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The Power of Public Art - An Arts Award Bronze Online Project

Are you between 11-18 years old and looking for a new activity to do outside of school? Why not join our Power of Public Art project and learn new skills, make new friends and gain an Arts Award Bronze Qualification?


Image of a girl wearing a hijab painting onto the gable end of a house
By Lauren R, participant of Capturing Lives 2020

From statues to street art

In this programme, join artists, students and arts professionals from the University of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Art Festival, the University of Stirling to explore a wide range of public art forms from statues to street art. The programme will take place online, with optional in person campus art tours in April (COVID restrictions permitting), and will draw on the art collections of all participating institutions to inspire you in creating your own art. Open to all young people aged 11-18 from across Scotland, no previous artistic experience necessary!

The power of art to make change

We'll think about the power of art to do good and give a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. We'll look, for example, at the Black Lives Matter Mural Trail which was set up this year in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. We'll also look at the different ways that public art represents, contributes to, or changes the places that we live in.

Hands on activities

Each week, we'll explore a different theme (see overview below) and guide you in a hands on art activity which will contribute to the Arts Award Bronze qualification. Don't worry if you don't have a lot of arts or crafts materials at home: we'll send out a pack of materials to everyone taking part during the first week.

Learn from artists and students

Laptop wearing mask spray painted onto brick wall
By Jackson G, participant of Capturing Lives 2020

We'll post weekly resources online (usually in the form of short videos) which will be made by students, arts professionals and artists from the participating institutions. Everyone taking part will also be allocated a current student as a mentor who will lead our weekly discussion group sessions and help you to complete the activities. We estimate that as well as the one hour discussion group sessions, you'll spend up to two hours a week completing the activities (although this will vary a lot from person to person).

Meet new people

Each of you will be put in a discussion group with 8-9 others who you'll have an online catch up with once per week. This means you can complete the activities using the online resources at your own pace but then come together to talk about it with the others in your group. We hope this'll allow you to meet new friends from all over Scotland.

Gain the Arts Award Bronze qualification

At the end of the 8 week programme, those who have completed the required activities will gain the Arts Award Bronze qualification, a recogonized qualification on the Registered Qualification Framework, moderated by Trinity College London. We'll explain the requirements for the Award at the start of the programme but we've designed the programme in such a way that everyone who completes it should be able to get the Award. You can read more about the Award here

Sign up now

The programme will run for 8 weeks from the week beginning 8th February to the week beginning the 29th of March. The online catch-ups with your discussion groups will take place either during the week after school or on Saturdays, we'll ask you to let us know when you sign up, what times suit you best.

Please note that the deadline for signing up has now passed and all places have been allocated. If you signed up you should hear from us by Wednesday 3rd February if you have been offered a place.

This programme is sponsored by the Arts Award Access Fund and University of Edinburgh Museums and is free for all to take part in. Please note, that due to our funding restrictions, we will prioritise applicants who meet the University's Widening Participation criteria or have taken part in our previous Arts Award Programme. You meet the Widening Participation criteria if any of the below apply to you:

  • Live in an SIMD20 area
  • Attend a SHEP School
  • Are eligible for free school meals
  • Are young carers
  • Are care-experienced
  • Come from a refugee/asylum seeking background
  • Are estranged

Don't have an internet connection or a device to use? Get in touch with us on to see how we can help. You can also email us on if you have any other questions.

Programme Participants: The weekly content for the Programme can be found here.