Arts Awards

UK Young Artists are looking to recruit a team of ten young people, aged 15- 20yrs, from all arts disciplines, to help run activity as part of our Nottingham 19 City Takeover programme, whilst working towards a Silver or Gold Arts Award.

Arts Awards are a unique qualification and opportunity to gain leadership experience whilst developing as an artist in your own right. To achieve the award, you take on a personal artistic challenge, participate in a range of arts activities, attend events, meet artists and share your skills with others. Throughout the project you create a portfolio to keep a record of your creative journey and along the way are supported by an Arts Award adviser, who acts as your mentor and assessor. Further information about the two levels, and which would be most suitable for you, can be found at voicemag.uk/silver and voicemag.uk/gold. Please note that participants do not need to have any previous knowledge of Arts Award to take part in this project.


As part of the project you will work individually or in pairs, to support different aspects of the City Takeover programme. Opportunities include:

  • Running family activities

  • Working with the technical team

  • Leading on marketing and social media campaigns

  • Supporting artists during exhibitions and performances

With support from UK Young Artists staff, you will make artistic, delivery and financial decisions on your project area. Some roles will involve managing volunteers and working directly with members of the public, others supporting artists and venue teams.


Commitment and timeline

The full project will run from September 2018 to March 2019. The team will come together for a couple of hours every other week, at a venue in Nottingham city centre; meeting with UK Young Artists’ Engagement Coordinator who will help you to explore your individual Arts Award journeys and plan the City Takeover projects. Participants will need to be available during the City Takeover period (7-13th Feb 2019), although specific times and dates will depend on which area of the programme you are working on.


To take part

To join our City Takeover team, gain real-life leadership experience and work with the next generation of international artists, contact Vikki Jones our Engagement Coordinator, for an informal chat, at vikki@ukyoungartists.co.uk



Arts Award Supporter

UK Young Artists is delighted to be a registered Arts Award Supporter and can offer a range of opportunities for young people who are completing their Arts Award at all levels. Our Arts Award Supporter offer would best suit those working towards, Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver Arts Awards. However we would be happy to discuss Gold Arts Award opportunities with groups or individuals who may be interested in a more in-depth involvement with UK Young Artists.

If you'd like to discuss any of the opportunities listed below please contact Vikki Jones, UK Young Artists Engagement Coordinator via email on vikki@ukyoungartists.co.uk

Outline of UK Young Artists Art Award offer:

  • A range of volunteering opportunities tailored to your interests and skills.

  • Free exhibitions at venues across the city.

  • Free tickets to performance events at venues across the city.

  • Opportunities to meet and interview the artists participating in the festival, our management team, board and ambassadors.

  • Opportunities to review and document events taking place during the festival with the potential for content created to be shared across our online platforms.

  • A programme of workshops and masterclasses to either take part in, or to support the artists in delivering these sessions. 

If you would like further information on how UK Young Artists can help you to achieve your Arts Award please contact Vikki Jones, UK Young Artists Engagement Coordinator via email at vikki@ukyoungartists.co.uk