Your opportunity to meet your local Arts Award Supporters

We’re delighted to introduce you to local arts and cultural organisations in your area who can support your Arts Award or Artsmark activities. The below list of Arts Award Supporters includes a variety of arts organisations situated within a 45-minute radius of Southampton.  You can also download it here

This includes some wonderful organisations!  Read on for a taster of each Supporter offer and please visit their websites or email to find out more.

Artswork is the South East Bridge organisation and creates opportunities for teachers to engage with arts and cultural organisations.
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If you would like to discus your Arts Award delivery, please contact the Arts Award helpdesk on 020 7820 6178 or email

Best wishes

Jen Farrant and Kristianne Drake

Arts Award Supporter and Artswork

ArtfulScribe is proud to associate with Arts Award and can help young people achieve their awards through:

  • Access to literature-based workshops including Mayflower Young Writers
  • Performance opportunities at open mic and live literature events
  • Volunteer opportunities in event management and hosting
  • Opportunities to blog and review ArtfulScribe events
  • Reduced ticket prices to live literature events including poetry slams, shows and open mic nights
  • Q&A sessions with visiting writers and performers
  • Opportunities to interview writers and performers
  • Opportunities to shadow writers working in the community at workshops and showcases
  • Opportunities to shadow workshop facilitators
  • Advice and practical experience at hosting showcases and events
  • Publication platforms online and in print

Find out more: Website : Email : 07588 719891

Aspex is a contemporary art gallery based in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. 

We have a changing programme of exhibitions, artist residencies and a lively Participation & Learning Programme.

We offer:

  • Free entry to our exhibitions
  • Free Family Saturdays drop-in workshops, every Saturday 11am-1pm
  • Free monthly Arts Award Club to meet with an Arts Award Advisor
  • Artist-led School workshops in response to our exhibition programme
  •  Artist-led Holiday Art Clubs every school holiday
  • Volunteering opportunities for 16+

Find out more : Website : Email : 02392 778080

Burlesdon Brickworks offers

  • Artist-led School workshops in response to our exhibition programme
  • Volunteering opportunities for 16+

Our facilities provide an inspirational backdrop for Arts Award activities and a safe environment to experiment with a variety of media.

Bronze & Silver Arts Award: If you are looking for a venue where your group can take part in an arts activity we can offer photography, drawing & painting, or clay workshops.

Find out more : Website : Email : 01489 576248

Chapel Art Studios is a studio group of experienced, professional artists, working toward the goal of enabling more children to experience the arts.

Our education programme can bring Arts Award courses and workshops to your organisation or community. 

Our artists work with video, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, digital technology, drawing, textiles and more. They give talks, run workshops, and can deliver projects to a handful of  pupils or a whole school: for an afternoon or for several months!

We have built fires, used potatoes, created film sets, invented archives, formed publishing groups and so on, all whilst stretching the way a person thinks, connects and questions. 

Our greatest asset is the ability to creatively adapt to situations, and deliver inventive solutions that challenge and test a participant.

Find out more : Website : Email : 07534 147876

City Eye create exciting opportunities for young people of all ages to engage with film and video.

We offer practical skills development workshops to deepen the understanding of the filmmaking process and screenings supported with activity designed to encourage analysis and interpretation and create dialogue around film.

Workshops and activities can take place at City Eye’s facilities at Studio 144 in Southampton or within school / school college and can accessed by groups or individuals who have embarked on their Arts Award Journey.

Find out more : Website : Email : 023 8071 1672

FolkActive run lively folk music and dance workshops for schools and community groups, bringing local culture, history and traditions to life in active, creative and relevant ways.

From country dancing and ceilidhs to broom dancing, mummers plays and more, children are able to experience, to understand and then to own traditionally based activities as their ideas are encouraged and included.

Workshops can be tailored to each school’s locality and individual requirements, whether enriching and enlivening local studies or commemorating significant or seasonal events.

We always use live music, and enjoy developing short performances through which a new generation can celebrate our folk heritage!

Find out more: Website : Email : 07709 651149

John Hansard Gallery. Arts Award is embedded across our learning programme by providing opportunities in which your school/young people can:

  • Take part in the arts – participating in artist-led workshops.
  • Be the audience – interactive exhibition talks/tours.
  • Arts inspiration – opportunities to find out more about artists through an extended talk/tour activity.
  • Sharing new skills - they have learned as part of a workshop.
  • Form a view – opportunities to present and/or communicate a view about an arts/cultural issue.
  • Arts Leadership – opportunities to develop leadership skills through work shadowing and careers talks/days.

We also offer; Discover in a Day workshops, Explore/Bronze Taster Days and Arts Award Hub.

Find out more: Website : Email : 023 8059 2160

‚ÄčMayflowerMayflower Theatre is the largest theatre in South England and offer a wide programme of musical theatre, drama, dance, comedy and family shows.  We offer discounts for groups, schools and students, as well as Youth Membership and Community First Nights. 

As a receiving venue, Mayflower has unique access to industry practitioners and offers workshops, talks, tours, Q&A's and work experience placements.

Mayflower Theatre provide many opportunities to help support you deliver your Arts Award through:

  • MY Story
  • Opera Engage
  • Summer Youth Project
  • Summer Youth Dance Project
  • Mayflower Young Writers
  • Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre

Find out more: Website : Email : 02380 711803

The Point & Berry Theatre offers a range of opportunities to collaborate with our creative team and professional artists to complete your Arts Award from Discover and Explore to Gold level.

Participate in workshops, see professional performances, and participate in post-show talks with the artists. We also offer opportunities for work experience and a chance to tour the theatre.

We can support individuals or groups including those with additional needs.

Find out more: Website : Email : 02380 652333 

Showcase Gallery runs free, artist-led workshops in the Gallery providing bespoke creative workshops inspired by the yearly exhibition programme and linked to Curriculum learning.

We offer a regular programme of workshops designed to inspire and encourage new approaches and techniques. Skilled artists will imaginatively engage pupils and stretch their abilities in new directions. A finished artwork is usually the outcome of each workshop.

Example workshop:

Street Jam Live - Outdoor Street Art - an opportunity to learn new approaches to creating art based on techniques used by artists who work outdoors - Spray painting, chalk street drawing and large scale acrylic painting to create a large scale collaborative artwork to be made in Southampton Guildhall Square and Southampton parks.

Workshops can be tailored to suit, minimum time of 1.5 hours required through to full day workshops. Usual max pupils/students is 30 but can be discussed and age ranges are from 2 – 92.

Find out more: Website : Email : 02382012036