Family Arts Conference 2024
The UK’s largest family arts and culture conference returns on Thursday 29 February 2024 at Leeds Playhouse.
More families are in need than ever before. It’s essential that the cultural sector can reframe, rethink and recharge to ensure families do not miss out on the benefits and joy that cultural and creative opportunities can bring.
Join arts, community and family support professionals from across the UK, as we explore how we can ensure opportunities for arts and culture are accessible for all families.
What actions can you take to make your work more inclusive and relevant?
Discover how you can better understand families’ needs. Learn about partnership projects, dive into the data with research insights, and explore what you can do to ensure families most in need are able to be part of quality creative experiences.
How can you build a network to support and improve your work?
The Family Arts Conference 2024 will give you the opportunity to connect with others who want to make a difference to the family arts landscape. You’ll have the chance to network, make meaningful connections, and discover what wider support is available to you.
What fantastic work has been happening in the sector?
Hear from peers making a big impact; discover incredible initiatives, brilliant activities and out-of-the-box thinking to support underserved families. Whilst the Conference aims to get you thinking, we’ll also be sharing practical resources and opportunities to inspire your work further.
Take time to look at your work from afar, consider your next move, generate ideas, reconnect with others and recharge with some creative activity of your own.
Is the event for you?
Are you working to engage family and/or older audiences with arts and cultural activities and initiatives? Or are you a support service for families and/or older audiences, curious about how arts and culture can play a part in your work? Then this event is for you!
Whether you’re a programmer, marketer, leader, practitioner, maker or working in community outreach or service provision, the Family Arts Conference is designed to support your work. The Conference Programme will be relevant to representatives from across the family support and cultural sectors, including museums and libraries.
Arrival and registration will take place from 10.30am. Speakers and workshops will be from 11am – 5.30pm, followed by post-conference networking drinks locally.
- Freelance / Small Org* Ticket: £150
- Standard Ticket: £225
- Team Ticket Bundles: Choose a bundle to receive a £25 discount on your extra Standard Tickets.**
*Small organisations are any classed as a “micro entity” by HMRC (e.g. has 10 or fewer employees)
**Team Tickets are only eligible for colleagues working for the same organisation. If you are freelance or a small organisation (10 or less employees) please purchase a Freelance / Small Org* ticket for the best discount.
Tickets are subject to booking fees. Tickets are limited so booking as soon as possible is advised.
Bursaries help make our events more affordable for individuals and organisations who might not otherwise be able to get involved, as well as supporting those who are under-represented in the arts and cultural sector workforce to attend.
The deadline for Bursary applications is 5pm on Thursday 2 November. Find out more information and how to apply on our Bursary page.
We are delighted to be hosting our event at Leeds Playhouse, a venue committed to offering a welcoming and accessible experience for its visitors. You can find out more about the accessibility of the building here and photographs of key spaces here. The conference will be making use of the following areas: Courtyard Theatre, Bramall Rock Void, Brooke Room, City Room, Weston Room, Multi-faith reflection room, Level One Balcony & PLAYhouse corner, Level One Terrace Bar, Playhouse Kitchen & Bar.
We want to ensure the conference is accessible for everyone and we’ll be releasing a detailed conference programme in due course. To enable you to book with confidence, we’ll be including the following in our conference programme:
- A quiet space, available to all delegates at any point during the conference.
- A multi-faith reflection space, available to all delegates (and staff or visitors to the Playhouse) at any point during the conference.
- A creative networking space, with a range of self-led creative activities on offer, available to all delegates at any point during the conference.
- A variety of large group presentation style and smaller participatory style breakouts to choose from.
- Regular breaks throughout the programme schedule which include a catered lunch as well as tea, coffee and refreshments throughout the day.
We are committed to providing bespoke support for accessibility requirements wherever possible, this could be anything from a BSL interpreter or hearing loop provision, a water bowl for your guide dog or sending you a photo of a named member of the team who you can locate on the day, for any support you may need. When booking online there’s the option to tell us about any access needs you may have, but if you would like to discuss your needs with us in person, or have any access questions please email Anna Dever, Executive Director of Family Arts Campaign on email@example.com.
Please also do take a look at our bursaries information which may also support you to join us.
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Image 1 – Family Arts Leadership Symposium
Image 2 – Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Hidden Forest Autumn 2021, photo © David Lindsay
Image 3 – Holi 2022, Photography by Bub Breach, Solihull Photographic Society
Image 4 – Nottingham Network: Mishmash productions, Musikk, Norway