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:

Helen FeatherstoneDeputy Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Hannah GagenAdvocacy Manager, Society of London Theatre / 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
Matthew Swann (Interim Chair)Chief Executive, City of London Sinfonia
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
Rose CopseyCommunications Manager, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Frederick HopkinsHead of Business Development and Membership, One Dance UK

 

Central co-ordination is led by a small team:

Anna DeverHead of Campaign
Clair DonnellyProject Manager
Rukhsana JahangirFamily Arts Network Coordinator
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Get Creative Family Arts Festival Award Winners Announced!

10 awards have been given to organisations across the UK for their outstanding contribution to the 2016 Get Creative Family Arts Festival

The Get Creative Family Arts Festival Awards took place on Tuesday 14th March 2017 at Circomedia  in Bristol and celebrated arts organisations that excelled in the categories of Best Family Event, Best Family Venue, and Best Family Welcome during last year’s Festival, along with new categories Best Age-Friendly Event and Best Family-Friendly Workplace.

Voted for by a panel of expert judges from the arts sector, the Awards recognise the outstanding events that took place within 2016 Festival and the organisations and venues that participated.

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And the Winners are…

Best Family Event:

  • Arnolfini and partners for Bristol Family Arts Festival Finale
  • Big Fish Little Fish and Museum of London Docklands for Hidden Treasures and Sea Legends
  • Thelma Hulbert Gallery for Halloween Party
  • Orchestras Live and City of London Sinfonia for Lullaby Concerts

Best Family Venue:

  • artsdepot

Best Family Welcome:

  • St George’s Bristol (various events)
  • Busy Parents Network and Barber Institute of Fine Art for event Carnival of the Animals

Best Age-Friendly Event

  • St Georges Bristol and Cardiff County & Vale of Glamorgan Symphonic Brass for Lunchtime Concert

Best Family-Friendly Workplace

  • tutti frutti productions

Audience Choice Award

  •  Big Fish Little Fish Productions for event Family Rave

Highly Commended

  • Wigmore Hall for Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom
  • Liverpool Phil for Family Concerts
  • MishMash Productions for Hubbub
  • Discovery Centre and Z-arts for Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park for Capture, Snap, Play: Photography for Tiny Children
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Fountation Trust for GOSH Family Arts Week
  • Oxford Philharmonic for FUNomusica: Just the Job!

Over 800 organisations took part in the 2016 festival, which took place throughout October 2016.  Around 500,000 family members attended one of the 4,000 festival events across the UK.

2017 will see the Family Arts Festival turn into a year-round listings website and promotional campaign championing the arts to families. Sign up to the Family Arts newsletter to be part of the first marketing campaign this May half-term.

 

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