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.
Our website functions in a WordPress environment, which allows much more member involvement, especially if you sign up to the site to use the various user interfaces (at the top of the site page area, once you have enrolled). Being a member also allows you to contact members who are also signed in to the site at the same time as you.
The site is packed with all the latest news and information, but the real benefits come from registering. Just click the “Register” link in the Login area on the right-hand side to get started. A whole new range of networking opportunities become available on the user tool bar when you log in…. and there is also an induction pack for all new members. Your password and user name will be specific to you and is your choice. Please remember to use lower case letters when you enrol.
The site operates on different levels, depending on your status. Anyone can view the site, but to interact with it you will need to enrol. Some information (for instance the member directory, information on funding and certain parts of the CPD and Training pages and services) will be restricted to Arts Development UK members-only and for this, you will need to become a member of Arts Development UK. Why not join us today!
As many of you know, AD:uk and Arts Council Wales teamed up to develop the 2013 Local Authority Arts Investment and Partnership Survey. ACW have now released their report which is available from their website in Welsh and English. Read more at: http://www.artscouncilofwales.org.uk/what-we-do/research/annual-surveys/local-authority-arts-expenditure-survey
Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk
For those of you who couldn’t attend the AD:uk Conference, which took place on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November last week, we thought you may like to read Jane Wilson’s presentation. Jane’s speech is below:
“Our conference, always relevant, is happening at a particularly interesting time this year, with the recent publication of Rebalancing our Cultural Capital, Towards a Plan A, and the Arts Council of England’s refreshed strategy, Great Art and Culture for Everyone and I wanted to reflect very briefly on the AD:uk position, and open up the opportunity for a dialogue over the next two days with you all, so that as we take forward our national role we are very much reflecting your thoughts. Continue reading Chair’s Presentation to AD:uk Conference
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160 – no, it’s 180. No, it’s now 165 but it could be more on the day.
We have been juggling numbers for days in all sorts of guises. Setting the scene for spectacular free conversations requires major underpinning by extensive lists, groupings and structured plans.
A bit like the undergarments for a Strictly Come Dancing outfit? That’s not the right metaphor… well, like Heston’s science behind a recipe for change then? That’s not quite right either… well, the precise measurement for a perfect souffle?
This was orignally posted on 31 October on the SAUCE Project Blog on a-n’s Artists Talking pages
An inspiring new arts programme is changing the lives of vulnerable adults and children alike by getting them creatively active. “Being Creatively Active” is aninnovative scheme that makes use of the arts to improve the wellbeing of looked-after children and adults living with dementia. The programme funded by the Arts Council for Wales, aims to demonstrate the difference that the arts make to individuals, by allowing them to benefit from interacting with others, expressing their emotions or frustrations. It is being delivered by ArtsConnect, a unique collaboration of four local authority arts services committed to improving engagement in the arts, theatres and galleries at a regional level. Continue reading Creative Arts Programme Changes Lives
Sophie Cullinan and Sally Lemsford, collaborating as SSoCiaL, will be developing the World Cafe on Friday 29th November and will also be working with us on 28th November. The SSoCiaL ‘SAUCED’ residency is a partnership between Arts Development UK and a-n The Artists Information Company and will give us a very creative slant to the World Cafe. They have already started a blog on the residency at http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/3800369 and you can start you participation from now.
We are seeking key themes that delegates would like to explore at the conference so that we can develop a list of “ingredients” and would like to ask delegates and members for suggestions. To respond, please visit their blog at http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/3800369 or send us ideas and suggestions at email@example.com and we can forward them on.
For more information about the conference, visit: http://artsdevelopmentuk.org/aduk-conference-2013/
Just a quick post to let eastern region members know that Norwich Fringe Festival is starting in Saturday 5 October and running till the 19th October, alongside Norwich Sound and Vision, a three-day music and media industry convention and music festival and the Norfolk and Norwich Architects Festival. There’s also Norfolk Black History Month and the Big Draw so there is plenty going on in Norwich in October.
A new report on the way the arts and education sectors work together in Wales, including all forms of support for the arts in school has been launched by the Arts Council of Wales. The joint review, commissioned by the Welsh Government is the first to look in depth at the inter-relationship between the arts and education sectors in Wales. From November 2012 to March 2013, 471 children and young people were consulted as part of the review. This involved children and young people from the ages of 5 to 19 drawn from 42 schools, colleges and organisations. And, in order to build a more accurate and comprehensive picture, the Arts in Education Review team undertook an in-depth consultation exercise across the nation involving face to face engagement with arts and education practitioners, and with learners. The findings provide a unique insight into the topic of arts and creativity in education from the perspective of those directly affected – young people themselves. It is significant that 99% of schools responding to the consultation felt that involvement in the arts improved learner engagement. Similarly, 98 % and 99 % of schools felt the arts developed emotional well-being and interpersonal skills respectively, while all artists felt the arts developed these skills to some degree.
Everyone consulted – including young people, teachers and arts practitioners – felt that artists and arts organisations coming into schools is hugely important for stimulating young people’s interest, and in reinforcing day-to-day delivery of arts subjects. They also felt that young people gain tremendous benefits and inspiration from visits to theatres, galleries and exhibitions. The full report is available to download here.
As some of you may be aware AD:uk is on Twitter (follow @artsdevuk). Twitter is an incredibly useful tool for sharing news, connecting with others, finding out about opportunities and raising our profile. We have been getting a lot of coverage through Twitter since the publication of our spending survey, you can see some of the responses here http://storify.com/artsdevuk/ad-uk-local-government-spending-survey. At this year’s conference we would like to encourage you all to share your thoughts using the hashtag #adukconf13. We’ll be live streaming the tweets throughout the conference and will be sharing our favourite tweets on the website. This blog post on Huffington Post offers a crash course on how you can use twitter at Conference http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-maschka/how-to-use-your-next-conf_b_3618895.html.
For those not familiar with twitter I provided some tips on how to use it, which you can see here http://artsdevelopmentuk.org/2012/02/how-to-tweet-tips-on-using-twitter/
Lucia Masundire: AD:uk East Midlands Regional Coordinator (Project Manager at Leics CC)