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:

Cassie Chadderton Head of UK Theatre & Membership Development, UK Theatre
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
Matthew Swann Chief Executive, City of London Sinfonia
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

Central co-ordination is led by a small team:

Jenny Daly Head of Campaign
Clair Donnelly  Project Manager


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Arts Award for Families: Discover in a Day

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Have you thought of running Arts Award Discover in a day? By taking part in arts activities and finding out about artists & their work and sharing what they’ve done, families can complete Arts Award Discover and children can receive a certificate from Trinity College London. Discover can be done in one visit or spread out across several – and even more than one venue! Find out more here  It can be a good way of encouraging repeat visits and building up a lasting relationship with family audiences.

Any art form can be used, from drama and literature to stone carving and ceramics or a mixture. Discover is all about discovering and enjoying the arts as part of everyday life as well as in galleries, theatres and historic buildings. You can read about how some museums and galleries have done Arts Award with families here and watch a short film here

To run Discover, you will need a trained Arts Award adviser. If no one in your organisation has trained at Discover and Explore level, you can find upcoming training courses across the country on the Arts Award website

If you need any help or advice, please contact the Arts Award helpdesk on 0207 8206178 or artsawardenquiries@trinitycollege.co.uk



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