What is the Campaign about?

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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 ChaddertonHead of UK Theatre & Membership 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
Matthew SwannChief Executive, City of London Sinfonia
Mark PembertonDirector, Association of British Orchestras
Katy SpicerChief Executive & Artistic Director, efdss
Anne TorreggianiExecutive Director, The Audience Agency
Karla Barnacle-BestCEO, Discover Children’s Story Centre
Paula Graham-GazzardNational Coordinator, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Alison Bowyer and Laura BedfordExecutive Director and Head of Programmes, Kids in Museums

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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Fantastic for Families Awards 2019: And the winners are…

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Thank you to all of the shortlisted organisations putting on fantastic events for families across the UK, our panel of expert judges, and to all the families who voted for your favourite event organisers.

This evening we revealed this year’s winners at the Fantastic for Families awards ceremony at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

Congratulations to the 8 winning organisations. And the winners are…

Best Family Event

The very best family events of 2018 with genuine appeal and suitability for different age groups attending or participating together.


Best Family Welcome

This award covers all areas of the visitor experience including staff welcome, the venue’s facilities, and strong communication of relevant information, creating a smooth and positive experience for families.


Best Family Venue

Suitability of the venue’s facilities for families, taking extra care to meet the needs of a wide range of families and provide a high quality of experience for those visiting the venue.


Best Age-Friendly Welcome

Recognising outstanding provision for older family members, including staff welcome, communication and the venue and its facilities in accommodating the needs of older people.


Audience Choice Award: voted for by families


Congratulations!

To be in with a chance of winning at next year’s Awards, be sure to upload your family events to fantasticforfamilies.com and check out the Family Arts Standards and Age-Friendly Standards.

> Add events to Fantastic for Families

> Sign up to the Family Arts Standards

> Sign up to the Age-Friendly Standards

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