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:

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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Fantastic for Families Award Winners announced

UK’s most family-friendly arts and cultural organisations recognised.

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  • Winners of the national Fantastic for Families Awards 2018 have been revealed at an awards ceremony at Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds
  • Eight awards were presented across 5 categories, judged by a team of experts in arts and culture for families
  • 12 organisations were recognised across the Awards which included Best Family Event, Venue and Welcome

The Fantastic for Families Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday 1st March 2018 at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds, recognising outstanding contributors to arts and culture for families. Awards recognised the most engaging events for families taking place over the last year as well as highlighting the outstanding organisers amongst the huge variety of organisations welcoming families across the UK.

Awards also recognised those who have considered the needs of older family members visiting an event, as well as organisations who have responded to the caring responsibilities of their own staff.

And the winners are:

Best Family Event Award

  • British Ceramics Biennial for The Clay Pit
  • The Lowry for The Topsy Turvy Family Arts Festival
  • Royal Albert Hall,BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Proms for Relaxed Prom

Best Family Venue Award

  • Dylan Thomas Centre

Best Family Welcome Award

  • MishMash Productions in partnership with Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries for their run of Smile

Best Age-Friendly Welcome Award

  • artsdepot

Best Family-Friendly Workplace Initiative
In association with Parents in Performing Arts

  • soundLINCS
  • Tangled Feet

PLUS: The Fantastic for Families Audience Choice Award went to:

  • Big Fish Little Fish Productions

Fantastic for Families has been designed to help families to discover affordable and relevant quality arts and cultural activities from trusted organisers in their local area.

Daren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said: Whatever the shape of your family the arts can provide it with happiness, with pleasure, with things to do together to create together and to remember together.

If you’d like to be eligible for next year’s Awards you need to have participated in the Fantastic for Families campaign by uploading your family event listing to fantasticforfamilies.com.


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