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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Family Arts Conference 2019

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12 February 2019, Everyman Theatre Liverpool
11am – 5.30pm

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Exploring the value of arts, culture and creativity for families

The UK’s largest family arts and culture conference will explore the value of family engagement and how we can communicate that value to families, funders and the wider cultural sector.

Join us for a full day of lively discussion, practical workshops, informative key-notes and ample opportunities to network with fellow creative professionals.

Download the conference full schedule here

View the delegate list

Key note presentations from:

Cheryl Taylor – Head of Content, BBC Children’s
BBC Children’s is on a mission to light up little learners and in this session Cheryl will explore all the ways in which CBeebies ignites the imaginations of children and their carers.

Syima Aslam – Artistic Director, Bradford Literature Festival
Syima will share her personal ‘family’ story, exploring how her childhood as a second-generation Pakistani-British child growing up in Halifax, – and her own experiences as a mother, have informed the direction of what has been suggested as “the most diverse literature festival in the UK”.

Dr. Zoe Wyrko – Geriatrician and consultant
On the BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 documentary Old People’s Home for Four Year Oldswhich brought together old and young in an experiment to tackle social isolation.

 

Practical workshops:

  • Fundraising advice and support from Cause 4’s Arts, Fundraising & Philanthropy programme
  • Commercial value in your family offer with Baker Richards
  • Evaluation with Big Lottery Fund
  • Digital family engagement and gaming exploration with the National Videogame Museum
  • World Café session: led by Family Arts Campaign evaluators who will invite all participants to input into and drive forward our national Campaign.

 

Panel discussions:

  • Diverse family engagement: Representatives from Bradford Literature Festival and Manchester International Festival will share and discuss their approaches in family audience diversification.
  • Creating intergenerational experiences for older and younger audiences: This group will explore examples of bringing young and older audience to participate together in creative activities. With Dr. Zoe Wyrko, Moving Memory Dance Theatre and Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
  • Inclusive approaches for family audiences: How can the cultural sector become more inclusive to ensure that all families can engage in creative and cultural participation? With MK Gallery and Leeds City Museum.
  • Outdoor arts for families: Join Outdoor Arts UK, Just So Festival (Wild Rumpus), Upswing and Mufti Games to explore why bringing creative and artistic work outdoors can reach new and diverse families.
  • Effective family marketing strategies: PR company Crystlsd, North East Family Arts network – Family Explorers, Unicorn Theatre and the AMA will discuss valuable approaches to reaching more families.
  • Building interactive experiences for parents and early years: How can we create engaging experiences for parents/carers and young children? Join MishMash Productions, Tate and Turned on its Head to find out more.

 

Plus:

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All sessions in the main auditorium will be live-captioned by StageTEXT

Local perspectives and thoughts on family arts engagement from The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool Philharmonic and Tate

Free drop-in advice from Arts Council England Sector Support Organisations Kids in Museums, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, Arts Marketing Association, IVE, Curious Minds, and The Audience Agency.

Lunch and refreshments

Post-conference Networking Drinks at the Everyman Theatre

Pre-conference networking evening and awards ceremony

Limited free places at National Celebrating Age sharing seminarMonday 11 February 2019, Everyman Theatre Liverpool


Who is the event for?

This event is aimed at leaders, creators, marketers, practitioners, programmers and anyone working with audiences young and old.

Content across the day will be relevant to representatives from across the cultural sector, including museums and libraries.

 

“It brought me fresh enthusiasm for the sector I work in and I left buzzing with ideas” – delegate, Family Arts Conference 2017

 

Details:

Conference will take place at The Everyman Theatre, 5-11 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BH.

Arrival and registration will take place from 10.30am. Speakers and workshops will be from 11am – 5.30pm, followed by post-conference Networking drinks at the venue.

 

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