. Most of all, they aim to support and encourage learners of all levels and abilities and from all backgrounds and cultures to engage and participate in the arts. From the initial Arts Award Discover level, all the way through to Gold Arts Award, these qualifications offer a variety of ways to approach creative and wider skills development that can be tailored to the centre, adviser and learners.

Through Arts Award, learners will achieve a national qualification that will build confidence through nurturing their individual interests, while also equipping them with life skills that will support their education and future employment. Find out more about Arts Award here.

About Arts Award Discover

Arts Award Discover is an introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25.

Aims of the qualification

Arts Award Discover aims to encourage learners to develop a basic understanding of a range of art forms, to commit to taking part in arts activities, and to develop a basic understanding of communication. Learners do this through identifying that a range of art forms make up the arts, taking part in different arts activities, finding out about artists and their work and sharing their arts discoveries with others. They create a personal arts log (portfolio) to record their experiences in a format of their choice. Arts Award Discover provides a foundation to enable learners to be introduced to the arts and is a springboard to other levels of Arts Award.

Achieving Arts Award Discover

To achieve an Arts Award Discover, children and young people collect evidence in an individual arts log of their experiences of:

  • participating in arts activities
  • researching artists and their work
  • sharing their arts discoveries

There are 3 parts to the Award:

Part A: discover

  • understanding of how the arts encompasses a range of art forms from the familiar to the unfamiliar
    • participation in a range of arts activities
    • understanding of how art forms connect to their own lives

Part B: find out

  • knowledge of at least one artist and their work

Part C: share

  • what they enjoyed and learnt through the award
  • how they shared their experience with others

See the downloadable help sheet below for case studies from two Lewisham Primary Schools on what they did to use their Lewisham Live performances as part of Arts Award.