What is the Campaign about?

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The Family Arts Campaign is a national Sector Support Organisation funded by Arts Council England 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.

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Kids in Museums 

The campaign is overseen by a Project Board:

Helen Featherstone Deputy Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Cassie ChaddertonHead of UK Theatre & Membership 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
Matthew SwannChief Executive, City of London Sinfonia
Mark PembertonDirector, Association of British Orchestras
Katy SpicerChief Executive & Artistic Director, efdss
Anne TorreggianiExecutive Director, The Audience Agency
Karla Barnacle-BestCEO, Discover Children’s Story Centre
Paula Graham-GazzardNational Coordinator, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Alison Bowyer and Laura BedfordExecutive Director and Head of Programmes, Kids in Museums

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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Training & Events

Training & Events


For details of training events being offered by the Family Arts Campaign and our partners see below:

Welcoming Families and Young People with Autism

Date: 22nd October 2019

Jewish Museum, London
From our partners Kids in Museums

If you’re a venue looking to be more welcoming to families and young people with autism, but aren’t sure where to start, this one is for you.

Have you started to make changes but need some further inspiration?

On this training day we will bring together a range of perspectives and explore practical ways to make your venue more welcoming, accessible and inclusive to people with autism.

Book here

TakeOff Festival Delegate Days

Date: 25th October 2019

23-25 October, Durham

TakeOff Festival is England’s leading festival of theatre for children. This year includes three jam-packed curated delegate days. Expect world-class theatre programmed by the fabulous Tony Reekie, networking opportunities, a visit to the Fantastic for Families award winning venue, The Hullabaloo, in Darlington & lots of fun.

Find out more

Unlocking Culture: an entitlement for children and young people

Date: 6th November 2019

5-6 November, Newcastle and Gateshead

This year’s Engage conference examines the benefits and challenges of young people’s access to the arts, exploring best practice, partnerships and policies from the sector.

The arts and culture provide a lens through which children and young people develop their understanding of themselves and the wider world. It creates a space for children and young people to shape their thoughts, feelings and their futures. Access to the arts is a fundamental human right, and yet many children and young people, particularly those who are most marginalised, do not have this opportunity. With this in mind the Engage Conference 2019 draws its inspiration from City of Dreams, an exciting ten-year programme which gives every child and young person in Newcastle and Gateshead access to arts and culture.

Book here

Safeguarding for the Performing Arts

Date: 27th November 2019


This one day course from our partners Independent Theatre Council aims to help you identify and understand safeguarding concerns, issues and responsibilities when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults in the context the performing arts industry.

By the end of the course you will have explored and have an understanding of:
– What is safeguarding and relevant legislation
– The safeguarding issues that you may encounter in a workshop, performance and workplace settings
– The necessity for the prompt and effective reporting of incidents and concerns
– DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and Child Licencing requirements
– How to start/adapt and implement a Safeguarding Policy and Procedure for your organisation

Book here

Audience Agency Community Forums

Date: 12th December 2019

Taking place September – December 2019 in various locations

Community Forum Live is an event from our parnters The Audience Agency, designed to help you make the most of their audience data analysis platforms, Audience Finder and Show Stats.

Audience Finder is a useful tool to track and compare your family audiences. Find out more about Audience Finder and families in their guest blog.

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