What is the Campaign about?

Welsh language information

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:

Association of British Orchestras Independent Theatre Council Society of London Theatre UK THEATRE_CORE_rgb_100





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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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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