Birmingham Arts School – Celebration Event 2024

Celebrating cultural activity, collaboration, and arts education in the city

Birmingham Arts School (BAS) is a vibrant space fostering creativity, connecting schools to the arts and encouraging children and young people to think, imagine, question, and explore the world with an open mindset. Recognising the existing inequalities, BAS passionately strives to bridge the gap by providing high-quality arts opportunities that not only enrich learning and well-being but also equip young minds with skills for future careers.

Amidst the cultural richness of Birmingham, BAS stands as a catalyst, ensuring widespread access to these experiences. Having produced conferences, CPD events, teacher networks, and consultations with headteachers in the past three years, BAS is gearing up to host an awards ceremony this Summer, celebrating and acknowledging outstanding contributions across 10 diverse categories. This event serves as a platform to spotlight the remarkable arts engagement between Birmingham schools and cultural learning providers, honouring the relentless efforts of teachers, cultural learning staff, and young individuals dedicated to cultivating and celebrating the transformative power of the arts. 

The Award Categories

There are 10 Award Categories for which we are inviting nominations. All awards are suitable for projects taking place in early years settings, primary, secondary or special schools.

The deadline for submissions is midday on Monday 20th May 2024. No late entries will be accepted.

There is no cost to submit a nomination, you can nominate yourself or others, and you can nominate the same person or project in different categories. Links to the online nomination forms for each category are provided with the category descriptions below.

For all award categories, activity must have taken place between September 2022 – May 2024 in order to be eligible for these Awards.

If you’re planning a nomination (or several) we suggest you read the Guidance for Applicants so you know the questions you’ll be asked and how entries will be assessed. There’s also a list of FAQs further down this page.

The New Partnerships Award

The New Partnerships Award is designed for arts organisations/individual artists that have demonstrated exceptional commitment in delivering innovative and tailored projects through collaboration with schools. Specifically, this award is dedicated to projects involving schools embarking on their first partnership with an arts organisation.

Birmingham Arts School actively promotes the establishment of new partnerships to enhance creative curricula, and this award is dedicated to celebrating and recognising outstanding initiatives in this regard.

 

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The Music Award

The Music Award is tailored for both schools and arts organisations/individual artists that have collaboratively established creative partnerships, expanding access to music for a greater number of young people in schools through innovative and meaningful approaches.

This award specifically evaluates how music projects are integrated into schools, contributing to cultural learning, boosting confidence, and providing curriculum support.

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The Drama and Theatre Award

The Drama and Theatre award is tailored for both schools and arts organisations/individual artists that have collaboratively established creative partnerships, expanding access to drama for a greater number of young people in schools through innovative and meaningful approaches.

This award specifically evaluates how drama projects are integrated into schools, contributing to cultural learning, boosting confidence, and providing curriculum support.

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The Dance Award

The Dance Award is tailored for both schools and arts organisations/individual artists that have collaboratively established creative partnerships, expanding access to dance for a greater number of young people in schools through innovative and meaningful approaches.

This award specifically evaluates how dance projects are integrated into schools, contributing to cultural learning, boosting confidence, and providing curriculum support.

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The Art and Design Award

The Art and Design Award is tailored for both schools and arts organisations/individual artists that have collaboratively established creative partnerships, expanding access to visual art for a greater number of young people in schools through innovative and meaningful approaches.

This award specifically evaluates how visual art projects are integrated into schools, contributing to cultural learning, boosting confidence, and providing curriculum support.

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The Early Years Arts Award

The Early Year Arts Award recognises the impact of Early Years Practice taking place in the city. This award will be for individual artists or arts organisations who have delivered exciting and engaging projects for early years settings to give children a positive first impression of creative outlets.

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The Young Achiever Award

The Young Arts Achiever award will celebrate a young person who has led creative projects to drive a difference in arts education. This could be a student carrying out projects through their university placement or work experience programme.

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Changemaker award

The Changemaker Award is for an individual headteacher, teacher or teaching assistant within a school whose work, over many years, has made a significant positive impact in embedding arts practice in schools, with and for children and young people. This is the only category for which people cannot nominate themselves!

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Pioneering Practitioners Award

The Pioneering Practitioner Award celebrates the professionalism, skill, and unwavering commitment of freelancers and small arts organisations, crucial contributors to the vibrant tapestry of our sector. We aim to recognise their exceptional impact on the cultural and creative experiences of children and young people. The award is divided into two distinct categories:

Fearless Freelancer Award:

This category applauds an individual freelancer who, despite the socio-economic challenges inherent in a freelance career, has demonstrated outstanding commitment to working creatively with children and young people.

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Small but Mighty:

This category recognises a small arts organisation that, through its work within the community, has significantly contributed to the cultural and creative life of children and schools.

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Frequently asked questions:

When can I submit nominations? When is the deadline?

Award nominations are now open. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday 20th May 2024. No late entries will be accepted.

What does it cost to nominate?

There is no cost to make an awards nomination, it is completely free!

However, please be aware that there will be a nominal fee for all attendees attendance (including shortlisted nominees) at the Awards Ceremony. The Ceremony will take will take place on the evening of Tuesday 11th June 2024 at Midlands Arts Centre. The fee for all attendees will be £15 and you can book onto the event via the below button.

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Can I nominate myself/my project?

Yes, absolutely! You can nominate for yourself or for somebody else (with their permission). There is only one category for which we ask you not to nominate yourself, which is the Changemaker Award.

Can I nominate the same person/project in several categories?

Of course! There’s no need to restrict yourself to just one category but it’s important to remember that you must complete a nomination form for each separate category.

I work in cross-art forms, or the art form I work within is not listed within a category, can I still apply?

 There are still a range of categories such as the New Partnerships Award, Pioneering Practitioners, Early Years Arts Award, Changemaker Award and Young Arts Achiever award which are not specific to any particular art form. In addition if your art form crosses boundaries between a range of art forms please do apply for the category that you feel is most relevant to your practice. For example poetry/literature based art projects could fall under both the Drama and Theatre Award as well as the Music Award.

How do a submit a nomination?

Each of the award categories has a separate online nomination form. Links to these forms are provided on this page of our website. We recommend that you read the Guidance for Applicants, which includes the nomination form questions for each category, as well as the assessment criteria by which it will be shortlisted and judged.

We would encourage you to use this information to pre-prepare your nomination. It isn’t possible to save the online form mid-way through completion.

I have access needs which mean I will struggle to complete an online form. Are there other options?

Yes. We’re very keen to ensure you’re able to submit nominations using an alternative format (such as video or audio) if you need to. Please contact us via bhavik.parmar@bep.education to discuss how we can help.

When will you announce shortlisted finalists?

Shortlisted finalists will be announced on or shortly after 25th May 2024 on our website and social media channels. There will be a maximum of three shortlisted candidates in each category. All submissions will receive an email to confirm if your nomination has been shortlisted or not.

It’s worth being aware that we will ask shortlisted finalists to provide us with some existing photos, videos or audio clips related to their project/nomination. Nothing too onerous, and we will provide further guidance if this applies to you.

How will the categories be judged?

For each category we will be convening a judging panel of three people. At least two of these people will be external to and independent of Birmingham Arts School/Birmingham Education Partnership. The panel will read all nominations for the category and will score them with reference to the published assessment criteria. There panels will shortlist three nominees and choose a winner from the three that will be announced at the event.


Who can I contact if I have questions that aren’t answered on this page or in the guidance document?

 Got an outstanding question? That’s fine. If you’ve read through this document fully and looked at the nomination form but still need clarity, email our Deputy Director of Birmingham Arts School, Bhavik.parmar@bep.education We are here to help!

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