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AD:UK Professional Fellowship Programme is now open for submissions

ADUK-green-A-blockOne of the benefits of membership to AD:UK is our annual AD:UK Professional fellowship programme, which acknowledges and rewards your CPD achievements each calendar year. The 2014 Fellowship Programme is now open and a questionnaire is available on Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ADUK-PFP-14. You have until Friday 27th March to submit your information and evidence for your annual CPD in 2014.

Credits are awarded in each calendar year for a range of different professional development initiatives completed, through services provided by AD:UK or by other organisations. The scheme enables members to qualify for one of three AD:UK Fellowship classifications:
• Associate Fellow
• Fellow
• Senior Fellow

The Fellowship award is current for twelve months, and can be maintained and extended the following year through continuing professional development activities, including attending seminars and conferences, managing study tours, personal training, writing reports, being a Trustee/board member or a range of other development opportunities, both within AD:UK and through external or work-related training/learning, providing you have generated minimum of 20 learning credits.

In the challenging environment in which those involved in the community sector work, the Fellowship Programme has been designed to provide recognition for experience and expertise gained in the workplace.

This year, as one of the continuing benefits of membership, we are opening the scheme to all members, so we suggest that as many of you as possible apply. If you have organisational membership, you can submit up to 5 individuals to the programme. Individual members can submit one person, and those with large group membership can submit up to 10 people to be considered for our Fellowship Programme. Many of you are now using the Fellowship Programme to aid your professional development and the awards of a fellowship is a very useful career development on your CV. We want the certificated scheme to become a career standard that employers may use in future, so please remember to submit your responses for 2014.

For further information on the programme and how to apply, contact artsdevUK@aol.com. Please note that the Professional Fellowship Programme is restricted to members of AD:UK, so if you have not yet joined (or re-joined), now is the time. Don’t miss out.

Our Cultural Commons: A national conversation about local culture has just begun

ADUK-green-A-blockVoluntary_ArtsWhere was your first cultural experience? And where will be your last? Chances are the answer to both those questions will be ‘close to home’.

Our Cultural Commons is a new national conversation about local cultural infrastructure – what works, what doesn’t, how and where it thrives – and how it could reach its full potential. The conversation was started by Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK, but now everyone with an interest in culture is invited to join in and explore how local cultural provision can be made better.

In the coming years, most of us will be able to experience the arts and cultures of the world virtually. Some of us will also travel to experience them in person. But all of us will grow up and grow old experiencing and participating in the arts and culture, locally. The rapid pace of change surrounding all our local cultural spaces, including changes to local government, and the rapid digitization of the wider cultural world, means that previous models of local cultural planning no longer provide support effectively.

Chair of Voluntary Arts, Peter Stark had this to say about Our Cultural Commons: “Our cultural life – first and last – is local. Our cultural commons should be places where joy and grief can be shared; wellbeing, concern, caring, kinship and respect are promoted; happiness and laughter, wonder and curiosity and learning are everyday experiences. Despite, or perhaps in response to, a harsh economic climate, exciting new collaborative solutions are already emerging. There is now an urgent need to build on this work to ensure that local cultural opportunities remain integral to our lives and those of future generations”

Jane Wilson, Chair of Arts Development UK said: “We are in one of those rare moments where change is not just likely, but inevitable, and ways of supporting local cultural infrastructure, which have built up over many years, are not going to remain the same. Although this is a significant challenge it also provides us with a real opportunity, to look again at how we understand, support and nurture the richest possible cultural lives for all our communities.”

To read more about Our Cultural Commons, sign up for updates or get involved, visit www.ourculturalcommons.org

Welcome to 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 details are available here.

The website
Anyone can access this website as either a member or non-member of AD:UK. There is plenty of interesting content to read. However, to get the full benefit, you will need to be a paid-up AD:UK member to access all areas, such as member directories and key documents. You will need an AD:UK access key to view restricted pages which you will receive on joining AD:UK as a paid member.

You can also sign up  to receive a weekly digest of posts from this site, using the link on the left, whether you are an AD:UK member or not.

Join ADUK now for 2014/15 – fees frozen at last year’s levels

April 2014 sees the start of Arts Development UK’s new membership year and we are pleased to announced the membership fees have been fixed at last year’s levels.

Meaning that:

  • Personal membership for individuals working in the arts or creative industries can join at £80+VAT (£96 total)
  • Standard Organisational membership is just £175 + VAT (£210) for organisations  through a named officer
  • Group Organisational membership is available where more than one person in an organisation wants to join: Group membership for up to 5 named officers is £275 + VAT (£330) and for up to 10 named officers is £300 + VAT (£360)
  • Students and people in between jobs can join for £42 + VAT (£50.40)

Group Organisational Membership offers the best value for money for larger organisations where more than one person wants to become a member,  saving £75+VAT on two standard organisational memberships.

Becoming an AD:UK member gets you access to:

Professional development opportunities

  • Development of skills and professional competencies
  • Structured Induction & Buddying programmes
  • A Professional Fellowship Programme available to all members
  • A new Skills and Knowledge Bank, with opportunities for skills and knowledge exchange with members across the UK

Events

  • Regional Groups, which offer support, study visits, information and skills exchange
  • Opportunities to gain valuable management experience
  • A major annual conference and national seminar programme – this year’s national conference will be taking place at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 16th & 17th October and members are able to register at a discounted rate.

Research, Information & knowledge resources

  • The weekly E-Zine with headline news and a weekly assessment of fundraising and grants available for the sector (which may otherwise cost over £200 in individual subscriptions to external sources)
  • A growing range of IT based information and knowledge resources including our web-site: www.artsdevelopmentuk.org with a wide variety of information resources, Twitter and Facebook feeds and on-line forums to exchange news and views.

We also organise the annual national local authority arts investment survey which is a national indicator for the state of the sector and useful lobbying tool.

If you want to find out more about member benefits you can download the 2014 Arts Development UK Membership Benefits form or get in touch at artsdevuk@aol.com

Our Cultural Commons

Picture of Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk

Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk

Our Cultural Commons is inviting leading thinkers from the cultural and related fields to provide comment and provocation to help stimulate discussion. This month Jane Wilson, Chair of Arts Development UK talks about the importance of cultural expression and the role of local authorities and the state in holding that cultural space open. Jane reports:

The term, Our Cultural Commons, as used here, came out through discussion, and only afterwards did we come across the use of the concept ‘cultural commons’, as a developing concept elsewhere, building on the work of Elinor Ostrom (a Nobel prize winner for her work on the commons as an alternative to market economics and government intervention). Hess and Ostrom (2007) defined Commons as a general concept that refers to a resource shared by a group of people, built on principles of self-governance, community action and local action. Within the cultural sector, we have become most accustomed to the use of the word commons in relation to intellectual property, and in particular the concept of creative commons, but the definition as proposed byOstrom and Hess goes much further, encompassing much more nuanced concepts of governance, sustainability, rules, accepted practices, and processes of evolution and change.

A commons provides…a new way of looking at what is shared or should be shared in the world around us. It focuses on collective action and the importance of understanding who shares what, how we share it and how we sustain commons for future generations” (Hess 2008). It is this more nuanced version that particularly resonates with the thinking that lies behind Our Cultural Commons.

If you would like to sign up to the Our Cultural Commons website and take part in the debate, please visit: http://ourculturalcommons.org/signup/

Continue reading Our Cultural Commons

Epic Awards

epic awardsFrom singing to knitting, theatre to painting, across the UK and Republic of Ireland over 60,000 volunteer-led amateur groups provide regular opportunities for people to take part in local creative cultural activities – the Epic Awards celebrate their achievements. The Epic Awards are run by Voluntary Arts, the UK and Republic of Ireland organisation set up to promote participation in creative cultural activity, with support from the Spirit of 2012 Trust. Epic Awards partners, who provide mentoring, training and capacity building support for winning groups, include Making Music, People’s Voice Media, Arts Development UK, Sue Isherwood and Rosemary Curtis.

Last year’s winners included a drumming group born out of the London 2012 Olympics, a knitting project that transformed a Welsh town, an arts festival that brought creativity to rural Scotland, and a group of poets who held recitals in their local park in Ireland. The Awards are open to all groups run by volunteers for no financial gain, and nominated projects or initiatives must have place in the twelve months prior to the nomination deadline. Nominees can be based anywhere in the UK or Republic of Ireland, practise any kind of art form or craft, and involve people of any age group or background.

Nominations for the 2015 Epic Awards will open on Monday 12 January and close at 5pm on Monday 16th March 2015. A Winners’ Reception will take place during Voluntary Arts Week, the annual celebration of creative cultural activity taking place from 15 to 24 May 2015.
For more details on how to nominate your group, visit www.epicawards.co.uk.

New Chief Executive of Arts Council England announced

Darren-Henley-new-CEO_jpg_360x240_q85Arts Council England have announced the appointment of Darren Henley as its new Chief Executive and who will succeed Alan Davey who is leaving after seven years. As well as leading Global’s Classic FM since 1999, Darren has been the author of two defining Government reviews into music and cultural education and is a champion of the importance of arts and culture in the lives of children and young people. From 2007 to 2010, he chaired the Music Manifesto, a government-backed national campaign to improve music education. Global and Arts Council England will now discuss a mutually agreed date for Darren to take up the role.

Cultural Commissioning Toolkits

Cultural-Commissioning-Programme_with-straplineThe Cultural Commissioning Programme has collated a range of resources on cultural commissioning for those wanting to engage in public service commissioning and for commissioners such as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, NHS and others wanting to work with arts and cultural providers. A range of toolkits are available on specific areas at:
Cultural commissioning resources
Understanding cultural commissioning
Practicalities of cultural commissioning
Cultural commissioning evidencing and support
Policy context
Mental health and wellbeing
Older people – cultural commissioning

Epic Awards 2015 nominations opening soon

epic awardsFrom singing to knitting, theatre to painting, across the UK and Republic of Ireland over 60,000 volunteer-led amateur groups provide regular opportunities for people to take part in local creative cultural activities – the Epic Awards celebrate their achievements. The Epic Awards are run by Voluntary Arts, the UK and Republic of Ireland organisation set up to promote participation in creative cultural activity, with support from the Spirit of 2012 Trust. Epic Awards partners, who provide mentoring, training and capacity building support for winning groups, include Making Music, People’s Voice Media, Arts Development UK, Sue Isherwood and Rosemary Curtis.

Last year’s winners included a drumming group born out of the London 2012 Olympics, a knitting project that transformed a Welsh town, an arts festival that brought creativity to rural Scotland, and a group of poets who held recitals in their local park in Ireland.

The Awards are open to all groups run by volunteers for no financial gain, and nominated projects or initiatives must have place in the twelve months prior to the nomination deadline. Nominees can be based anywhere in the UK or Republic of Ireland, practise any kind of art form or craft, and involve people of any age group or background. Nominations for the 2015 Epic Awards will open on Monday 12 January and close at 5pm on Monday 16th March 2015. A Winners’ Reception will take place during Voluntary Arts Week, the annual celebration of creative cultural activity taking place from 15 to 24 May 2015. For more details on how to nominate your group, visit www.epicawards.co.uk.

AD:UK NW Regional Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockThursday 8th January 2015 from 11.30 – 16.00 (lunch provided)
Room 9. St. Helen’s Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens WA10 9ST.
Plans are underway for the next AD:UK NW Regional meeting, taking place on 8th Jan in St Helens. We are hoping to have a Creative People and Places theme for part of the day with presentations/updates from our three North West Projects as well as Arts Council England. If you would like to register your attendance or submit items for the agenda, please contact our regional coordinators Carolyn Primett and Russell Tennant at either carolyn.primett@blackpool.gov.uk or Russell.Tennant@lancashire.gov.uk.

AD:UK North Wales Regional Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockThe next North Wales Arts Development Officer’s – ADUK meeting will be held on Wednesday 10 December, 9.30am to 12.30pm, at the Arts Council Offices in Colwyn Bay. Could you please let N Wales Regional Coordinator Gwenno Eleri Jones (Gwenno_E_Jones@flintshire.gov.uk) know if you’re available to attend and if you have any items for the Agenda? She will give an update on the Arts in Education Report.

Education Secretary’s states that arts education limits career choices

Nicky-MorganEducation Secretary Nicky Morgan has warned young people that choosing to study arts subjects at school could “hold them back for the rest of their lives”. The Education Secretary was speaking at the launch of a campaign to promote science, technology, engineering and maths – the STEM subjects – and said that the idea that choosing arts or humanities subjects to keep pupils’ career choices open “couldn’t be further from the truth” the Stage has reported.

Many of our members will disagree with her comments and you may like to read an excellent response that has gone viral. Others may like to respond to her also. One also wonders what Ms Morgan’s educational history was!

Being Creatively Active: Beyond the Selfie Project

Looked-after children have been expressing themselves in a unique project to improve their wellbeing via creativity – and now everyone can see their work as it’s on display in Pontypridd.

The beautiful photograph collage made by the young people in their Beyond the Selfie project is being shown in the window of an unused shop in Taff Street, Pontypridd, South WalesCachedImageCACAGPWL over the coming months.

Cllr Geraint Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services and Equalities, visited the project today to see for himself the work that was undertaken.

He was accompanied by Anne Hayes from the Council’s Cultural Services Department and Matthew Free from the Council’s Looked After Children Service, who worked with the young children throughout the Summer to deliver the project.

Based at the beautiful Glyncornel Outdoor Education centre, the young people were given lessons in photography and how to use digital cameras and then focused on how to take more than selfies of themselves.

They are delighted their work is now on show for all to see.

Cllr Hopkins said: “We provide a unique and innovative range of services for children and young people who are in our care, whether that is in a foster home or a care home.

“Allowing them to learn more skills, express themselves creatively and give their wellbeing an overall boost through projects such as this is just one of those services.

“Evidence shows that the life chances of looked-after children are, on average, far lower than those of their peers. So we wanted to work with them, artists and youth specialists to help them express their views and emotions while also learning new skills.

“This project goes hand in hand with other innovative work from the Council, such as apprenticeships, training and work placements for looked-after children, access to leisure and sport and more.”

Beyond the Selfie formed part of the wider ArtsConnect Being Creatively Active scheme, which is using the arts to improve the wellbeing of specific groups of people across four local authorities in the region. Other RCT residents  also benefiting from Being Creatively Active include older residents affected by Dementia, who are expressing themselves through singing.

ArtsConnect is a collaboration between the arts services of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and the Vale of Glamorgan and it is the first time that the arts services have worked together in this way.  The project was funded by a generous Arts Lottery grant from Arts Council of Wales, matched with local authority resources.