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


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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 Eakin, (Chair) Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Peter Helps Chief Executive, Sinfonia Viva
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 Direcotor, 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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Training & Events

Training & Events


To access our free online Family Arts training click here.

For details of training events being offered by the Family Arts Campaign and our partners see below:


Creative workshop for practitioners

Date: 19th November 2016

11am – 4pm
Mission Gallery, Swansea
Led by David Chambers of Aberrant Architecture

This is a professional development opportunity for practitioners and producers involved in making work and designing activities for community involvement.

In this creative and practical workshop, David Chambers will lead participants in exploring and developing innovative ideas to reflect and reveal embedded local knowledge within a particular place. We will share techniques to uncover unique spatial and cultural histories and the desires of the people who live and work there.

The collaborative and narrative-based processes utilised by Aberrant Architecture will be explored and discussed, alongside a surprising and colourful survey of historic participatory processes. Such strategies will be collectively reappraised from a realistic contemporary perspective. Considering day-to-day issues for communities and for practitioners, participants will identify and test what we can learn from these historic case studies and evolving methodologies.

To find out more about the work of Aberrant Architecture, please visit www.aberrantarchitecture.com

The workshop will be participatory and is designed to offer practitioners time and space and stimulus to explore ideas and share experiences with peers. 

Expressions of interest

For further information and an application form click here. Please submit applications  to familyarts@fieldworking.co.uk by Friday 11 November 2016. This workshop is open for application by anyone working in the creative industries however please note that spaces are limited and if demand is high then priority will be given to practitioners who are either based in or have a professional relationship with organisations in Wales.


Apply here


Making it Possible: the return!

Date: 1st December 2016


Date: 7th November 2016

Date: 15th November 2016

Raising Films will be holding a series of three one-day personal & career development days across the UK to help those who have taken a career break for caring responsibilities to focus on their goals, plan a route to achieve them and address the specific barriers and challenges they face. You might still be on maternity/paternity leave; be back at work but concerned you will stagnate in your career due to juggling work with domestic demands; or you may be fired up to advance your career but struggling to make it happen.

Supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds, and Directors UK.


More information here

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Safeguarding for Performing Arts Companies

Date: 5th December 2016

10am – 5pm
The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG

This course run by our partners the Independent Theatre Council aims to help you identify and understand safeguarding concerns, issues and responsibilities when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

By the end of the course you will have explored and have an understanding of:

  • The safeguarding issues that you may encounter in workshop, performance and workplace settings.
  • The necessity for the prompt and effective reporting of incidents and concerns.
  • Relevant legislation.
  • DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) requirements.
  • How to create and implement a Safeguarding Policy and Procedure for your organisation.

‘It was useful to think about the subject in more depth and get ideas on how to develop a policy.’ Ellen Chambers


This course is an informal seminar with plenty of opportunity for questions, discussion and learning from fellow-participants’ experiences.

Target Audience

The course is aimed primarily at those that work with and provide performing arts activities and performances for and with children, young people and vulnerable adults.


Roger Lang is an experienced general manager and administrative director who has worked with a number of leading theatre companies, including Oily Cart which works with very young children and children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, and Spare Tyre which creates participatory work with people aged 60 plus, including those with dementia, and learning disabled adults. He also worked for ITC as its Young People’s Theatre Manager.


Book three weeks in advance for our early bird offer of £100+VAT (£120) for ITC members and £160+VAT (£192) for non-members.

The full price of the course is £125+VAT (£150) for ITC members and £175+VAT (£210) for non-members.

Book here

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Family Arts Conference 2017

Date: 15th March 2017

St George’s Bristol

Early Bird tickets available now for just £99 + VAT.

A 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.

Further programme details to be released soon but highlights will include:

  • UK & international perspectives on welcoming older people as part of the family experience
  • New insights on arts-based approaches to inclusion and diversity
  • Findings from new research on family audiences and participation from Arts Council England and others
  • Exciting new developments announced on the Family Arts Campaign’s plans to support the sector

“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

Book here



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