The #Artskickers Awards uncovers, rewards and connects people who are creating pathways for disadvantaged communities into the arts world. We also platform emerging talent to support them on their journey.


The #Artskickers Awards uncovers, rewards and connects people who are

The first #Artskickers Awards happened on March 29, 2017 on the site of Shakespeare’s original Curtain Theatre (The Stage EC2) in Shoreditch. It was magic. See for yourself (VID)

This year’s Awards will happen on May 23. WATCH THIS SPACE…


Founded in January 2017 by arts activist Angie Gough (@TheArtsCrusader), the #Artskickers Awards is organised by a diverse team of volunteers from London and beyond. For 2018, Angie has joined forces with Well Street wonder woman Kay Richardson (@KickingKrich) to build on its success.

We’re always looking for volunteers to join our team – if you’d like to get involved, we’ll most definitely find a job for you so please HOLLER!

WHY… bother our #arts?

The creative industries contribute £92billion to the UK economy and are its fastest growing sector. Yet… the practice and study of drama, design, music and art is increasingly sidelined in schools. This cheeses us off.

Thankfully, there are lots of dedicated individuals and organisations who excel in impacting the lives of people, particularly the most disadvantaged, through the arts. People who go out of their way to provide pathways for young people to make their mark in the creative sector.

These people are the #Artskickers. And we love that they do what they do.


We’re piloting the Awards in East London, with a view to expanding across London and beyond.

With a population of over 276,000, East London is a global center for creativity and innovation. Yet the boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Tower Hamlets & Waltham Forest, consistently rank as having some of the highest levels of deprivation in the UK.

In Hackney alone (the borough we live in) 41% of kids live in poverty. We know for a fact that there’s a real disconnect between those who get to benefit from arts participation and those who don’t.

The #Artskickers are the individuals and organisations who – every day – ensure that disadvantaged communities get to experience the benefits of arts participation. Working in isolation, they’re making a big difference. Bringing them together to amplify their impact. BOOM!

 “Our vision is to create a powerful network of #Artskickers across East London and beyond. Join us!” [Angie Gough, Founder]


The first #Artskickers Awards had a bigger impact than we ever imagined. Turns out that uncovering, rewarding and connecting people has consequences. Good ones thankfully!


DiAndre Banks Silvera
Spoken Word Artist

“#Artskickers has opened so many doors, given me direction, given me a kick up the arts! I’m writing my first headline show. I’ve interviewed Rudimental, written for a magazine, performed for an ambassador and freestyled with a full orchestra – all experiences which are alien to me. Being thrown out of my comfort zone has helped me grow as an artist, but most importantly as a young man. Angie and Kay most definitely have been the cornerstone for me. Angels!”

Nesah Gonzales
Disney Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music

#Artskickers recognised my talent and helped me network, meeting Rudimental and putting me in touch with Susie at the Hackney Empire. It kept me active and helped boost my confidence to believe that using my talent to connect with others is the right thing. They are amazing people who support me on my journey all the way and are willing me on. I know I have friends by my side.

John Mulholland
The Guardian USA

Impressive, elegant, moving… a brilliant effort, recognising brilliant efforts.

Karen Pedro
Gayhurst Community School
Associate Head Teacher

What an amazing evening. The children were literally open-mouthed the whole time, it was such a fantastic experience for them.

Yinka Shonibare MBE
Artist & Member of The Royal Academy

It takes a community to raise an artist. The #Artskickers Awards is building that community. It’s a privilege to be part of this extraordinary event.

Denise Gough
Olivier Award winning Actress

Hands down, the best, most meaningful awards ceremony I’ve ever been to.

Angie Gough
Arts Kickers Awards

Our vision is to create a powerful network of #Artskickers across the UK. With proven success in East London, we’ve got ambitious plans to broaden our reach. Join us!

Melita Denaro
St. Joseph’s Hospice

What a wonderful evening it was, inspiring, moving and great craic. It was like being dipped in honey. Thank you.

Sarah McFadden
Rosetta Arts
Programme Coordinator

MASSIVE THANK YOU for arranging such a wonderful evening. We felt honoured to be included, and humbled by all of the amazing people and work going on around us.

Yinka Shonibare Studios

It really was one of the more inspirational evenings we’ve been to in a very long time.

Cultural Learning Alliance

Evidence shows that children who study the arts tend to do better in other subjects; they are more likely to attend university, and are more employable.

Sir Ken Robinson

When people find their medium, they discover their real creative strengths and come into their own. Helping people to connect with their personal creative capacities is the surest way to release the best they have to offer.

Sir Nicholas Serota

Learning through and about the arts enables young people to make, learn and express themselves. This is fundamental to achieving success in school and in later life.

Kay Richardson

The impact of the #Artskickers awards has been dynamic; new collaborations, networks and support all strengthening arts practice across East London. Do not underestimate the power of saying ‘Thank you ‘ to a room full of artists, facilitators and organisations who share the same vision and passion for the arts. The results are magical.