What is the Campaign about?

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The Family Arts Campaign is a national Sector Support Organisation funded by Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation 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.

Logos of consortium partners: AMA, CVAN, ITS, One Dance UK, Society of London Theatre, UK Theatre, The Albany, Kids in Museums, ABO, The Audience Agency


The campaign is overseen by a Project Board:

Matthew Swann(Interim chair) Chief Executive, City of London Sinfonia
Sebastian CaterHead of UK Theatre and Workforce Development, UK Theatre
Charlotte JonesChief Executive, Independent Theatre Council
Cath HumeExecutive Director, Arts Marketing Association
Robert O’DowdChief Executive, Rose Theatre Kingston
Gavin BarlowChief Executive/Artistic Director, The Albany
Mark PembertonDirector, Association of British Orchestras
Anne TorreggianiExecutive Director, The Audience Agency
Karla Barnacle-Best CEO, Discover Children’s Story Centre
Alison Bowyer and Laura BedfordExecutive Director and Head of Programmes, Kids in Museums
Paula OrrellDirector, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Frederick HopkinsHead of Business Development and Membership, One Dance UK
Sarah Mears and Liz McMillanProgramme Manager, Libraries Connected / Libraries and Culture Services Manager, Slough Borough Council 


Central co-ordination team:

Anna DeverHead of Campaign
Rukhsana JahangirCampaign Manager
Sophie EvansDigital Marketing Manager
Daniela GerstmannDigital Marketing Officer

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Family Arts Festival Award Winners!

We’re pleased to announce the winning events and organisations of the 2014 Family Arts Festival!

All awards are based 100% on public ratings of Family Arts Festival events. This year’s winners are:

Best Family Event

Arcola Theatre for ‘The Three Sillies: an old folk tale’ with Scratchbuilt Productions and Small Truth Thatre
Big Fish Little Fish Productions for ‘Family Rave’
Forth Bridges Accordion Band for ‘Band Practice Open Evening’
Nottingham Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall for ‘Family Music Day’
Herringbone Arts for ‘Secret Stairway’ at Brighton Theatre Royal

Best Family Venue

Arcola Theatre
Bo’ness Public Primary School
Middleton Cheney Library
Oldham Coliseum
Theatre Royal Brighton

Best Family Welcome

Arcola Theatre
Bristol Old Vic
Forth Bridges Accordion Band
Oldham Coliseum
Theatre Royal Brighton

Winning organisations will be presented with their awards by Laura Dyer, Executive Director of Arts Council England, at a ceremony this evening.

This year’s Family Arts Festival will take place 9 October – 1 November. Find our more about how to take part here.

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