What is the Campaign about?

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The Family Arts Campaign is a large scale, national collaborative programme led by the visual and performing arts sectors to increase levels of arts engagement by families. The Campaign focuses on three main areas of work:

  • Increasing the amount and range of high-quality content available
  • Increasing the quality of experience
  • Improving marketing

 

Who is the Campaign for?

This Campaign is primarily aimed at increasing and broadening audiences and participants for the visual and performing arts sectors generally, though our work is focused on those organisations who are members of our partner organisations, as well as ACE’s National Portfolio Organisations (NPOs).

Other organisations not part of one of the identified groups above, including museums, libraries, and educational establishements, are also welcome and encouraged to access all aspects of the Campaign.

Who is running the Campaign?

The Family Arts Campaign is an initiative of ten organisations & trade bodies:

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Between 2012 – 2015 the consortium was awarded an initial grant of National Lottery funds by Arts Council England to develop a campaign focusing on the development of family arts engagement. The Campaign is currently funded by ACE until March 2017.

 

The Family Arts Campaign in Wales is being run for the Arts Council of Wales by Fieldwork in partnership with the UK Family Arts Campaign team, until April 2017. fieldworking.co.uk

 

The campaign is overseen by a Project Board:

Michael Eakin (Chair) Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Charlotte Jones Chief Executive, Independent Theatre Council
Cath Hume Executive Director, Arts Marketing Association
Robert O’Dowd Chief Executive, Rose Theatre Kingston
Julian Bird Chief Executive, Society of London Theatre
Shipra Ogra Producer, London Bubble
Mark Pemberton Director, Association of British Orchestras
Katy Spicer Chief Executive & Artistic Director, efdss
Anne Torreggiani Executive Director, The Audience Agency
Karla Barnacle-Best CEO, Discover Children’s Story Centre
Lisa Mead Artistic Director, Apples and Snakes
Gordon Dalton National Coordinator, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Gavin Barlow Chief Executive/Artistic Director, The Albany
Cassie Chadderton Head of UK Theatre & Membership Development, UK Theatre

Central co-ordination is led by a small team:

Jenny Daly Head of Campaign
Clair Donnelly  Project Manager

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Get Creative Family Arts Festival Award Winners Announced!

10 awards have been given to organisations across the UK for their outstanding contribution to the 2016 Get Creative Family Arts Festival

The Get Creative Family Arts Festival Awards took place on Tuesday 14th March 2017 at Circomedia  in Bristol and celebrated arts organisations that excelled in the categories of Best Family Event, Best Family Venue, and Best Family Welcome during last year’s Festival, along with new categories Best Age-Friendly Event and Best Family-Friendly Workplace.

Voted for by a panel of expert judges from the arts sector, the Awards recognise the outstanding events that took place within 2016 Festival and the organisations and venues that participated.

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And the Winners are…

Best Family Event:

  • Arnolfini and partners for Bristol Family Arts Festival Finale
  • Big Fish Little Fish and Museum of London Docklands for Hidden Treasures and Sea Legends
  • Thelma Hulbert Gallery for Halloween Party
  • Orchestras Live and City of London Sinfonia for Lullaby Concerts

Best Family Venue:

  • artsdepot

Best Family Welcome:

  • St George’s Bristol (various events)
  • Busy Parents Network and Barber Institute of Fine Art for event Carnival of the Animals

Best Age-Friendly Event

  • St Georges Bristol and Cardiff County & Vale of Glamorgan Symphonic Brass for Lunchtime Concert

Best Family-Friendly Workplace

  • tutti frutti productions

Audience Choice Award

  •  Big Fish Little Fish Productions for event Family Rave

Highly Commended

  • Wigmore Hall for Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom
  • Liverpool Phil for Family Concerts
  • MishMash Productions for Hubbub
  • Discovery Centre and Z-arts for Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park for Capture, Snap, Play: Photography for Tiny Children
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Fountation Trust for GOSH Family Arts Week
  • Oxford Philharmonic for FUNomusica: Just the Job!

Over 800 organisations took part in the 2016 festival, which took place throughout October 2016.  Around 500,000 family members attended one of the 4,000 festival events across the UK.

2017 will see the Family Arts Festival turn into a year-round listings website and promotional campaign championing the arts to families. Sign up to the Family Arts newsletter to be part of the first marketing campaign this May half-term.

 

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