Arts Award

All our nine sites are proud to be Arts Award Supporters. We understand how the Arts Award works and can tailor our workshops and programmes to help you achieve your Arts Award.
Are you doing your Arts Award? 
Come and be inspired by our collections - from tigers to contemporary art, an Egyptian mummy, Chinese ceramics, and even a Vivienne Westwood corset. For Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award, come and have a look around, visit our exhibitions and write a review for your portfolio. If your happy to share, send it over to us as we’d love to read it and learn from your experience. You can also leave us feedback by writing in one of our comment books or on a comment card – don’t forget to take a picture for your portfolio though!

If you want to get a little more hands on, then we run all kinds of art, craft and object based workshops and sessions during the holidays and at weekends. 


If you'd really like to get stuck in, then check out our volunteering opportunities! In the past, we have had volunteers helping younger children in Artspace at Leeds Art Gallery, curating exhibtions or moderating wiki content for a schools fashion project at Lotherton.

Case Study: SEND learners at Leeds Art Gallery
Try out the innovative multisensory ideas in our exciting Leeds Art Gallery ‘Explore’ book. It will guide you through Arts Award, show you different ways to experience the Gallery, encourage you and your students to explore the building and its artworks from different perspectives. Come along - feel inspired, discover, explore, create! The visits are suitable for all SEN(D) needs and learning styles, for many different groups and individuals within all key stages. For linked workshop dates, and further support, contact the Learning and Access Officer.


Are you a group leader looking for things to do to support Arts Award?

There are lots of possibilities of things we can do to support your group through their Arts Award. You can book your group in for a specific art or object-based workshop (Bronze, Silver and Gold), or talk to us about opportunities to interview museum and art professionals about their roles and career paths (Silver and Gold), or signpost them toward us for volunteering opportunities (Gold). In the past, we have set groups a live brief to work towards (Silver). The easiest way it to talk through what you need, so contact the site you are interested in working with and we’ll see what we can do to help.

Case Study: Revival
Each year for the last four years, students from five secondary schools across Leeds have been involved in an art and textiles competition at Lotherton. The young people were set a live brief to design a fashion-conscious garment, or art piece, linked to the annual theme of the Hall. They have created hats linked to the theme of Birds, remodelled clothing linked to Make-do-and-Mend and wallpaper linked to the decorative arts. During the course of the project, the students participated in a research day at Lotherton with access to art and textiles specialists, curators and the collections, and worked with artists back in school.  The winning design was displayed at Lotherton with the exhibition for the year. The schools communicated to each other through online wikis, giving the young people wider access to constructive critique. Ask us about setting a live brief for your young people to work towards.