Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible.

Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four qualifications and an introductory award: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold.


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.

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On our 'Family Arts Award Day', Children aged 5+ and young people up to the age of 25, now have the opportunity to gain a 'Discover' Level, Arts Award, supported by Nucleus Arts at our beautiful centre in Chatham, Kent.

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Arts Award Explore aims to enable learners to develop a basic understanding of a range of art forms, artists and arts organisations, to commit to taking part in arts activities and to demonstrate basic communication skills. Learners do this by taking part in different arts activities and recording what inspires them, experiencing the work of artists and arts organisations, creating art work and presenting their exploration to others. They create a personal arts log (portfolio) to record their experiences in a format of their choice.  

Explore is an Entry Level 3 Award and is designed for 7-11yrs (Higher Key Stage 2) but open to anyone up to 25yrs. The award can be completed in 2 days at Nucleus Arts Centre, Chatham. At least 5 hours of independent study is can be expected and the award is moderated externally by Arts Award.  

Kent Children’s University

Nucleus Arts are now an approved “Restricted Learning Destination” for Kent Children’s UniversityTM! This means that we are authorised to issue Learning Credits in the children’s Passports to Learning for activities undertaken at our centre, including Arts Award.

What is Kent Children’s UniversityTM?
Kent Children’s UniversityTM (KCU) is part of an international charity that provides 5 to 14-year olds with access to exciting and innovative CU Learning Activities and experiences outside the normal school day. They reward children’s participation in voluntary learning activities that will develop their skills and raise aspirations for the future.

How does CU work?
The Children’s University (CU) is able to recognise and reward children for all the additional learning they participate in voluntarily outside normal school hours. Once registered through a school or direct through the local CU, children can earn Learning Credits in a variety of ways including participating in activities held at “Public Learning Destinations.” Children are provided with a Passport to Learning for them to collect Credits as evidence of their learning.

Once children achieve a fixed number of Learning Credits, they will have the opportunity to have their successes celebrated at a very special Graduation Ceremony at either Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Greenwich (Medway Campus) or The University of Kent.

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Chatham Art Centre

272 High St, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4BP

01634 812108