Goldsmiths begins Artsmark Award delivery

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Goldsmiths, University of London has begun its role as the new national delivery partner for Arts Council England’s Artsmark award.

A classroom door with a mural painted around it.

Photo: Arts Council England © Callum McMorran, Canteencreate / Chorlton High School

This partnership brings Goldsmiths’ expertise as a leader in teacher training, creativity, arts and culture, to Artsmark: the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, which, for over 20 years, has helped schools to deliver better creative and cultural education.

Led by Professor Tara Page, the Goldsmiths team will deliver a revised programme that will help schools and other learning settings embed culture and creativity in their work, and support the Arts Council in shaping creative and cultural education across England.

Artsmark currently works with nearly 4,000 schools around the country, providing teacher training, resources to help schools develop their arts curricula, plus support and guidance from organisations in the professional cultural sector.

The revised programme will offer a mixture of online and in-person sessions, including networking and peer mentoring opportunities, as well as training to help schools develop a more effective approach to integrating arts, culture and creativity into their curricula.

Richard Russell, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer at Arts Council England, said: “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Goldsmiths on the next chapter of Artsmark. Goldsmiths is one of the UK's leading creative education institutions, and has a wealth of experience working with children to enhance their lives and expand their minds through education.  By helping schools to embed creativity and culture in their work, this partnership will help us deliver our vision of a country where the creativity of each person is valued and given a chance to flourish.”

Professor Frances Corner OBE, Warden of Goldsmiths, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the delivery of the Artsmark programme, bringing our distinctive expertise in the arts, culture and education to help engender a diverse and inspiring arts and cultural education across England. This is timely and vital work, and we are proud of the opportunity to make a difference, inspire ambition, and contribute to social mobility in and through the arts and culture. We can’t wait to begin this important work with Arts Council England, and the thousands of dedicated teachers, pupils and schools throughout England.” 

To find out more about the programme, visit the Artsmark website.