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.


The campaign is overseen by a Project Board:

Helen Featherstone (Chair)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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Celebrating Age webinar: become more dementia friendly

Ages and Stages, New Vic Theatre and Keele University. Cr. Rachel Cherry

Thursday 27th February 2020, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Online.

Family Arts Campaign are partnering with Arts Council England to deliver this free webinar around Celebrating Age and older audiences.

This free interactive session will explore what it means to be dementia-friendly within the arts and culture sector and how arts organisations can become more welcoming to those living with dementia, and their families and carers.

This webinar will be hosted by:

  • Imogen Blood, national Celebrating Age Evaluator
  • Grace Meadows, Director, Music for Dementia
  • Nicky Taylor, Theatre and Dementia Research Associate, Leeds Playhouse

There will be an opportunity to participate and ask questions to the host speakers.

Due to the limited capacity we ask that only one person per organisation join the workshop live. A recording of the webinar will be available to download shortly after the live session and can be shared with your wider team. If other members of your team wish to participate in the webinar as it happens, they are of course welcome to join you in the room when you log on.

Thanks to the AMA for hosting this online workshop.

Book your place


About Celebrating Age

Celebrating Age is a fund from Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation, supporting cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people; and taking high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage. Read more about the currently funded projects.

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