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Arts Award

New Writing North is proud to be an Arts Award Supporter organisation.

Arts Award supports children and young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. It deepens engagement with arts and culture, develops both creative and leadership skills, and importantly Arts Award leads to a national qualification.

Through the five different levels of Arts Award, children and young people aged up to 25 can explore any art form. The award builds confidence, helps young people engage and enjoy cultural activities and prepares them for further education and employment.

At New Writing North we are committed to supporting young people, projects, schools and writers to help more young people to achieve Arts Award, and to raise awareness of the award and its opportunities. We have considerable staff expertise and can support at all levels from Discover to Gold.

New Writing North is also happy to talk to your school or group about how we can run an Arts Award programme related to creative writing with you. We can advise on writers who are Arts Award trained and who can lead your project.

For further information on Arts Award please visit the national website

We run activities that young people, schools and groups can use towards their Arts Award

These include:

  • Workshops and masterclasses
  • Tickets to arts and cultural events, which young people can review via Cuckoo Review
  • Opportunities to find out more about writers and cultural opportunities in their area
  • A chance to lead arts project and develop leadership skills
  • The opportunity for young people to publish and share their writing with others (fiction, poetry and non-fiction) via Cuckoo Chronicle
  • Advice from professional writers, journalists and musicians at


We welcome participation in our projects from young people, and for over 18’s there are work experience and volunteering opportunities, including working on the Durham Book Festival.

New Writing North is featured, alongside other arts and cultural organisations in the region, in Culture Bridge’s Arts Award brochure. You can download it here.

You can find New Writing North on the Arts Award centre map here.

To find out more about how we can support you with Arts Award please contact Lizzie Nixon on or call 0191 2048841.

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To find out more about our current projects or to enquire about how we can work with your school or organisation please contact Lizzie Nixon on 0191 2048841 or email

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