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Nominations are open for the Hearts for the Arts Awards 2018

We are delighted to report that ADUK is partnering with the National Campaign for the Arts and UK Theatres in the 2017/18 Hearts for the Arts Awards programme. Other partners include the LGA, What Next? and Culture Counts.

The National Campaign for the Arts’ (NCA) Hearts For The Arts Awards celebrate the work of Councils, Councillors and Council Officers who have overcome financial challenges to ensure the arts stay at the centre of community life. The 2018 Hearts For The Arts Awards will be delivered by the NCA and UK Theatre, in partnership with Culture Counts, the Local Government Association (LGA), Arts Development UK (ADUK) and What Next?.

Nominations are welcome from members of the public and from Local Authorities, in the following categories:

  • Best Local Authority Arts Initiative
  • Best Local Authority Arts Champion- Councillor
  • Best Local Authority Arts Champion- Officer
  • Local Authority Arts Project encouraging community cohesion

Nominations can be made online at and winners will be presented with their Awards at their Town Hall (or equivalent) by a renowned artist. Last year’s presenters included Samuel West, Howard Goodall CBE and Olivia Colman.

Samuel West, Chair of the NCA, said: “Councils across the country live under real financial pressure, yet the success of these Awards in 2017 shows that arts programmes that unite and delight us can still be driven forward by passionate, committed people. In celebrating them and the essential work of some councils, we want to inspire others to keep the arts at the heart of their communities. Few things can bring us together like the arts can, and we need that now more than ever.”

The 2017 winners were: Nottingham City Council for Nottingham Performing Arts Library Service (NPALS), for Best Local Authority Arts Initiative; Councillor Wendy Simon of Liverpool City Council for Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Councillor; Pokuaa Osei of London Borough of Haringey and Rachel Wood of Oldham Council for Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Officer; London Borough of Lewisham for Meet Me at The Albany, for Best Local Authority Arts Project Encouraging Community Cohesion.

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Joining Arts Development UK

What is AD:UK?
Arts Development UK is a professional association for people working in arts and cultural development in England and Wales.

Its values are that AD:UK should be:ADUK-green-A-block
• Creative and collaborative
• Forward thinking and flexible
• Professional and passionate.

Who should be a member?
Anyone working in a role which encourages the development of arts and cultural activities to improve quality of life, aspiration and opportunities for people in places and communities.

This includes individuals such as artists, policy-makers, managers, officers, consultants/freelance and organisations eg community, arts, heritage, museums and libraries and local authorities.

What are the key benefits of membership?
• Access to member areas of this website with special content
• A weekly e-zine (cited as the ‘go to’ source of information for policy updates, opportunities and professional knowledge)
• Advocacy for individuals and the industry sector
• Annual conference and seminars
• CPD accreditation through the Professional Fellowship Programme
• Access to a UK-wide network of experienced professionals (Skills & Knowledge Bank)
• Up-to-the minute information and analysis
• A collective strength for the protection of arts and culture in UK society

There are many more – please follow this link for a full description of AD:UK.

How do I join AD:UK?
Members are welcomed as individuals or organisations. Membership benefits are available here:ADUK Member Benefits 2016

Membership forms for organisations are available here: Arts Development UK Organisational membership application form

Membership forms for group organisational membership are available here: Arts Development UIK Group Organisational membership application form

Membership for personal membership is available here: Arts Development UK Personal membership application form Continue reading Joining Arts Development UK

ADUK Cymru Meeting

25th October at Ruthin Craft Centre

The next ADUK Cymru meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 25th October starting at 12.00 at The Centre for the Applied Arts, Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1BB. The meeting will also include a tour of the galleries and presentations from ACW and RawFfest 2018 and discussions about the development of City Regions.

The meeting will also give you an opportunity to network and share information with other colleagues and well as meeting representatives of national organisations. The meeting is free to attend, a buffet lunch will be provided and all members (and prospective members) are invited to attend.

ADUK Regional Meeting Survey

As part of ADUK’s Development Strategy, we are appraising our regional meetings programme. We have developed a short 2/3 minute questionnaire available Survey Monkey and would be grateful if you could give us an honest appraisal of current regional meetings and how we can improve and further develop them to meet our member’s needs. The survey is available at:  and many thanks for your time and support in taking part.

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Picture of Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk

Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk

Our Chair, Jane Wilson has written a major feature this week in Arts Professional stating that a voice within the local authority, able to talk from a position of knowledge about the role of arts and culture, is crucial.

As more and more local authorities reduce funding and staffing for the arts, how can we ensure they have the capacity to fulfil their cultural responsibilities? Local authorities have changed and are still changing, and as part of that change we have seen a significant reduction in the numbers of specialist arts staff. Some authorities still employ arts officers but many have no arts or cultural specialists at all. Figures from last year’s Arts Development UK survey of local authorities in England and Wales showed that 37% had no dedicated arts officer or directly delivered arts service. In parallel with staffing levels, discretionary budgets are also reducing and local authority grant funding for the arts has declined considerably. This needs to be placed within the wider context for local authorities, which has seen a similar impact on a whole range of services. In other words, it’s not personal.

Transformation is top of the agenda for local authorities, and arts officers need to demonstrate how their work can support and even lead transformational change. We already have some of the skills and knowledge to do this, and although not always obvious from the outside, arts officers have become adept at making operational connections, picking up opportunities for the arts to deliver on wider priorities and building the partnerships to deliver that. This flexible, responsive and sometimes opportunistic way of working is very effective and, where arts officers continue to operate, it is helping to build and sustain the role of the arts in local authority work, even when more traditional (and arguably more paternalistic) funding relationships are tailing off.

Read the complete article here.

Jane Wilson is Chair of ADUK and Culture & Community Manager at Cambridge City Council.

Some of our other members have written case studies to support the argument and you can read more here:

Source: Arts Professional

City in the Making: A week in Rotterdam

Catherine Rogers. ADUK and Chair of The Generator has just spent a week in Rotterdam. Catherine writes:

“As a Director of The Generator Loughborough CIC, I recently travelled to Rotterdam to immerse myself for a week in the amazing project, City in the Making. I am a Director of an emerging space in the town centre of Loughborough for creative business and community arts and was hoping to learn from the directors of the Stad in de Maak about their journey so far in taking over 6 empty properties in Rotterdam and redeveloping them for the community of artists and makers who live there.

 This was part of a Peer to Peer exchange programme (P2P) and is an activity of the European Creative Hubs Network, which is co-funded by the European Commission, led by the British Council. It is set-up to help creative hubs staff (leaders, founders, managers, projects or platform leads, community managers, etc.) benefit from a work experience in a different creative hub, with the aim of sharing knowledge or setting up collaborative projects. By supporting the mobility of creative hub leaders to other hubs, it will enable learning and exchange of best practices, and foster international collaboration and co-creation. Here is the blog about my time there:”

ADUK Local Authority Arts Investment Survey 2017

Our annual local authority arts investment and partnership survey for 2017 is now live and we urge you all to take part. The survey is open to both member and non-member authorities and will allow us to review vital information about the health of the arts sector. It is being undertaken in association with Arts Council of Wales and we have both English and Welsh versions of the questionnaire on Survey Monkey. As in last year’s survey, we have separate questionnaires for authorities in England and in Wales, and have also a third questionnaire for outsourced services (for culture trusts, CICs and other organisations) provided by organisations operating art services to either a single local authority area or multiple catchment areas (but not for single venues). We will then collate and correlate responses into an over-arching report. The survey is open to both member and non-member authorities.

In this critical time for local government, with budget reductions affecting most services, it is imperative that we maintain our intelligence on the financial situation for arts services. We have been collecting financial data the last 11 years, and 2017/18 sees our members face major challenges that we need to document and record. We also want to measure the impact of arts investment and the effect that this has for local communities. We need your help to document the current status of each authority as we progress into the new financial year. Continue reading ADUK Local Authority Arts Investment Survey 2017

Launch of Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations report

The report into the first phase of the Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations is now online. Rethinking Relationships is a report from the first phase of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations. The report, which was produced following extensive research and collaboration with those working within the arts sector, including Arts Development UK, highlights the extent and diversity of the civic role arts organisations are currently playing in the UK and further afield, and the positive impact they are having in communities.

These impacts are brought to life through a series of powerful and compelling examples of the difference arts organisations are making, such as musical performances in the Calais refugee camp that brought people together and lively cabaret shows for retired people with little access to affordable culture. Read the full report here

DCMS name change

The DCMS – the government’s culture department – has changed its name to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The department will still be referred to as the DCMS, but will no longer be called the department for Culture, Media and Sport. Explaining the decision, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: “DCMS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it is fitting now to include Digital in the name. The department has taken on significant new responsibilities in recent years, so that half of its policy and delivery work now covers the digital sectors – telecommunications, data protection, internet safety, cyber skills and parts of media and the creative industries.”

The name change follows a government re-structure criticised for ‘downgrading’ the arts, which saw responsibility for arts and culture taken away from Minister Matt Hancock, who is left to focus purely on digital and the creative industries. Arts and culture are now the responsibility of Parliamentary Under Secretary John Glen.

Tickets are now on sale for RawFfest 2017

17th – 20th August 2017

Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Tickets are now on sales for RawFfest, the national youth arts festival for Wales, which will take place at Venue Cymru and other locations in Llandudno from 17 to 20 August 2017. This is the first time this festival has taken place in North Wales. The festival is for young people aged 14 to 25 years-old. Take a peek at our initial programme here

A full Festival Weekend Pass is available for £50 with accommodation packages starting at £15 for the lucky first few purchasers. Day tickets are £20 and £10. RawFfest tickets are available to purchase at and early bird accommodation at

Rowen Kimpton, Youth Representative RawFfest Steering Group said: “The important thing about RawFfest is that it is for young people by young people. It is an explosion of art, circus, craft, dance, fashion, film, literature, photography, spoken word, and theatre. Young people are creating an amazing festival where workshops, performances and ‘happenings’ take place over four days. Grab your ticket now to stay over and take part in the festival!

A full programme and a wide selection of workshops have been planned with more events being confirmed in the run up to the festival. The festival has financial support from Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government.

ADUK NE & Yorkshire regional meeting now on Friday 14th July

We apologise for the postponement of the last regional meeting, which should have taken place on Friday 19th May. The date for the meeting has now been re-arranged for Friday 14th July from 10:30am to 2:30pm in Leeds. We hope that regional members from the NE and Yorkshire areas will be able to attend. Can you please hold the date in your diary?

Please contact Chelsey Everatt ( or Ann Wishart ( for more information and an agenda for the meeting is being prepared. If you would like to add anything please contact either Chelsey or Ann.