Arts Development UK is a professional association, with a membership drawn from local authorities and those working in the creative industries sector in England and Wales.
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Arts Development UK are partnering with the NCVO Cultural Commissioning Programme to develop 2 new Cultural Commissioning Seminars to take place in June 2014. The Seminar Programme will be in association with the National Leisure and Culture Forum. We intend to hold one seminar in London (at the Camden Centre on 6th June 2014) and one in the north of England (at Cast in Doncaster on 10th June 2014).
We are seeking good practice case studies for presentations at both seminars and are interested in presentations from both Commissioning and Commissioned perspectives. We are looking specifically at Cultural Commissioning examples into non-cultural sectors (i.e.: health, wellbeing, crime prevention, children’s services, social care etc), and not just the commissioning process itself in engaging artists and arts groups. The purpose of the seminar is to promote good practice and to focus cultural organisations on the potential of future commissioning practice in non-cultural sectors. The seminar programme is aimed at local authorities (commissioning officers and cultural services), arts, libraries and museums services and independent organisations, and artists and others involved in the cultural sector. In particular (but not exclusively) we are seeking case studies that consider:
• Cultural commissioning to deliver outcomes for older people
• Cultural commissioning to deliver mental health & wellbeing outcomes
• Cultural commissioning to deliver place-based outcomes
• Engaging users in service design
We are also seeking ideas and suggestions for presentations on the following areas:
• Delivering commissioner outcomes through arts and cultural programmes
• The relationship between high artistic and cultural quality and the delivery of good public service outcomes
• Collaborative working to secure commissions
• Demonstrating impact on public service outcomes
If you would like to take part in the Seminar Programme and volunteer a presentation, please write a short synopsis (up to 200 words) giving your contact details for further information. Please send it to us by email to email@example.com by 14th March 2014.
In return for a presentation, presenters will be given a free place at the seminar and travel, subsistence & accommodation expenses will be provided.
Last year we awarded 63 Fellowships to our members. The 2013 Fellowship programme is now open at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ADuk-PFPand members have until 10th March to register onto the AD:uk Professional Fellowship Programme to record CPD experience undertaken during calendar year 2013. Organisational members of AD:uk can register up to five individuals from their organisation to sign up to the Professional Fellowship Programme. Individual members also have one place.
There are three Fellowship bands:
- Associate Fellow status: for those being awarded over 50 credits in a calendar year
- Fellow status: for those being awarded over 100 credits in a calendar year, and
- Senior Fellow status: for those awarded over 150 credits in a calendar year.
The certificated programme operates by individuals completing an online questionnaire recording their CPD achievement in each calendar year. Previous experience and qualifications will also be recorded as part of the assessment. Members have until 28th February to register and complete their entry for this year. Credit points will be awarded for a range of different CPD initiatives completed, through services provided by AD:uk or by other organisations. The next group of AD:uk Professional Fellowships will be awarded in March 2014.
For those of you, who attained either a certificate of merit or a fellowship award in 2012, please note that you can add to your award with further CPD credits scored in 2013, but you need a minimum of 20 credits to enable you to carry forward your Fellowship award into 2014.
For further information on the programme and how to apply, please visit: http://artsdevelopmentuk.org/training-and-cpd/professional-fellowship-programme/ or contact: Pete Bryan, AD:uk Administrator, Oak Villa, off Amman Rd, Lower Brynamman, Ammanford SA18 1SN Tel: 01269 824728 or email: artsdevUK@aol.com. Please note that this is restricted to members only, so if you have not yet joined (or rejoined) AD:uk, now is the time. Don’t miss out.
The Culture in Planning Alliance (CiPA) is delighted that the new online Planning Practice Guidance published on 06 March 2014 and introduced by Nick Boles MP in his written ministerial statement includes new references to guide the development of culture in local plans and plan-making. CiPA is very pleased that many of its recommendations during consultation on the beta version have been included. CiPA includes The Theatres Trust, ixia public art think tank, the National Federation of Artists Studio Providers (NFASP), Arts Development UK, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), UK Theatre, Voluntary Arts, the Visual Arts and Galleries Association (VAGA), the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) and the Little Theatre Guild.
The published Planning Practice Guidance now states:
That ‘catchment areas of facilities providing cultural and social well-being’ should be considered when defining ‘functional economic market areas’. This will help local authorities and developers consider where to locate cultural facilities, and we hope support neighbouring councils in their duty to co-operate with each other.
In relation to identifying sites for development ‘Housing and economic land availability assessment’ guidance now states that when plan makers call for potential sites and broad locations for development, these could include cultural uses. This is important as it means that cultural proposals have equal consideration alongside other uses.
There is a very welcome new section on health and well-being and this identifies that cultural-wellbeing is among the issues to be considered in plan-making and decision-making processes in respect of health and healthcare infrastructure.
The ‘Design’ guidance states, ‘Public art and sculpture can play an important role in making interesting and exciting places that people enjoy using’. This promotes and supports the provision of public art via the planning system and as part of the development of places.
And finally, guidance on the provision of rural housing also now recognises that the provision of cultural venues contributes to a thriving rural community.
Mhora Samuel, the Director of The Theatres Trust said, “Inclusion of culture in the new Planning Practice Guidance marks a real step forward in helping everyone to plan future cultural provision and the Culture in Planning Alliance is delighted to have been instrumental in making this happen.”
The online planning guidance can be found at: http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/
Chief Cultural & Leisure Officers Association (cCLOA) have published a guidance document that aims to help commissioners and providers of culture and leisure services in England understand and engage more effectively and collaboratively with this key agenda. The report has been commissioned through the National Leisure and Culture Forum (NLCF) and has been supported by AD:uk in the provision of some of the case studies.
The guidance aims to improve understanding about the structures, frameworks and outcomes relating to public health and has been welcomed by Public Health England, National Institute of Clinical Excellence, LGA, Sport & Recreation Alliance, Arts Council England, Sport England and CIMSPA. The document also highlights, through a series of case studies, how culture and leisure can help to tackle unhealthy lifestyles, address the social determinants of health, offer cost effective approaches, bring creative solutions and engage communities, families and individuals in managing their wellbeing.
cCLOA believes that proactively responding to this agenda provides an opportunity for the sector to position itself as a key part of the solution and Iain Varah, Chair of cCLOA said “Our document highlights the importance of collaborating on the health and wellbeing agenda and is the starting point to further reposition leisure and culture in the current financial local government climate. To achieve this, local authorities will need to work closely with their leisure and culture providers, voluntary groups and organisations to support and enable them to welcome people with the poorest chances of good health outcomes. For some authorities this will mean repositioning their cultural services so that they become more focused and better targeted. Local authority leisure and cultural services were born out of the 1875 Public Health Act; Victoria Park Hackney, which opened in 1845, and was a direct result of public health concerns and sanitary conditions, as was the first Public baths in 1842 in Fredrick Street Liverpool. Improving health and wellbeing is a global problem, but it has local solutions and is now back in the responsible hands of local authorities. We hope this document acts as a mandate for shared action.”
You can download a copy of the guidance at: http://www.cloa.org.uk/images/stories/Print_version_-_The_role_of_culture_and_sport_in_improving_health_and_well-being.pdf
The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has opened an inquiry into the work of Arts Council England and its regional funding policies. It is seeking views on whether the geographical distribution of arts funding is fair, and whether there is any justification for the current weighting of this towards London. The inquiry will also examine the scope, scale and remit of ACE, and will be examining the economic and artistic criteria that underpin funding decisions.
Arts Development UK believes that Arts Council has achieved a great deal for the arts, artists and communities of England and that the inquiry provides a welcome opportunity to re-focus the resources available for public support of the arts. Below is the executive summary of our response. You can read our full response here
- There is a funding imbalance, not simply between London and the regions, but between urban and rural, metropolitan centres and suburbs. It will be more constructive to discuss the implications of this imbalance and whether and how it needs addressing, rather than debating the statistical detail
- There is a rapid decline in local authority funding for the arts which is exacerbating the funding imbalance, and is having a particularly strong impact on support for the local, community and voluntary arts sectors
- Historic funding decisions have an disproportionate influence on the distribution of current resources, and although turning this round will be complex and require a significant time scale, it is essential to actively manage this situation rather than simply let it continue
- A responsive approach to funding, laudable in principle, over time is compromised by the development of successful clusters of networked individuals and organisations, disadvantages applicants from outside those clusters, and limits the use of resources to address identified need
- Risk management applied without reference to need or geographic differentials again disadvantages areas without established arts organisations with a track record of public funding
- Successful arts clusters are an essential part of the growth of a strong arts ecology, and successful organisations within those clusters should be encouraged to generate more of their own income
- There needs to be more robust knowledge of the whole arts ecology, beyond directly funded organisations
- Data analysis should play a greater role in the development of policy, in particular we are concerned by the apparent lack of correlation between ACE investment and levels of arts engagement
- Finally, we would like to see a clearer relationship between strategic goals, developed in relation to a robust knowledge base, and funding priorities
We have had increasing difficulty in appointing a NE Regional coordinator to represent the region at a national level, so in order to ensure that NE regional members are supported, we have agreed to combine the NE region with the Yorkshire and Humberside areas to make a new North East England and Yorkshire region. The region will be represented by Portia Simpson (City of York Council) and Mary Nash (Doncaster MBC). Mary and Portia are currently planning their next regional meeting (scheduled to take place in Doncaster in March) and we will inform you through the ezine of the agenda and the date. In the meantime, if you wish to add anything to the agenda for the next meeting, or to discuss regional development, Mary is available at: firstname.lastname@example.org and Portia at: email@example.com.
We are delighted to report that the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay have offered to host the AD:uk Conference for 2014, so it is a welcome return to Wales for the next conference. The conference will take place on 16th and 17th October 2014 so please hold the dates in your diary. We will be looking for good practice case studies from out members to share at the conference. If you would like to be considered, can you please submit a short synopsis of your presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org so that the Conference Working Party can consider them at their next meeting? Suggestions for presentations should be submitted by 28th Feb. Remember that those chosen will each receive a free place at the conference and you can also use the experience to earn credits towards our next AD:uk Professional Fellowship Programme.
The latest figures estimating the composition of the UK’s creative economy and the financial performance of the creative industries are shining a clearer light on the economic impact of the arts. Using new criteria developed following a 2012 study by Nesta to classify the activities of the different parts of the creative industries, the Creative Industries Economic Estimates have been compiled by the DCMS to give a more accurate picture than ever before of the economic impact of creative employment. The figures for the first time report on the creative economy as a whole and recognise the contribution of creative businesses as well as that of people who work in creative occupations in other types of organisations. They reveal that 2.55m people in the UK are now employed in the creative economy, which accounts for one in twelve of all jobs. The creative workforce has been growing faster than other sectors, having increased by 6% between 2011 and 2012. In the sub-sector of music and the performing and visual arts, where employment stood at 224k in 2012, the increase was only 0.9% over the previous year – but still greater than the UK average of increase of just 0.7%. Creative businesses made a significant financial contribution to the economy, with their Gross Value Added (GVA) reaching £71bn in 2012 and accounting for 5.2% of the UK Economy. This contribution grew by 9.4% between 2011 and 2012, but within this, the GVA generated specifically by music and the performing and visual arts increased by 13%. Both figures are well ahead of the UK average growth for all sectors, which stood at just 1.6%.
(Source: Arts Professional)
A House of Commons Select Committee has opened an inquiry into the work of Arts Council England and its regional funding policies. ACE is to be the subject of a Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry which is seeking views on whether the geographical distribution of arts funding is fair, and whether there is any justification for the current weighting of this towards London. The inquiry will also examine the scope, scale and remit of ACE, and will be examining the economic and artistic criteria that underpin funding decisions. The Committee is inviting written evidence from those who wish to contribute. Written submissions can be sent online via a web portal which will be open for submissions until Monday 24 February. The Committee chair is Conservative MP John Whittingdale (Maldon) and its all-party members represent constituencies in Exeter, Ealing Central and Acton, Bournemouth West, Chatham and Aylesford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Manchester, Withington, Liverpool, Walton, Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Bradford South.
(Source: Arts Professional)