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:

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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:

Michael Ealin (Chair) Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Emma Gladstone Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Dance Umbrella
Julie Aldridge  Executive Director, Arts Marketing Association
Robert O’Dowd Chief Executive, Rose Theatre Kingston
Julia Potts UK Business Development Director, Ambassadors Theatre Group
Shipra Ogra Producer, London Bubble
Derek Aldridge Theatre Director, Wyvern Theatre
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
Julia Bell National Coordinator, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Gavin Barlow Chief Executive/Artistic Director, The Albany
Robin Simpson  Chief Executive, Voluntary Arts
 Mark Pemberton  Director, Association of British Orchestras
 Julian Bird  Chief Executive, Society of London Theatre
 Charlotte Jones   Chief Executive, Independent Theatre Council
 Cassie Chadderton  Head of UK Theatre & Membership Development, UK Theatre

Central co-ordination is led by a small team:

David Brownlee Campaign Director
Jenny Daly Campaign Manager
Clair Donnelly  Communications & Administration Officer

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Family Arts Conference 2017

Welsh language version

Wednesday 15 March
St George’s Bristol and Watershed, Bristol
10am Registration & Coffee, event 10.30am-5.30pm

Early Bird tickets available until 31st Jan for just £99 + VAT.

Over 20 speakers confirmed so far for this major cross-artform event exploring age, diversity and inclusion in family arts.

Chief Executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley will join us to welcome arts professionals from across the UK to learn and share best practice in working with families.

Including speakers from a wide range of organisations including Arnolfini, Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham, Z-arts, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

 

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Schedule

10am               Registration and coffee

10.30am          Morning session: new insights on arts-based approaches to inclusion and diversity

Deputy Mayor of Bristol Cllr Estella Tincknell will speak on the role of arts in diverse and socio-economically disparate cities.

Bristol Family Arts Network, organisers of the large-scale Bristol Family Arts Festival, on diversity and inclusion at the heart of Bristol’s cultural provision. Keynote from Clare Karslake from Arnolfini, Roseanna Dias from Watershed, and Amy Harrison from The Architecture Centre.

UK & international perspectives on welcoming older people as part of the family experience from Kate Organ, expert on arts and ageing and former consultant for Baring Foundation, and representatives from European initiative Long Live Arts.

1pm            Lunch with a performance from St George’s

1.55pm       Breakout sessions

Working with older people and families: panel session with Emma Robinson from Age Cymru and its Gwanwyn Festival, Jill Rezzano from New Vic Stoke and its Ages and Stages programme, and others.

Marketing to families: a panel session with marketing teams from leading UK family arts organisations, discussing innovative approaches to reaching families.

Developing diversity in family audiences: panel session with Liz O’Neill, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Z-arts, Emma Spencer, Arts & Creativity Coordinator at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Rachel Clarke, Communications & Press Officer for Knowle West Media Centre, and Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, Directors of Wild Rumpus and Just So Festival

A family-friendly workplace: how family-friendly is the arts sector to its employees? Panel session with Anna Ehnold-Danailov and Cassie Raine, co-founders of Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA), and Nicola Smith, Founder of We Are Resident, who provide international residency opportunities for parents working as artists.

3.15pm      Afternoon session: relaxed performances, research findings and future activity

Selling relaxed performances: panel session including Chris Proctor, programme manager for Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham and organiser of their Relaxed Concerts with James Rowney and Orchestra of the Swan, and others.

Keynote: Leo Sharrock, Director of Data Platforms at The Audience Agency and Jonathon Blackburn, Senior Policy and Research Officer at Arts Council England, present findings from new research on family audiences and participation.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, on the past, present and future of family arts and its importance to Arts Council England’s strategic plan.

Family Arts Campaign Manager Jenny Daly on new initiatives and ways to engage with the Family Arts Campaign.

5.30-6.30pm   Networking drinks reception

 

 

“So many interesting things: hearing about a range of offers for families was very useful.”
“It allowed time to think and understand how families perceive our offer – lots of food for thought.”
“I will keep this inspiration with me when looking at my own upcoming collaborations.”
– Delegates, 2015 Family Arts Conference

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The Family Arts Conference is sponsored by Spektrix and Supercool.
Family Arts Campaign is supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

Supported by ACE. Sponsored by Spektrix & Supercool

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