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 Head of Campaign
Clair Donnelly Project Manager


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Shortlisted organisations for the Fantastic for Families Awards 2018

Fantastic for Families awards

2017 has been a busy year for family arts! We’ll be celebrating at an awards ceremony on 1st March,  where we shall recognise organisations who put on excellent events, welcomed families into their building, thought about the needs of older visitors, and considered the caring responsibilities of their staff. There’ll be at least one Award presented in each of the below categories. Well done to the below organisations who have been shortlisted by our expert judging panel.


Best Family Event Award

  • balletLORENT for Rumpelstiltskin
  • British Ceramics Biennial for The Clay Pit
  • Busy Parents Network for Bourneville BookFest 2017
  • The Lowry for The Topsy Turvy Family Arts Festival
  • MishMash Productions for Smile
  • Mousetrap Theatre Projects for Family First Nights
  • Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms & BBC National Orchestra of Wales for Relaxed Prom
  • Taking Flight Theatre for You’ve Got Dragons
  • Wild Rumpus for Just So Festival


Best Family Venue Award

  • artsdepot
  • Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park
  • Dylan Thomas Centre
  • Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
  • The Point (darts)


Best Family Welcome Award

  • Battersea Arts Centre & Turned on Its Head
  • darts | Doncaster Community Arts
  • MishMash Productions in partnership with Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries
  • Seven Stories | The National Centre for Children’s Books
  • Turner Contemporary


Best Age-Friendly Welcome Award

  • artsdepot
  • Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Manchester Museum


Best Family-Friendly Workplace Initiative

  • Donmar Warehouse
  • Prams in the Hall
  • soundLINCS
  • Stellar Quines
  • Tangled Feet


Audience Choice Award

Voted for by families – to be announced on 1st March at the Fantastic for Families Awards Ceremony!


Want to join us at the Awards Ceremony? You can reserve your place for free here. You can also join us during the day for a free sharing seminar on age-friendly practice.


> Attend the Ceremony


> Attend the Celebrating Age Sharing Seminar



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