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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Webinar recording: Inclusive Practice for families in Outdoor Arts and Events

Thank you to those who attended and took part in our recent webinar on inclusive practice for families in outdoor arts and events.

In this webinar, Alex Covell, Access Producer for FESTIVAL.ORG, shared practical tools and information for event organisers about inclusive practices for families when working with Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent audiences and artists.

Following the successful experience of a COVID-secure 2020 edition of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Alex explored this as a case study for future events and shared examples of how the festival trialled and adapted new ways to build accessible practice within the identity of their work.

From the webinar, you will gain:

  • Practical advice on how to make your outdoor events accessible for children and their parents/carers
  • Guidance on what questions to ask, how to interrogate your practice and develop new and bespoke ways of working to improve family experiences

About the speaker

A passionate advocate and ally of disabled and neurodivergent artists, Alex Covell is skilled in developing bespoke inclusive and accessible practice for outdoor arts and performance events. Alex works at FESTIVAL.ORG as the Access Producer for events including Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and as lead Access Officer for the Without Walls Network. Recently, she has worked on Greenwich Dance’s new ArtsUnboxed project devising inclusive touring arts performance ideas.

You can view a recording of the webinar below:

For more webinar resources please visit the Family Arts Campaign YouTube Channel.

Image credit: Luke Witcom, Without Walls, Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Rascally Diner by Las Theatre

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