What is the Campaign about?

Welsh language information

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  Deputy Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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
Gavin Barlow Chief Executive/Artistic Director, The Albany
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
Paula Graham-Gazzard National Coordinator, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Helen Laws Head of Industry and Artist Support

Central co-ordination is led by a small team:

Anna Dever Head of Campaign
Clair Donnelly Project Manager


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The Family Arts Campaign in Wales, 2015 – 2017

We’re delighted to let you know that Fieldwork, in partnership with the UK Family Arts Campaign team, will be running the Family Arts Campaign in Wales for the Arts Council of Wales for the period 2015 – 2017.

There is now significant momentum and interest in the aims of the campaign on which to build over the next two years, as well as some distinct programmes of activity that they’ll be developing.

One priority will focus on supporting the development of Family Arts Networks. Out of last year networks with roots in Swansea and in North Wales have got up and running and Fieldwork will be working to establish at least two further networks. They’ll also be encouraging links with the extensive network successfully established in England, sharing knowledge and good practice along the way.

After the success of Are We There Yet? last year, there’s a second national symposium planned for early 2016. From this we anticipate generating a collection of new creative development opportunities and exploring European links which are being nurtured through the Family Arts Campaign Europe initiative being led by the UK team.

Do get in touch

If there’s anything about the Campaign in Wales that you’d like to discuss please get in touch with Ceri Jones and Chris Ricketts at Fieldwork: familyarts@fieldworking.co.uk.


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