What is the Campaign about?

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The Family Arts Campaign is a national Sector Support Organisation funded by Arts Council England to raise family engagement with arts and culture.

Since our beginnings in 2012, we have focused on three main areas of work:

  • Increasing the amount and range of artistic work available to families
  • Increasing the quality of experience for families
  • Improving marketing to reach more families


We are here to support National Portfolio Organisations, museums, libraries, community groups, individuals, and anyone else looking to better connect families with arts and culture.

You can take part by signing up to the free Family Arts Standards and Age-Friendly Standards quality-marks, by attending training and events, or accessing our online resources library. You can also promote all of your family and age-friendly events for free as part of our Fantastic for Families  campaign.

Who is running the Campaign?

We are a cross-sector and cross-artform initiative steered by a consortium of ten organisations and trade bodies. Our lead partner organisation is The Albany.

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The campaign is overseen by a Project Board:

Helen Featherstone  CEO, Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust
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
Gavin Barlow Chief Executive/Artistic Director, The Albany
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
Paula Graham-Gazzard National Coordinator, Contemporary Visual Arts Network

Central co-ordination is led by a small team:

Anna Dever Campaign Manager
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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