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Arts Award courses for young people during Easter and Summer holidays


Over the Easter holidays, BHMA will be piloting a new course called ‘Discover: Arts & Heritage’ which is open to all pupils in Years 4 - 6.


Combining Arts Award with history, sessions will be held at Brighton Museum and Brighton & Hove Music & Arts. Participants will visit the Museum collections, learn about the First World War and try an exciting range of activities in visual arts, poetry and music. This course will give participants a chance to be creative, have fun, make new friends and achieve a certificate in a nationally recognised qualification, the Arts Award ‘Discover’. Led by our team of highly-trained and friendly workshop leaders in an informal setting, the course offers the chance to develop new skills and share progress, culminating in an awards ceremony which parents/carers are invited to. The course is open to all pupils from across Brighton & Hove, and is ‘open access’ meaning that it does not require any previous knowledge of the arts. The course will be led by staff from BHMA and Brighton Museum: Cicely Taylor, Nicholas McGuigan, Lisa de Simone and Kaye Dwyer.  To apply email 


There will be two further Arts Award courses delivered as part of the BHMA Summer School in July: a two-day course in Discover and a three-day course in Explore. Please visit the website for more details – 


Building on investment from Artswork to further develop SoundCity as an Arts Award Development Hub, BHMA has been working over the last two terms with Arts Award Advocate Cicely Taylor to deliver this programme. Arts Award is a national qualifications framework of five levels which is open to all children and young people aged from 5 to 25 years, inspiring them to develop their arts and leadership talents in a creative and accessible way. 


As part of this local development programme, BHMA has organised a series of subsidised training opportunities in Arts Award at Discover & Explore level and Gold level, which has been offered to member organisations of the SoundCity Music Education Hub. This will ensure that the delivery of Arts Award will be further embedded across the city across the youth and arts sectors. 


In addition to this, BHMA has been piloting holiday courses for young people in Arts Award ‘Discover’, the introductory award. To achieve Discover, children and young people discover all about the arts world: from music to painting to film-making. Participants find out about artists and their work, record it in a log book and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end. The first of these courses was delivered over Half Term for 12 young people aged 8 - 11 years from across Brighton & Hove. A range of arts activities were delivered by staff from BHMA, with sessions in Music Technology and song-writing with Gary Holmes, percussion and art with Cicely Taylor, and dance with Jason Keenan-Smith. All of the participants showcased their work in an awards ceremony and gained a certificate in Arts Award Discover.


These developments are a continuation from the Arts Award Development Hub programme which began in January 2014, through which BHMA signed up as an Arts Award Centre and Arts Award Supporter, and via training, advocacy, information and support helped other SoundCity partners to do so also. We believe passionately in the many benefits of taking part in music and the arts, and aim to support all children and young people to achieve their potential through our programme of high quality, creative courses. We feel that Arts Award offers participants this opportunity whilst at the same time achieving a nationally recognised qualification.



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