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Family Arts Campaign

  • Date: 3 May 2013
  • Area: National

On Monday 15 April 2013 Laura Dyer, Executive Director, Arts Council England welcomed delegates to Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall for the launch of the Family Arts Campaign at a special conference.

The Family Arts Campaign is an initiative of The Association of British Orchestras, The Theatrical Management Association, The Society of London Theatre, the Independent Theatre Council, the Visual Arts & Galleries and Association and Dance UK, and is funded by Arts Council England through The Audience Focus commissioned grants scheme.

Family Friendly Arts Conference provided details to organisations of how to take part in the first national Family Arts Festival  from 18 October to 3 November and how to obtain specialist advice and support for organisations who want to increase family participation in the arts.

Over 300 delegates attended the conference, highlights included:

• Festival and Events International, the team behind the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad, revealed plans for the first ever UK-wide Family Arts Festival

• The Audience Agency presented what we know about family audiences from our past work and research specially commissioned by the Campaign giving fresh insights into overcoming the barriers to engaging with families in 2013

An incredibly diverse choice of ten different breakout sessions covered everything from:

• how best to engage families using social media (led by Kids’ Week)
• what we can learn from Museums (led by Kids in Museums)
• emerging best practice in the corporate sector (led by the Family & Parenting Institute)
• hands-on sessions giving you a taste of what has been working at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

You can read Laura Dyers speech in full here, or search the hashtag #familyarts to view some of the key debates from the conference.