Over five years, from 2000 to 2004, the Artworks Awards rewarded exciting teaching in art & design, in which artists and works of art were the inspiration for teachers and young people aged up to 18.
Each year, well over 500 schools submitted stories of projects inspired by works of art, artists, galleries and other resources. Winning projects were selected by a panel of judges comprising prominent artists, gallery directors and education experts. Winning schools were given signed, limited-edition prints by some of the UK's best known artists as well as substantial cash prizes (£2,000 per school) to develop new projects. Each year, teachers and their pupils attended prestigious award ceremonies at Tate Modern. Attracting extensive media coverage, the role of the Awards in celebrating and raising the profile of the work of teachers was always described as being of equal importance to the material prizes.
Over the five years, 144 Awards were won by nursery, primary, secondary, special and hospital schools as well as pupil referral units across the UK. Awards were given to projects that were judged to be inspiring and inventive, carefully planned and well-executed and which challenged teachers and pupils; broadening their horizons and stretching their understanding of art & design. Projects spanned a diverse range of approaches, starting points and materials; winning projects included a contemporary re-interpretation of Hogarth's Marriage a la Mode using digital technology, a nursery child inspiring her classmates with a visit to the Angel of the North, and a collective response in pastels and sculpture to the devastation caused by foot and mouth disease in Cumbria.