Artsbox FAQs

FAQ for Artsbox artists

FAQ for Artsbox advisers/teachers

FAQ for Artsbox parents

General FAQ

FAQ for Artsbox artists

How do I get started with Artsbox?

Welcome to Artsbox! We hope that you will enjoy being an Artsbox artist! As an artist on Artsbox you can record, upload and collate any arts activities you're involved in or creative experiences you've had.

If you are a young person who is part of an Arts Award centre, you will need to know the name of your centre to create your account. Ask your adviser or find it on the map. Once you have entered a few details about yourself, you can build a profile and share your work with other Artsbox artists in your Arts Award centre.

If you are part of a school group, why not ask your teachers whether they'd be interested in training as Arts Award advisers so they can help you achieve it?

If you are an Artsbox Guest, you can use Artsbox to collate your work, but won’t be able to share with other young people. If you want to find an Arts Award centre to be able to share your work on Artsbox, or submit your work for an Arts Award, you can find a local centre here.

Watch our video user guide here, or read a written version here.

If you are under 13 years old, here's an explanatory letter for parents and guardians. You should ensure that your parent or guardian agrees to your use of Artsbox before you sign in.

Find out more about Arts Award here.

Still stuck? Please contact us.

Artsbox House Rules

Artsbox is a safe space to collect and share your work. There are different choices you and your adviser/teacher can make about how much you share work and feedback with other people.

You can find our Young People's House Rules here.

How do I make pages in Artsbox?

An Artsbox page is like a blank canvas that you can fill with information about any arts event or activity you have been involved in and would like to store in your Artsbox. You can upload different media to your new page, including photos, video, audio and text.

Just click on Pages and you will get a template which you can fill in with text and media on your latest project. You can include photos and videos of your work, audio recordings, and even upload documents such as Word, Powerpoint, or PDF files to bring your project to life.

Remember the Artsbox app is a great way of capturing film, photo, audio and text when you are on the move, and these resources will be waiting in your library next time you log on to Artsbox. The app is available free from the App Store and Google Play.

Why would I share my work?

If you're working towards your Arts Award, you will need to share your work with your Arts Award adviser and get their feedback and advice as you build your portfolio. Many people will want to share their work with other Artsbox artists in their group, and, if they want to, with their friends, family or the general public.

Once you’ve made any page in Artsbox you can choose to share it with your adviser/teacher. If they say it’s fine (see the House Rules), then you can share it with:

  • Your friends within Artsbox who are part of your centre/school
  • Artists and advisers at other centres/schools on Artsbox
  • Friends who don't use Artsbox, and even the general public – but only if your adviser/teacher chooses the public setting for your work. This would include sharing via Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking sites where you have an account. If you want to share something publicly but aren’t able to, speak to your Arts Award adviser/teacher about your centre's Artsbox settings.
  • You can also share your achievements on Artsbox via Arts Award Voice, Facebook and Twitter, if you are a part of those networks.

Can I use Artsbox if I don't want to share my work?

Yes, you can just use Artsbox as a helpful and private way to build up a gallery of pages showing your work building up and developing over time.

Just ask your adviser/teacher to keep your pages private, and they can alter the settings accordingly. If you are already a Trusted artist, you can alter the visibility settings of your own content by logging onto your account.

Who will see my work?

Unless you have been given Trusted artist permissions on Artsbox, your Arts Award adviser/teacher chooses who can see your work on Artsbox.

You can share:

  • With your centre/school: If you're part of a school or other group of young people working together towards an Arts Award, it is likely your adviser/teacher will choose that you can all share your pages with each other and get the chance to give and receive feedback.
  • With other users of Artsbox: The group and your adviser/teacher might decide you want to make work visible to the whole Artsbox community.
  • With the world: if you and your adviser/teacher choose the public setting for your work, anyone will be able to see or make comments on your work. You can send links to enable friends, family, or other networks to see your work in Artsbox. If you are under 13 years old, your adviser/teacher will need to have obtained permission from your parent or guardian to do this.

Can I see other people's work?

Yes, if your adviser/teacher has chosen to share your work within your group you will be able to see friends’ work and send comments and support. You will also be able to see work from any other Artsbox groups if your adviser has chosen that you can all share with others in the Artsbox community.

You will also be able to see work from those Artsbox artists who have chosen to make their work public.

How long will work stay in my Artsbox?

We will look after your Artsbox content for as long as you like, and will contact you if anything changes.

Can I Use Artsbox with an iPad?

The Artsbox App is fully compatible with iPad. However, when searching the App Store on an iPad, the default search setting is "iPad Only". You can change this to "iPhone Only" by clicking on the tab in the top left of the page, and changing the search accordingly. The Artsbox App appears immediately when you search within 'iPhone Only' and you can download it and open it on your iPad.

We plan do develop a bespoke iPad app with additional features in the future.

Why use Artsbox to achieve an Arts Award?

Artsbox is the perfect space to keep your work safely in one place while you plan your next arts project and it means you can complete work in your own time. If you are already using Artsbox and you want to work towards an Arts Award, why not ask your teachers whether they'd be interested in training as Arts Award advisers so they can help you to achieve it? Or you can find a centre that will help you work towards an Arts Award here.

Feedback and support

Artsbox helps you get feedback from your adviser and fellow artists as you progress through Arts Award.

Arts Award structure and guidance

The 'My Arts Award' area is set up with the information you need to progress through Arts Award. Once your adviser has shared an Arts Award level with you you will be able to begin to complete the parts. Remember the information about each unit is within Artsbox, so you can refer to it each time you are planning to make an Artsbox page as evidence for a unit.

To find out more about completing your Arts Award and to access extra tips, prompts and suggestions have a look at the Arts Award guides here: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver, Gold

And do talk to your adviser too - they are there to help you!

Make it your own

We have designed a profile area for you to house your work in and you can personalise it with chosen banners or add your own image or avatar to the profile area. The Pages template is clear and straightforward for you to customise with your project work, and your Arts Award work will be unique and individual to you.

Which Arts Award level is right for me?

Click here to find out more about the different levels of Arts Award, or talk to your adviser to decide what level might suit you best.

What are digital badges and how can I share them with other people?

Digital badges are a way to capture achievements, skills, interests, and talents, and display them on the web. On Artsbox, you can earn digital badges from Arts Award Supporters to recognise your interaction with them. You might earn a digital badge by visiting a Supporter based at a public venue, by doing a workshop at your centre, or by using a Supporter’s online resources.

Your badges will be displayed on your Artsbox profile page, and you can put them in your Mozilla Backpack if you want to display them elsewhere on the web. Just click the ‘Push to Backpack’ button on a badge and follow the instructions to add it to your Backpack.

How can I earn digital badges on Artsbox?

Arts Award Supporters are arts and cultural organisations who offer activities you can use for your Arts Award, such as workshops, events, backstage visits, work experience or the chance to meet the professionals! You can find Supporters near you and research them here.

If you work with a Supporter at your centre or use their online resources, your adviser or teacher can issue you with a digital badge for that Supporter.

If you want to visit one of the Arts Award Supporters near you, you should research them first here. You can then use the IOS version of the Artsbox app available from the app store to find Supporters near you, see a map and info about them. Then check in with the app to secure your digital badge for that Supporter. When you next log in to Artsbox and look at your profile area, you will see the badge there!

Only Supporters based at a public venue are listed on Artsbox.


FAQ for Artsbox advisers/teachers

Why use Artsbox with your young people?

Because it’s a great opportunity for them to collect artwork that they’ve created and collate examples of arts activities they’ve taken part in. Artsbox enables them to store work and share it within one safe place. Using the Artsbox app allows young people to record what they’re doing in a quick, easy and fun way – even when they’re out and about!

Why use Artsbox if you are an Arts Award adviser?

Because as well as making evidencing fun and accessible for young people doing Arts Award it can help you out by enabling you to track and support the progress of your group. When it comes to assessing you can fill in the assessment form within Artsbox.

How do I get started with Artsbox?

Go to the Home page to register as either a trained Arts Award adviser or as a teacher. Once you have completed the joining instructions, you can then move freely around Artsbox to build a profile for your centre, upload media, and create pages of your work, in the same way as the young people you are supporting. You can issue your young people an Arts Award level to work on through My Centre drop down menu where you will see Add/Manage Users, or Arts Award buttons. See the User Guide short film and PDF summary. There is a more detailed outline of all the Artsbox feautures here.

How do I join Artsbox as an Arts Award adviser?

If you are a trained Arts Award adviser, you can get your Arts Award centre set up on Artsbox. In order to do this, you must either have registered your Arts Award centre or joined an existing centre via the adviser portal. You or your lead adviser must have received an email from the Arts Award team confirming that your centre is active and giving you a five-digit centre number.

If your centre is active you can go ahead and join Artsbox as a centre. After joining as a centre, you will be taken to another form to join this centre as an adviser. Please fill in both forms. You will need to enter your five-digit Arts Award centre number. You can find this on the adviser portal.

Please note: if you are a single-person centre – i.e. you deliver Arts Award independently, and are not attached to an established organisation – you will be required to provide an email reference from an educational organisation or established arts organisation that you have worked with. We will contact you after you have submitted your registration form with details of where to send this reference.

If you are an adviser attached to an active Arts Award centre which another adviser has already registered on Artsbox, please use the search box on the join page to find your centre, and sign up from there.

Your Artsbox account will not be activated unless our records show that you are a trained adviser, attached to the centre you have signed up with.

It may take up to 48 hours for your account to be activated.

How do I join Artsbox as a teacher in a school that is not yet an Arts Award centre?

If you are not yet a trained Arts Award adviser, you can can still get your school set up on Artsbox. In order to do this you must first register your school through the Join button on the home page and provide your DfE number.

After joining your school to Artsbox you will be taken to another form to join this school as a teacher. Please fill in both forms.

If you are a teacher attached to a school which another teacher has already registered on Artsbox, please use the search box on the join page to find your school, and sign up from there.

Your Artsbox account will not be activated unless our research shows that you are a teacher attached to the school you have signed up with.

It may take up to 48 hours for your account to be activated.

If you are a teacher but are not yet an Arts Award adviser we hope that you will enjoy using Artsbox with your artists (young people) as a way of supporting them to collect and collate their art work and arts experiences. We encourage you to find out more about Arts Award by looking at the range of levels available on the 'Arts Awards' page in your 'my centre' menu.

You can get going with using Artsbox straightaway and can always explore delivering Arts Award at a later stage. Please be aware that you won’t be able to submit young people’s work for Arts Award certification/moderation until you’re a trained adviser.If you are interested in booking onto adviser training please click here

Artsbox House Rules

Artsbox is a safe space to collect and share your work. There are different choices you and young people can make about how much you share work and feedback with other people. You can find our House Rules here.

Getting your artists (young people) onto Artsbox

You can ask your young people to join and find your centre through the homepage, or you can set them up yourself through the My Centre and Add/Manage artists menu. This is demonstrated in the user guide for advisers film, and outlined in the accompanying PDF.

As their adviser, you will control your young people’s accounts, including the settings with which they can interact with one another and the public. Please see our Privacy Policy and House Rules for further guidance.

Once they have registered, you will need to accept them within the system to activate their accounts. It is a good idea to log in to Artsbox regularly to check for any “Buzz” or message prompts to let you know your young people are awaiting a response from you on a new registration or a page awaiting your approval.

We ask that you seek parents' or guardians' permissions before you register young people who are under 13. Here is a letter which can be given to parents and guardians to inform them about Artsbox.

Keeping track

You can keep track of how all your group are getting on, through the My Centre menu, and message them individually or as a group, depending on what information you want to share.

If you’re a trained Arts Award adviser you will be able to complete all your Arts Award assessments online. Just click on View Progress next to the relevant Arts Award level, to see individual portfolios and the template assessment form.

If you are a teacher but are not yet an Arts Award adviser we hope that you will enjoy using Artsbox with your artists (young people) as a way of supporting them to collect and collate their art work and arts experiences.

We encourage you to find out more about Arts Award by looking at the range of levels available on the 'Arts Awards' link in your 'my centre' menu.

You can get going with using Artsbox straightaway and can always explore delivering Arts Award at a later stage. Please be aware that you won’t be able to submit young people’s work for Arts Award certification/moderation until you’re a trained adviser. If you are interested in booking onto adviser training please click here

I have chosen a public setting for my centre or school group, but can’t see a young person’s work

There are a some privacy settings that an individual young person can control. So for each page they make they can choose whether that page stays private to them and you as their adviser, or if it shared along with the work of the whole centre. As an adviser, you will have chosen in the Settings menu if the group’s work is shared within the group, the Artsbox community or publicly. The individual choses which pieces of work are shared from their private portfolio area to the My Centre area.

Sharing resources

If you have something you want to share with your group, you will need to upload it to an Artsbox page as a file – whether it is a picture, a video, or an audio file. This will allow others in your school or Arts Award centre to download it from your page, once you publish it.

Remember the Artsbox app is a great way of capturing film, photo, audio and text when you are on the move, and these resources will be waiting in your library next time you log on to Artsbox. The app is available free from the App Store and Google Play.

Adding evidence to an Arts Award

You can use a library item as a direct piece of evidence towards an Arts Award unit. Most artists will have more material, and create a page with multiple media elements to describe their activity.

Within Artsbox you can use one page for all of your evidence against one Arts Award part. Remember that you can add further information to a page as you go, so your evidence towards that unit can grow over time.

On-going support: approving pages and comments

Once active on Artsbox, your group will be making pages which you will need to approve before they Go Live and become visible to the rest of your group, and can be used as evidence towards an Arts Award unit. This is also an opportunity for you to offer feedback and advice within Artsbox on a particular activity.

Sharing comments on Artsbox helps young people get feedback from their peers, and adds to the enjoyment of working towards an Arts Award. All comments must be moderated before going live, but if you would like to enable them to go live immediately please contact Artsbox admin here.

See here for some guidance to help you decide on the best approach for your group.

What do I do when a new Artsbox artist asks to join my group?

If you are a school setting, then check they are one of your pupils and approve them as a member of your group.

If you are an Arts Award centre, then check they are one of the young people known to you and approve them as a member of your group. If they are not known to you and they have been using Artsbox independently as a guest, and now want to link to a Centre to get support and pursue an Arts Award, arrange to meet to check they are a bona fide young person who you are happy to support in your setting. If so, contact Admin who will be able to transfer their Artsbox profile and content to your centre.

If you think another Arts Award Centre or Supporter might be better placed to help the young person, direct them to the Arts Award maps on Artsbox.

How do I move Artsbox artists (young people) to a new school/centre?

If your artists are moving from primary school to secondary school: they will need to open a new account at their new school or Arts Award centre. You can suspend or delete their previous account by clicking on Add/Manage users, and editing the account of the artist in question.

Most young people want a fresh start at secondary school, but If they want to take their content with them, then contact hello@artsbox.co.uk. A member of our team will be able to arrange for your artist to keep the same account and transfer it across to their new school/centre.

If your artists are moving schools but staying at primary or secondary level: please contact admin on hello@artsbox.co.uk. A member of our team will be able to arrange for your artist to keep the same account and transfer it across to their new school.

My group is ready for Arts Award moderation. What do I do next?

Please note that you must be a trained Arts Award adviser to assess the work and to proceed to certification/moderation.

Discover: Once you’ve completed your adviser assessment form for each portfolio (provided within Artsbox), you can order certificates for Discover as normal by downloading the mass enrolment spreadsheet from the moderation pages of the Arts Award website or logging in to the Arts Award adviser portal.

Explore: Once you have completed your adviser assessment report form for each portfolio (provided within Artsbox), you should confirm your names for an Explore moderation as normal by downloading the mass enrolment spreadsheet from the moderation pages of the Arts Award website or by logging in to the Arts Award adviser portal. When completing your spreadsheet, you must indicate in the ‘Contextual information’ box that there are Artsbox portfolios within your group by quoting ‘Artsbox moderation’ within this box, otherwise Trinity cannot guarantee to deliver the moderation through Artsbox. This still applies if your moderation includes some Artsbox and some non-Artsbox portfolios.

Bronze, Silver or Gold: Standard, Joint or Postal (online) moderation: once you have completed your adviser assessment report form for each portfolio (provided within Artsbox), log in to the Arts Award adviser portal to place your moderation booking as normal. When booking, you must indicate in the ‘Contextual information’ box that there are Artsbox portfolios within your group by quoting ‘Artsbox moderation’ within this box, otherwise Trinity cannot guarantee to deliver the moderation on the date agreed. This still applies if your moderation includes some Artsbox and some non-Artsbox portfolios.

Please be aware that at a standard or joint moderation, you will need to provide a computer and log in to Artsbox yourself so that the moderator can view your group’s portfolios.

For more help on Arts Award moderation, check out our Moderation Help document.

My young person is working on the wrong Arts Award level for them. How can this be resolved?

Discuss with your young person why the Arts Award level appearing on their profile area might not be appropriate to them. When they are logged in to Artsbox, click on the level title in their portfolio area. The next screen will show the Arts Award level and use the “Leave” button on the right to end their engagement with that level. You can issue a more appropriate Arts Award level by choosing Add/Manage User in the My Centre drop down menu.

Arts Award toolkit summaries and resources

If you are a trained Arts Award adviser, these summaries are to help as a quick reference whilst using Artsbox. Please do remember to refer to your full Arts Award Toolkits in preparation for assessment and moderation, or if you need further support, contact the Arts Award Team on hello@artsbox.co.uk or 020 7820 6178.

Arts Award Discover Toolkit

Arts Award ExploreToolkit

Arts Award Bronze Toolkit

Arts Award Silver Toolkit

Arts Award Gold Toolkit

Please do refer to your full Arts Award Toolkits in preparation for moderation, or if you need further support, contact the Arts Award Team here or call 020 7820 6178.

If you are not a trained Arts Award adviser but would like to become one, find about about adviser training here.

There is a range of guides to help you roll out Arts Award with large groups, so take a look for some advice on approaches to suit your setting.

Arts Activity mapping resources for

Discover

Explore

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Running Arts Award in large groups in schools

5-Day Bronze

What are digital badges and how can my young people share them with others?

Digital badges are a way to capture achievements, skills, interests, and talents, and display them on the web. On Artsbox, you can earn digital badges from Arts Award Supporters to recognise your interaction with them. Artists and advisers can earn a digital badge by visiting a Supporter based at a public venue and checking in via the Artsbox app. Alternatively, advisers can award badges to artists whose work they feel merits a particular Supporter badge.

How can my young people earn digital badges on Artsbox?

Arts Award Supporters are arts and cultural organisations who offer activities you can use for Arts Award, such as workshops, events, backstage visits, work experience or the chance to meet the professionals! You can find Supporters near you and research more about them here.

If your young person chooses to find out more about a Supporter and make a page about their work and how it interests them, you can issue them with a digital badge for that Supporter. See here to find out how to award a badge.

If your group or individuals want to visit one of the Arts Award Supporters, please ensure that they research them first here. Supporters listed on Artsbox are based at public venues, though you should always check opening times for meetings / visits. They can use the IOS version of the Artsbox app available from the app store to find Supporters near them, see a map and info about the venue. Once at the venue they can then “check in” with the app to secure their digital badge for that Supporter. When they next log in to Artsbox, the badge will be displayed in their profile area!

If you are taking a group on a Supporter visit, or inviting a Supporter into your centre, and want them all to receive a badge, then as an adviser or teacher you can do that by awarding badges directly. Find out how.

Find More Supporters

Only Supporters based in public venues are listed on Artsbox, for safety reasons. However advisers may want to view the full list of Supporters available to provide workshops in your centre or other support here but you will not be able to issue a digital badge for Supporters who are not listed on Artsbox.

How do I award a digital badge?

If a young person has shown initiative in visiting or researching an Arts Award Supporter then do reward them with a digital badge for that Supporter. This may be relevant for Supporters that offer on-line resources only or those that are based a long distance away from your young people.

Simply click on the My Centre tab, select Add/Manage Users, and pick the young person you want to award a badge to. Or you can get to their profile via the View Progress button in the Arts Award menu of Artsbox.

Once in their profile area, you can click the “award” button on the right hand side of the badge display area, (also on the right of the page). This will take you to a page where you can search and select the relevant badge. Click to highlight the badge you want, and then press the “award” button. The badge will then appear in the young person’s profile area as a record of their engagement with an Arts Award Supporter venue. At the moment you can award badges one at a time, but watch this space for ways to award badges to whole groups in one go!


FAQ for parents/carers

What is Artsbox?

Artsbox is a safe, exciting and brand-new social media platform that gives children and young people (aged up to 25) the opportunity to record their arts experiences and creative activities in one place, and to share what they have achieved and learnt with other young people engaged in similar activity. If they are working with a trained Arts Award adviser, they can use Artsbox to submit a digital portfolio of their work for assessment in order to achieve an Arts Award qualification (see below).

If your child would like to achieve an Arts Award but is not yet working with a trained adviser to do so, why not ask their school whether they would be interested in getting a member of staff trained. Training courses can be found here. Alternatively you may be able to find a local centre here.

Is Artsbox free?

Artsbox is available free of charge and all users must be registered in order to use the platform (those aged under 13 must additionally have permission from their parents or carers).

Each user of Artsbox can, using a computer or mobile device, create their own personal digital library and portfolio of material encompassing video, audio, images, documents or text.

Trained Arts Award advisers or teachers decide with the young people in their group who can share content with others, and no profiles or content will be made visible to the public for users under 13 years old without parental permission.

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a suite of national qualifications supporting young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. Through Arts Award, children and young people aged up to 25 can:

  • engage in arts activities
  • get a qualification for something they enjoy doing
  • develop creative skills
  • build self-confidence
  • share their passion with others.

  • Arts Award recognises any art form... ballet to beat-boxing, portraits to photography, fashion to film-making...including creative, technical and support roles
  • Children and young people gather evidence of their creative development in a portfolio
  • Trained Arts Award advisers support children and young people to achieve their goals
  • Children and young people who achieve the award receive a certificate from Trinity College London

If you would like further information about Arts Award please go to www.artsaward.org.uk.

Why use Artsbox if your child is working on an Arts Award?

Artsbox will help your child and their Arts Award adviser keep track of progress, and share information and advice. They will also be able to get feedback and support from other young people in their Arts Award centre.

How does my child get started with Artsbox?

If they are under 13, it is likely that your child’s teacher or Arts Award adviser will help them to register, once they have had your permission to use Artsbox. If you would like to do this for them instead, then go to the Join page to register. Once you have completed the joining instructions, your child will be able to navigate around Artsbox, build a profile, upload media, and create pages of their work.

If your child is a young person who is not yet part of an Arts Award centre or school registered on Artsbox, they can still use Artsbox to collate their work as an Artsbox guest. Please note, they won't be able to share their work with other artists or the Artsbox community.

If they want to join an Arts Award centre to be able to share their work on Artsbox, or submit work for an Arts Award, you can find a local centre here.

How will my child be kept safe on Artsbox?

Artsbox is a safe space to collect and share work. Your child will only be able to share content once they are linked to their teacher or Arts Award adviser, who will supervise activities and the content that they can engage with. There are different choices an adviser /teacher and young people can make about how much of their work they want to share and several privacy settings limiting how they engage with other people. There are also House Rules which they all have to agree on registration, to show we expect Artsbox to be an enjoyable and safe space.

You can find our House Rules here.

Why would my child share their work?

Many people will want to share their work with other Artsbox artists in their group, and, if they want to, with their friends, family or the general public. If they are working towards their Arts Award, your child will need to share their work with their Arts Award adviser and get their feedback and advice as they build their portfolio in readiness for assessment.

Once they’ve made any page in Artsbox they can choose to share it with their Arts Award adviser. If the adviser says it’s fine (see the House Rules), then they can share it with:

  • Users within Artsbox who are part of their Arts Award centre or school group: If your child is part of a school or other group of young people working together, they will all be able to share pages and have the chance to give and receive feedback.
  • All the Artsbox community: the group and their adviser/teacher might decide they want to make their work visible to the whole Artsbox community.
  • Anyone who visits Artsbox: If your child and their adviser/teacher choose the public setting for their work, anyone will be able to see or make comments on the work. Your child will be able to send links to enable friends, family, or other networks to see their work in Artsbox. If your child is under 13 years old, the adviser/teacher should obtain permission from a parent or guardian first before they apply this setting.
  • Your child can also share their achievements on Artsbox via Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site they are a part of.

Can my child use Artsbox if he/she doesn’t want to share his/her work?

Yes, your child can just use Artsbox as a helpful and private way to build up a gallery of pages showing their work growing and developing over time.

Just ask their adviser/teacher to keep their pages private, and they will alter the settings.

Can my child see other people's work?

Yes, if their adviser/teacher has chosen to share their work within their group, they will be able to see friends’ work and send comments and support. They will also be able to see work from any other Artsbox groups if their adviser has chosen that they can all share with others in the Artsbox community.

They will also be able to see work from those Artsbox artists who have chosen to make their work public.

Why use Artsbox to achieve an Arts Award?

Artsbox is the perfect space to keep your child’s work safely in one place while he or she plans the next arts project and completes work in his/her own time. If your child is already using Artsbox and would like to work towards an Arts Award, you can find a centre that will help him/her here.

Artsbox helps get feedback from the Arts Award adviser and fellow artists as a child progresses through Arts Award.

How can my child earn a digital badge on Artsbox?

Finding out more about cultural organisations and visiting them when appropriate is a great and enjoyable way to grow your arts experiences.

Arts Award Supporters are arts and cultural organisations who offer activities you can use for your Arts Award, such as workshops, events, backstage visits, work experience or the chance to meet the professionals! You can find Supporters near you and research more about them here.

Through Artsbox you can achieve digital badges for your research and visits to Supporter venues. Find out more here.

We suggest you research your visit beforehand to check opening times. The Supporters listed on Artsbox are based at public venues, and a child should be accompanied or let someone know of their planned visit if they are old enough to visit independently.

If a Supporter is some distance away, your child can still research a Supporter here and make a page about their work instead of visiting them. Your child’s adviser or teacher can issue them with a digital badge for that Supporter, which will appear in their profile area in the same way as a badge achieved by a check in visit to a venue with the IOS app – so they won’t have missed out!


General FAQ

Keeping safe on Artsbox

We have provided some guidelines on keeping safe in our House Rules.

You can find out more about keeping safe online here.

If you see or hear any content which makes you concerned about yourself or anyone else’s safety, press the Report! button to send a message to the Artsbox admin team.

Do also talk to an adult you trust, or you can get advice from Childline here.

If your parents/ carers want to find our more about staying safe online, they can get some advice here.

Finding out more about cultural organisations and visiting them when appropriate is a great and enjoyable way to grow your arts experiences.

Arts Award Supporters are arts and cultural organisations who offer activities you can use for your Arts Award, such as workshops, events, backstage visits, work experience or the chance to meet the professionals! You can find Supporters near you and research more about them here.

Through Artsbox you can achieve digital badges for your research and visits to Supporter venues. Find out more here.

Always research your visit beforehand to check the Supporter is based at a public venue, and let someone know of your planned visit. If you live too far from a Supporter or are unable to visit, you can find out more about them here and make a page about their work instead. Your adviser or teacher can issue you with a digital badge for that Supporter, which will appear in your profile area in the same way as a badge achieved by a check in visit to a venue with the IOS app – so you won’t have missed out!

Crediting other people's work on Artsbox; guidelines for Creating, Using, Sharing

Please ask permission before you upload anyone else’s content. Do not break copyright laws.

If you post photos, videos or recordings featuring other people, please respect their privacy. Always ask if it's ok to do so before you upload the content.

You can see some advice for young people about copyright laws here.

Keeping Artsbox accessible

You can read our accessibility statement here.

This site has been developed in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 wherever possible.

In the first roll out of Artsbox we are testing accessibility with some dedicated Artsbox artists, who will help to fine tune our offer. If you would like to offer specific feedback please contact us here.

Arts Award programme materials

If you require the following programme materials in braille, audio, large print or other formats, please contact us.

  • Bronze, Silver and Gold young people's booklets
  • Adviser toolkit

Looking for information about running Arts Award with young people with Special Educational Needs?

We have seen a growing number of groups and schools working with young people with special needs achieve great results with Arts Award. Find out more.

People and places to help fill your Artsbox

Arts Award Supporters are arts, cultural or heritage organisations or artists who want to help young people like you doing Arts Award. They might do this through:

  • offering workshops
  • providing access to arts and cultural events
  • providing opportunities to meet artists or staff members
  • offering chances to share skills or lead arts projects

Find and research Supporters in public venues near you here. Remember you can achieve digital badges when you visit or make a page in Artsbox about a Supporter. Find out more.

Arts Award Voice

Arts Award Voice is our magazine website for people aged 12 or over, offering features, interviews and ideas for your Arts Award, plus opportunities to publish your reviews and blogs to the public.

Become a fan on Facebook for news of Arts Award around the country

Bridge organisations

Arts Council England funds a network of 10 Bridge organisations which use their experience and expertise to build on good practice and to broker experiences for children and young people to connect with arts and cultural opportunities.

Find out more about Bridge Organisations.

Glossary of terms

Who's who and what's what on Artsbox:
  • Add – select this icon to add material to your library of resources for your Artsbox area. This can include text, photos, films, audio files or web links.
  • Adviser – an adult trained as an Arts Award adviser and supporting young people to achieve an Arts Award. To be an adviser on Artsbox, they will be part of an Arts Award centre which is registered with Trinity College London. To find out more about training as an Arts Award adviser, please click here.
  • Artist – any young person using Artsbox. They might be working towards an Arts Award but don't have to be. Artists include anyone working under the fantastic creative umbrella of the arts – from production management to visual arts or dance, digital or technical areas to craft and design. You are all artists!
  • Banner – the large image at the top of your profile. You can choose from a range of banners to help personalise your Artsbox space.
  • Buzz – a prompt at the top of your screen if you have feedback on your work as an artist. If you are an adviser/teacher, you will receive a Buzz when someone is waiting for you to approve a page to go live.
  • Comments – feedback on another artist’s work (remember the house rules and be kind!).
  • Friends – people in your centre or in the Artsbox community you have chosen to link to so you can see their work.
  • Library – the area containing all your uploads, and work you have captured on the app. You can select from these to make pages, which you may choose to use as evidence for an Arts Award unit, or just share with your centre. Or you can choose to share and use items from your library as they are, without making them part of a page.
  • Like – to like a page or an upload.
  • Messages – an inbox where your Arts Award adviser/teacher can leave you feedback on your work or give advice towards the next bit of activity.
  • My Arts Award – links to a portfolio of your pages, organised by award level.
  • My centre – the group of people you are working with in your school, college, arts centre or organisation.
  • My profile – your user profile. Usually an image and a short piece of text about yourself.
  • Page – a piece or collection of work which can be made up of text, video, photography, or audio which can be submitted by an artist as evidence for a part of Arts Award, or shared with your centre to demonstrate your arts activity. Further features can be added to any page you have started to strengthen the evidence on that page as your work progresses. Advisers/teachers can also make pages to share information and useful resources with their group.
  • Portfolio – your gallery of Arts Award work.
  • Share – to share a page or library item.
  • Units – a group of parts that make up an Arts Award.
  • Upload – media items to be brought into Artsbox by an artist or adviser/teacher from their own computer or the web. This might be text, photos, films, audio files or web links.