The Sir Herbert Read Award is a lifetime achievement award to arts education in any context. It will be given at each of the World Congresses in which an individual can be selected who has made significant lifetime contributions to arts education in schools and society in his or her own country or throughout the World. The aim of the Sir Herbert Read Award is to acknowledge life-long contributions that have extended over a substantial period of time as a part of the career contributions that an individual has made to education through art.
These contributions can take the form of continuous and/or outstanding practical or theoretical contributions. For example, in some countries individuals who have developed new and effective forms of education through the arts might be candidates for the Sir Herbert Read Award. In other places individuals whose scholarly work has influenced the thinking of art educators in his or her own country or throughout the world might be candidates for the Sir Herbert Read Award.
Recipients of the Sir Herbert Read Award include: Brian Allison (1981); Jack Condous (1993), Elliot Eisner (1997), Ana Mae Barbosa (1999), Maryl Fletcher de Jong (2002), John Steers (2011). Richard Hickman, (2014). Saria Sidky (2017)