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ADUK National Seminar on Arts & Resilience


The Phoenix Cinema & Arts Centre, 4 Midland St, Leicester LE1 1TG
2nd December (9.30 – 16.30)

We have now confirmed the final programme for our next national seminar, taking place in Leicester on 2nd December. Please note that you can book this year using Eventbrite if you wish to pay by credit/debit card by clicking:


If you wish to be invoiced for the event a PDF booking form is available here:


If you wish to download a PDF of the full event programme and booking form, please click here:



Arts & Resilience: Changes in Culture is a new ADUK national seminar looking at new ways of thinking and working to support arts development in today’s economic environment. The Arts sector continues to face big challenges.  It is more important than ever to show how we can support and further develop services for our local communities in the continuing difficult economic climate and demonstrate the continued benefit of arts development.  This national seminar will focus on resilience, using best practice case study presentations to reflect how arts can support and help develop:

  • Social change
  • Regeneration
  • Cultural Leadership
  • Inclusion

It will also demonstrate how arts development in local authorities and organisations in the cultural sector can survive and thrive and how are adapting to performing with reduced budgets and demonstrate an ability to adapt to the external environment.

The seminar will be chaired by Diana Pasek-Atkinson (Hive Business Advisor at Nottingham Trent University), Trustee and Chair of the ADUK Professional Development Working Party

Speakers so far confirmed include:

  • Peter Latchford, CEO of Black Radley
  • Jane Wilson, Chair of ADUK and Culture & Community Manager, Cambridge City Council
  • John Rance, Cheif Executive Officer of Phoenix Arts
  • Mike Hoskin, Arts Development Manager with The Arts Development Company Dorset
  • Katharine Wheeler, Creative Practitioner at The Stove Network
  • Gus Garside, national coordinator for Creative Minds, a learning disability led project that explores the relationship between the learning disability arts sector and the wider arts world, supported by Housni Hassan (DJ) – Dancer/Facilitator
  • Helen Renwick and Paul McCue: Enable (LB Wandsworth)
  • Lucy Bedford, Arts Officer &  Lallie Davis: Programme Manager for the Arts & Heritage Alliance
  • Catherine Rogers, Manager of Creative Leicestershire and Generator
  • Anne Hayes, Arts Devt Manager (Regeneration) at RCT CBC discussing ArtsConnect
  • David Chamberlain, Arts Devt Manager at Caerphilly CBC
  • Sue Isherwood and Steve Wood, who will be facilitating a leadership and resilience workshop

ADUK Members: £95 (+VAT)

ADUK Members 2 place offer: £145 (+VAT)

Non-members: £135 (+VAT)

Student/Unemployed: £45 (+VAT)


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

Paying Artists campaign: a-n and AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide launched

logoFollowing more than two years working and consulting with artists, major public funders and visual arts organisations, a-n and AIR has published new guidelines for paying artists for their contribution to public exhibitions. ADUK has supported the initiative and strongly urges all members to comply with the scheme.

At the official launch at Jerwood Space in London, Shonagh Manson, director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Jerwood Visual Arts, outlined why she supports the principles of Exhibition Payment: “By actively taking part in the [Paying Artists] research as a test organisation we’ve been taking a real forensic look at how we’ve been working with artists and how we’ve been paying them,” she said. “This framework has already helped us to focus, and we’ve found ways to increase some of our fee offers to artists even while having to cut our budgets overall.”

The guide outlines a set of suggested payments to artists (ranging from £150 to £6,000) as a fee for their contributions to publicly-funded exhibitions. It covers a wide range of exhibition scenarios along with guidance for implementation. The guidance is supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. The culmination of extensive consultation and testing across the sector. It is a significant milestone in the journey to fair pay for artists. Download the Exhibition Payment Guide here

Notes from the Chair: Local Cultural Education Partnerships – a view from the field

Picture of Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk

Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk

As the Culture and Community Manager for Cambridge City Council I have been heavily involved in the set-up of our local cultural education partnership, My Cambridge. The partnership had started before the launch of the Cultural Education Challenge last October, and we had and still are working closely with our local bridge organisation, Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge.


The principle of a local cultural education partnership fits very closely with the aspirations and ethics underpinning Arts Development UK, working through arts and culture and building links with other sectors, to achieve wider local aspirations. These principles have been embedded in members’ work for as long as I can remember, not just in relation to education, but also health, community well-being, economic development and more.  Many if not most of you will have been working with arts, culture and education as a core part of your work. Given this, a valid question might well be, what additional benefit comes from setting up a local cultural education partnership?


In my conference speech earlier in the year I talked about the increasing importance of local partnerships as a route to resilience. The better we can demonstrate the multiple ways in which arts and culture contribute to successful places, the harder it becomes to remove that value. Working locally is absolutely critical, but it can be very difficult to get local traction from a standing start.

Continue reading Notes from the Chair: Local Cultural Education Partnerships – a view from the field

RawFfest 2016


Original, quirky and daring, RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today. It is planned and programmed by young people for young people. The first festival will take place from 18th – 21st August in Newport. More details on our lovely new website here:

Notes from the Chair

Listening audience at the NALGAO conference 2010

Interesting times indeed. Whichever way you voted in the EU referendum it is clear that we have entered into new and uncertain times. Institutions and structures which had seemed like the permanent backdrop for our work: very much there, important, but not particularly visible (and a little like the governing documents of many charities), are now both centre stage and potentially time limited. Not only EU membership, but many other long term structures and policies of state feel less stable, less secure, less to be taken for granted.


So what can our role be? Many of us work either for local authorities or for charities. Directly political action is both inappropriate and inadvisable, but this does not mean we do nothing. We need to think and plan for a landscape in flux.


I would like to suggest that there are two main kinds of action we can take.

Continue reading Notes from the Chair

Feedback from Creative Industries Federation on Brexit


The Creative Industries Federation were quick in bringing the sector together to make an early start on considering the implications of Brexit for the cultural and creative industries. Attended by over 150 delegates, including the ADUK Vice Chair Tony Witton and London Regional Coordinator Matthew Couper, the meeting was a useful forum for colleagues to collectively consider the breadth of the implications of leaving the EU and a demonstration of the strength of feeling for working together to protect our industry.


Fabrice Montagne, Chief UK and Senior European Economist at Barclays made the following financial predictions:

  • The country will go into recession with firstly production being affected as markets lose confidence followed by a slowdown in consumption as labour markets are affected and household income drops.
  • The level of recession will not be as severe as the financial crash in 2008 and is likely to begin impacting in the early autumn.
  • There is likely to be a cut in interest rates

The net result of the economic turn down is that deficit will get worse. It was noted that this may have been the case regardless of Brexit.

Continue reading Feedback from Creative Industries Federation on Brexit

Sponsor a young person to attend the RawFfest

ADUK-green-A-blockADUK are the lead organisation in a major national youth festival taking place in Wales called RawFfest. RawFfest will offer a festival which is curated and programmes by young people and for young people between the ages of 14 and 25 from Wales and across the UK. We are offering a residential programme that offers a completely immersive opportunity for young people to work together and inspire each other. We hope that it will be life changing.


To read more about RawFfest, click here:


If you would like to sponsor a young person (and £15 would pay for a young person to attend a day free of charge) please visit our My Donate website at:

ADUK SE Regional Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockOn: Monday 27th June, 2-4pm

Venue: The Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB

We are writing to introduce ourselves to you as the ADUK South East representatives and to let you know that it’s time for our South East Regional Meeting! We want to take this opportunity to get to know you and make sure you are getting what you need out of your membership. It will be an informal session in which we will share information about Arts Development nationally and across the region and find out about the opportunities and challenges you are facing locally.


So join us for some coffee, cake and conversation! ADUK is a membership organisation and therefore meetings are usually restricted, however if you know of any non-members that you think might be interested in joining us please let us know as guests are permitted to attend for one meeting.


Please rsvp to this message by Monday 20th June (so we can make sure there is enough cake) to either of us (at the hyperlinks below).


We look forward to seeing you there.


Michelle and Lucy

ADUK South East Regional Coordinators

Michelle Moubarak, Development Manager, Canterbury City Council. T: 01227 862 405 or e: Michelle.Moubarak@CANTERBURY.GOV.UK

RawFfest/ GŵylGrai National Youth Festival for Wales

We are delighted to report that the RawFfest website has been launched and is available at  or The process took quite a while because young people were involved in the whole process but we are all really pleased with it. Have a look and see what you think, and please get involved with this year’s festival, taking place in Newport in August.

DCMS culture plan

DCMSThe DCMS has an annual budget of £1.5b. A new single departmental plan for the Department of Culture, Media & Sport has been published that sets out how government will deliver its priorities by 2020. The vision is ‘Driving growth; enriching lives and promoting Britain to the world’ and there are six key areas:
• Growing the economy
• Connecting the UK
• Encouraging participation
• Sustaining excellence and promoting Britain
• Supporting our media
• Ensuring social responsibility
The plan includes a section on how the DCMS will be working efficiently and collaborating across government departments. Read more here.