Arts Awards

Children from Spring Lane Primary School visit theatre to work towards Arts Awards

Marking Arts Award Week, Year 5 pupils from Spring Lane Primary School were working towards their Discover Arts Award at Royal & Derngate last week (Thursday 7 July), in a pilot Discover in a Day project funded by The Mighty Creatives and Arts Award.

Arts Award is a range of unique nationally recognised qualifications that support anyone up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world and enabling them to progress into further education and employment.

Earlier this year, 53 children from Cedar Road Primary School’s Year 5 were presented with their Discover Arts Awards, after working with Royal & Derngate’s Creative Learning team as part of their Shakespeare 400 project, marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

A total of 12 Bronze and 4 Silver Awards have also been presented to members of Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre and Young Company, and participants in the NT Connections Festival.

The theatre has recently received a donation of £1000 from Lamport Hall to be used to support the entry of young people for Arts Awards through the Virgina Isham Young People in Theatre Scholarship. Royal & Derngate Creative Learning Director, Trudy Bell, commented: “It’s wonderful that Lamport Hall is able to support us in this way. Arts Award is a truly inspiring scheme, helping young people to develop creativity, leadership and communication skills, while enjoying a wide range of art forms. Building on our ongoing achievements, this donation will allow us to engage even more young people in working towards gaining Arts Awards.”

An exhibition detailing how Royal & Derngate engages young people in Arts Award achievement was on display in the theatre’s Underground area to celebrate Arts Award Week.

To find out more about how Royal & Derngate Creative Learning Team can support young people towards gaining an Arts Award, email [email protected].