What is the Campaign about?

Welsh language information

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 Networks



We currently have 15 Local Family Arts Networks across England and Wales. On the map above, the blue markers show Networks that are also part of the new Family Arts Campaign Ambassador Programme.

Below is a list of all Networks and the organisations that form them:


*Part of the FAC Ambassador Programme 2019-22


*Part of the FAC Ambassador Programme 2019-22

NE England – Family Explorers

*Part of the FAC Ambassador Programme 2019-22


*Part of the FAC Ambassador Programme 2019-22

* Sunderland has a separate Family Arts Network, see opposite listing

Birmingham Early Years Music Consortium


  • Hijinx Theatre
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Makers Guild in Wales
  • National Museum Wales
  • Ffotogallery
  • A2: Arts Active
  • Wales Millennium Centre
  • Literature Wales
  • Artes Mundi
  • National Dance Company Wales
  • City of Cardiff Council
  • Chapter
  • The Printhaus Workshop
  • Rubicon Dance
  • Theatr Iolo
  • South East Wales Orchestral Consortium
  • National Theatre Wales
  • Sherman Cymru
  • NoFit State
  • BayArt
  • Menter Caerdydd
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • New Theatre Cardiff
  • Welsh National Opera


*Part of the FAC Ambassador Programme 2019-22


*Part of the FAC Ambassador Programme 2019-22


City of London

Tri-Borough Music Hub

Gravesham Art Salon

  • The Woodville
  • LV21
  • Anything Other Theatre Company
  • The Grand Well Being and Healthy Living Centre
  • Gravesham Art
  • Walk Tall Theatre Company
  • Northfleet Local
  • MUD


Salford & Trafford

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