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
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
Paula Graham-Gazzard National Coordinator, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Gavin Barlow Chief Executive/Artistic Director, The Albany

Central co-ordination is led by a small team:

Anna Dever Campaign Manager
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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