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:

Matthew Swann(Interim chair) Chief Executive, City of London Sinfonia
Sebastian CaterHead of UK Theatre and Workforce 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
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
Paula OrrellDirector, Contemporary Visual Arts Network
Frederick HopkinsHead of Business Development and Membership, One Dance UK
Sarah Mears and Liz McMillanProgramme Manager, Libraries Connected / Libraries and Culture Services Manager, Slough Borough Council 


Central co-ordination team:

Anna DeverHead of Campaign
Rukhsana JahangirCampaign Manager
Sophie EvansDigital Marketing Manager
Daniela GerstmannDigital Marketing Officer

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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:


Free webinar: Inclusive Practice for families in Outdoor Arts and Events

Tuesday 13th July, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Are you keen to learn more about improving inclusivity when planning outdoor arts events for families?

Then register for our free training webinar on Tuesday 13th July, 10.30am – 12.30pm – Alex Covell, Access Producer for FESTIVAL.ORG, will share practical tools and information for event organisers to find inclusive practices for families when working with Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent audiences and artists.

Following the successful experience of a COVID-secure 2020 edition of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Alex will offer this as a case study for future events and share how they pro-actively trialled and adapted new ways to build accessible practice within the identity of their work.

This webinar offers a timely opportunity to reflect on how to ensure that returning to live events is an inclusive experience.

Book now

What will I gain?

  • Practical advice on how to make your outdoor events accessible for children and their parents/carers
  • Guidance on what questions to ask, how to interrogate your practice and develop new and bespoke ways of working to improve family experiences
  • Links to resources, toolkits and useful contacts
  • Answers to any questions you may have around inclusive outdoor practice

Who is it for?

  • Outdoor events producers, Outdoor Artists and companies, Production Managers and Marketing Managers
  • Cultural providers from venues bringing their work outside
  • Artists/ producers/organisations looking to develop content for outdoor work

About the speaker

A passionate advocate and ally of disabled and neurodivergent artists, Alex Covell is skilled in developing bespoke inclusive and accessible practice for outdoor arts and performance events. Alex works at FESTIVAL.ORG as the Access Producer for events including Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and as lead Access Officer for the Without Walls Network. Recently, she has worked on Greenwich Dance’s new ArtsUnboxed project devising inclusive touring arts performance ideas.

Book your free place now!

Image credit: Luke Witcom, Without Walls, Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Rascally Diner by Las Theatre





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