Project information

Children's Arts Awards

ACA's annual Children's Arts Awards aim to raise awareness of the vital contribution made by the arts to children's happiness and well-being by giving public recognition to artists of all kinds who make work for children.

ACA's Children's Arts Awards is an annual event, taking place in the autumn.

Charity information: Action for Children's Arts

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  • Need


    The arts for children have a lower public profile and benefit from less public funding than the arts for adult audiences. There is nothing in the world of children's arts comparable to events such as the BAFTAs, the Booker Prize, the Turner Prize or the Olivier Awards, to attract media attention and stimulate debate about what makes good art for children.


    By turning our existing small-scale awards into a major national event we hope to put children's arts on a par, in the public imagination, with the arts for older generations. We will be able to extend the range of awards and give them the prestige they deserve.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise public awareness of children's arts.


    » We will use an annual Children's Arts Awards presentation to focus public attention on the artists who make work for children in all the arts.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the televising of the Children's Arts Awards.

    Aim 2

    To give public recognition to individuals and organisations in the field of children's arts.


    » We will create new awards to cover the full range of art forms and reward achievement in all sectors.

    What success will look like

    Success will be more people tweeting about children's arts and artists.

    Aim 3

    To give more people, including children, a voice in making nominations for awards.


    » We will invite nominations not only from our own members but from other cultural and educational sectors.

    What success will look like

    Success will be receiving nominations from children at 500 primary schools by 2020.

  • Impact


    A higher profile for children's arts will lead to more theatres, galleries, music and dance companies, broadcasters and film makers presenting more work aimed at children as audiences. We will use information provided by national funding bodies and other cultural agencies to measure change.


    There is a risk that ACA, as a charity run by volunteers, might over-extend itself by taking on too big a workload in the development and promotion of a programme of national awards. We have dealt with this risk by putting in place procedures which ensure that this programme, like all our activities, is planned on a realistic basis in terms of finance, management and personnel.


    Funders of this project will receive our monthly email newsletter and regular updates at each stage of the programme, from initial plan through nominations to presentations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Venue Venue hire including catering
      £3,000 Event Cost of awards, programmes etc
      £5,000 Management Event management fees, inc PR
      £2,000 Administration Finance, reporting, communications etc
  • Background


    The 2012 Children's Arts Award will take place at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London. Previous events have each taken place at a different venue, sometimes provided free of charge or at reduced cost by one of our member organisations. Annual costs given in our outline budget are based on continued use of BAFTA or a venue of a similar nature.


    Children will be the principal long-term beneficiaries. Others include artists who make work for children, children's arts organisations, schools and parents.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Action for Children's Arts is unique in the UK as a national charity promoting and supporting all the arts (performing, visual, literary, broadcast, digital) for all children (0-12).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Wood OBE

    David Wood is the Chair of ACa's board of trustees. He instigated our current awards programme and plays an active part in fund-raising.

    Vicky Ireland MBE

    Vicky Ireland is Vice-Chair of ACA's Board and Chair of the Executive Committee, a group of volunteers who managed the charity's affairs.

Roger McGough CBE, ACA Patron

Roger McGough CBE, ACA Patron