We’ve got 5 categories and a competition.

⚡Community Superhero
⚡Kickstarter
⚡Smartist
⚡Teacher
⚡Future Artist Competition
⚡Chief Artskicker

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The Community SUPERHERO Award

This award will recognise the exceptional individuals, groups, specific-projects, venues and organisations working to encourage participation in the arts in your local community. Someone giving other people a good old-fashioned #KickUpTheArts.

The winner of this award could be up to anything -running workshops, organising events, making us dance or sing or paint the streets. They’re most likely to be filling out mountains of paperwork and chasing that fabled unicorn some of us call ‘Funding’. These individuals or groups will stop at nothing to ensure everyone in their community gets the chance to play at being an artist.

They are the Supermen and Wonder Women of your local arts scene.

⚡We’re gonna give an award to an INDIVIDUAL and an ORGANISATION in this category⚡

⚡The KickstARTer Award

An organization or individual carrying out exceptional work in supporting and/or enabling emerging artists of all disciplines to pursue a career in the arts.

Kickstarters know the ropes. They don’t just know what to say – they know who to talk to. They know that all too often even the most gifted climbers need a hand up.

Kickstarters show us the ropes. These #Artskickers are the heroes who know their way around the Batcave. They are the people who mentor, support and stand by our side as we seek to pursue a career in the arts.

They’re helping others to help themselves, now help us celebrate these Kickstarters.

The Artskicking Teacher Award

This award seeks to reward the teacher whose imagination and passion inspires young people in the pursuit of creativity.

These #Artskickers are hidden in schools, homes, galleries and all manner of places across East London – they might be teaching tap or singing (in the rain…). Heck, you can even nominate your Mum!

Good teachers teach you to think like them. GREAT teachers teach you to think like yourself.

Good teachers are quick to spot mistakes. Great teachers… don’t believe in mistakes!

We need you to tell us who they are, what they do and give them a massive THANK YOOOOU!!!

The SmARTist Award

A business, social enterprise, organisation or individual who’s really smart and innovative when it comes to running their creative business.

Smartists are innovators. Some of them have harnessed the power of the world wide web and are spinning it into ever more imaginative things. Some have converted their house-boat into a bookshop and are spreading the word(s). Some once met a few yak in Nepal and are now making a life selling their wool in the local market.

All of them remind us that ‘p’ becomes ‘party’ when you add a little ‘arty’…

East London is teeming with Smartists and we want to hear about them. Who are the ones buzzing about finding ever more #artskicking ways to make East London the greatest pARTy on the planet?

The Chief Artskicker Award

Chief Artskickers are a rare breed. They are ‘The Ones’ that made the mould and broke the mould and consistently use their peculiar brand of magic for good.

They inspire. They lead the charge.

Our judges will honour a Chief Artskicker at the #Artskickers Awards ceremony on March 29.

Hmm, who to choose….

The Future Artist Award

Calling all artists of tomorrow… You fabulous Future Artists. Create some art at home or in your local community and tell us about it by sending us a picture or video

⚡Paint the pavements with chalk ⚡ Write something and read it aloud ⚡ Sing us a song ⚡ Yarnbomb a tree / bike rack / your brother – anything goes (so long as it’s legal 😉 )

Take a picture or video, tell us your age and who you are and either

  1. submit your entry using our online system OR
  2. email it to hello@artskickersawards.com

To keep it as fair as we can, there are 2 categories in the Future Artist competition, ages 5 – 12 and 13 – 18

PRIZES include a whole load of art supplies and the chance to be featured in your very own exhibition or rooftop concert (if performance is your thing) at Bootstrap Gallery. More details HERE.