Family Arts Network Ambassadors
With funding support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Family Arts Campaign is delighted to work with Ambassadors across Family Arts Networks in Bristol, Cumbria, North East England, Sunderland, Derby and Manchester as part of the Local Family Arts Network Ambassador Programme.
Each Ambassador is supporting both arts and non-arts organisations to work with more families, particularly more diverse families; encouraging greater participation in arts and culture activities.
We currently have 6 Network Ambassadors supporting family engagement, locally and nationally
Ambassadors work with the central team at the Family Arts Campaign to build upon community relationships in their Networks and further encourage family engagement. In addition, the regional Ambassadors work together nationally to share best practice for dissemination through the Family Arts Campaign national learning programme and resources.
Hear from the Ambassadors as they share their insights and learnings from the programme to date. They explore challenges and successes as well as recommendations for organisations considering working collaboratively as a local family arts network.
Articles & Case Studies
Ambassadors have been sharing their experiences and insights from the Family Arts Campaign Ambassador Programme. Read about their learnings and advice from projects they’ve been working on to reach families, particularly those who are least engaged.
- Using Peer Recommendation to Improve Family Engagement with North East Ambassador: Sallyanne Flemons
- Supporting vulnerable families with creative art packs with Cumbria Ambassador: Holli Graham
- Family arts packs shared via community food banks with Cumbria Ambassador: Holli Graham
- Collaboratively creating arts packs to reach new families with Manchester Ambassador: Yemi Bolatiwa
- Reaching families in need with creative resource packs with Bristol Ambassador: Lou Taylor
Family Arts Network Ambassadors
Alongside her work as an Ambassador, Yemi is a Music Facilitator at Z-Arts and Project Manager for MADE, Manchester’s Local Cultural Education Partnership. She has focussed mainly on engagement with children, families and young people in creative arts, theatre outreach and community events. Yemi is also a freelance musician and delivers music workshops for Z-arts children aged 8-11 and is a regular performer at the Z-arts Family Jam.
With an academic background in marketing, MA in Social & Cultural studies and a lifestyle encompassed by the arts and young people, it seemed that Yemi would be a fitting ambassador for FAC Manchester having lived in the city for over 11 years!
Alongside her work as the Cumbrian Network Ambassador, Holli manages the Florence Arts Centre in Egremont. Holli has always had a keen passion for the arts and strongly believes in the power of creativity for individual and collective development. Her experience includes journalism and curating, focussing on local communities, as well as ongoing work with international charities.
Florence Arts Centre welcomes a wide range of people both nationally and further afield to come, share, develop and explore their skills and share them with the wider community. During her spare time, Holli enjoys fell climbing and walking within the Lake District, alongside creating art herself!
Alongside her work as the Derby Network Ambassador, Sarah is the Managing Director for DerbyDaysOut.co.uk. Derby Days Out was set up in August 2015 to help and encourage families to find great days out in Derbyshire. Over the years Derby Days Out has grown into a trusted brand, used by thousands of families every year and was recently recognised by the Mainframe Awards for ‘Creativity for Good’ in 2021.
Sarah has a strong connection with Derby, having lived there all her life and now raising her family there. Sarah is keen to develop her role in the community as Ambassador and tie in together Derby’s diverse, entertaining and cultural offerings to families across the region.
North East Ambassador
Sallyanne Flemons is a freelance culture communications consultant with a specialism in connecting mainstream audiences with great, life changing culture. Since 2014, she has been coordinating Family Explorers North East – 10,000 families now use this service which is backed by a partnership of cultural organisations. Family Explorers enables peer recommendation to help families discover new cultural experiences.
As Audience Development Coordinator for the Generation Tour, Sally also saw over 120,000 visitors attend visual art exhibitions commissioned specifically for families at four northern galleries. She is Communications Director for award-winning art project Wunderbar and also wrote the original communications strategy for South East Northumberland’s Bait, one of the first Creative People and Places projects working in areas with low levels of cultural engagement.
Amy works at the Children’s Scrapstore in Bristol, a charity whose focus is on reuse, play and creativity. There are hundreds of creative members and groups that use the Scrapstore’s resources, as well as almost 400 schools involved in our PlayPod scheme. The charity runs play sessions, events and ongoing outreach work and provides a great base for Amy to meet new and existing network members.
Amy has a creative background and enjoys running workshops and sessions for both children and adults. Their masters degree is in Sustainability in Design, and sustainable practise is essential to Amy’s work
As a city Bristol is full of cultural and art organisations, venues and committed creatives so has a great foundation for this project. The extra capacity offers Children’s Scrapstore the opportunity to support a collaborative approach to ensuring families across Bristol can access the arts.
Rachel is Young People and Communities Producer at Sunderland Culture as well as working freelance with Helix Arts, Gateshead Youth Council and Ubiquitous Arts. Over the last 7 years Rachel has worked on projects and large-scale events in organisations across Sunderland, Gateshead and Newcastle developing and delivering on arts, culture and health and wellbeing projects whilst developing her work with young people and delivering Arts Award.
Rachel believes in meaningful ambitious opportunities for families, young people and communities to be creative, take a lead to share their wonderful ideas, develop skills and make a difference to the world around them.
Rachel is really excited to work with the Family Arts Network to create exciting and innovative opportunities for children and young people across Sunderland.