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Metal, who manage Idea1, are an Arts Award Supporter organisation. This means they’re an organisation that can offer activities and opportunities that young people can make use of when working towards getting an Arts Award.

If you’re doing an Arts Award you will find the Idea1 website really useful – we’ve got some suggestions for ways you may find it helpful at the bottom of this page…

What is Arts Award?

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through setting personal challenges in an art form of their choice – from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry and beyond.

Offered at five different levels (Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver & Gold), young people get to:

  • enjoy participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity, communication and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • work with or experience the work of creative arts professionals
  • gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment


Young people reflect on their progress, recording and evidencing their learning in a variety of ways to produce a portfolio as a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported and assessed by a trained Arts Award adviser.   (For more information go to

If you work with young people and are interested in finding out more about delivering Arts Award in Peterborough contact Rosy Prue, Arts Award Coordinator at PHACE (Peterborough’s Cultural Partnership for Children & Young People) –


Here are some ways in which you can use Idea1 to support you to achieve your Arts Award:

  • You can use it to find opportunities to take part in arts activities, workshops and other hands-on creative possibilities that will build your practical skills as a young artist.
  • You can use it to find arts events to attend and review as an audience member…a theatre show, an exhibition, a gig…?
  • In fact, Idea1 are regularly looking for young reporters to go to local arts events for free (the ticket is on them!) and to report back by writing a review to publish on the website. Take your first steps as an arts critic and share your opinions with the rest of Peterborough! Here’s a downloadable document with helpful hints and tips when reviewing an event, click here. 
  • You can use the ‘Featured Artist’ and ‘Idea1.TV’ sections of the website to find out about artists and arts organisationsIf you’d like to find out more about a particular artist or arts organisation, we may even be able to put you in touch with them directly.
  • Use it to promote your own arts workshops, projects and events to the general public – this might be useful to you if you’re doing your Silver & Gold arts leadership unit.
  • If you’re working on your Gold Unit 1 you can use it to look for training, volunteering, and work placement opportunities for Part B – keep an eye on the Blog section for things that come up.
  • You could write and submit a blog article on your chosen arts issue for Gold Unit 1 Part D – this would be particularly relevant if your issue relates to the arts in Peterborough.


(NB. Not all events or activities advertised may be suitable for all ages – so do check out the information to see if it’s age-appropriate!)


So…make sure you take a regular look at the Idea1 website to keep an eye on what’s happening in the arts in Peterborough…and make use of it to help you achieve your Arts Award!


If you’d like to sign up to the weekly e-newsletter so that information lands straight in your inbox every Friday or if you’re interested in being a young reporter for Idea1 please contact




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