• Arts for young people at the Williamson

About the Artist/Exhibition

In collaboration with Curious Minds, the Williamson Art Gallery offer the Artsmark programme for schools with our learning officer, Kathy Heywood.

Curious Minds

Curious Minds

Are you ready to start your Artsmark Journey?

Artsmark: inspiring young people through great art and culture

Curious Minds and The Wirral Museums Service are working together to celebrate the creative opportunities that schools in the Wirral are offering their young people. We want to ensure schools feel confident that their cultural offer is up to date and that they are aware of the opportunities available to them.

Every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work.

Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge. Awarded by Arts Council England, designed by schools, the new Artsmark award will help schools to deliver a high quality arts and cultural education, across the country. Artsmark is rewarding more and more schools for championing arts and culture.

The new Artsmark process is completely different from previous years; schools no longer need a minimum percentage of curriculum time or fulfil strict criteria. Rather than retrospectively celebrating what you have done the new process is forward looking to where you school wants to be linked to your school Improvement Plan , Artsmark currently has 4 levels, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

Key messages:

  • This is forward looking strategic action research linked to the School Improvement Plan. It can help address whole school improvement as well as the Arts
  • There are NO strict criteria it is flexible and can respond to the needs and priorities of  the Individual school
  • It is not about quantity but quality
  • It is a way for any school to engage with The Cultural Education Challenge
  • There is ongoing support from Curious Minds
  • It can help achieve an Outstanding Ofsted  especially SMSC
  • A Head teacher or a member of SLT must attend the Development Day

For more information about Artsmark go to: http://www.artsmark.org.uk

For more information on Curious Minds go to: http://curiousminds.org.uk/artsmark/

The first step to starting your Artsmark Journey is to register for Artsmark and pay the registration fee of £500 which covers the cost of the Development Day for two members of staff from your school and additional support along your journey.

To register for Artsmark please go to:


Once you have registered, the next step is to book on a place on an Artsmark Development Day.

Curious Minds is delighted to be working with The Williamson Art Gallery to offer you an Artsmark Development Day on the 23rd of May 2017.

The Development Day is a practical immersive day for a Senior Leader (ideally the Head) and the arts lead teacher to work alongside other schools and the Artsmark trainer to explore and plan your Artsmark Journey. On the day, you will begin to complete your Statement of Commitment which will gain you Artsmark Status.

On our Development Day, there will be the opportunity to hear from Kathy Heywood,  Wirral Museums Learning Manager who can outline how they can support you on your Artsmark Journey as well as the opportunity to meet other schools in your area to create an informal Artsmark Network.

If you would like to start your Artsmark journey with us, then please register with the Arts Council and then book your two places for Tuesday the 23rd of May 2017 at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum.

For more information about the Williamson Art Gallery event contact, Kathy Heywood

Wirral Museums Learning Officer

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

kathyheywood@wirral.gov.uk  Tel: 0151 666 3537


Dates : Ongoing (and 23 May 2017)
Artist : Artsmark