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Booking is now open for the Arts Development UK National Seminar: Arts, Health & Wellbeing

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Venue: St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Date: Tuesday 1st December 2015

This next national seminar in our professional development programme is aimed at officers involved in both policy and practice related to arts, health and wellbeing commissioning and service provision. Our training needs survey and previous seminar feedback indicated that arts officers across both England and Wales who are engaged in and keen to learn more this area of work. It will also assist health professionals to learn more about the benefits of applying arts and cultural participation to improve health and wellbeing.

The seminar will illustrate best practice arts services in both England and Wales, giving delegates networking opportunities and an opportunity to take part in a series of activities illustrating arts, health and wellbeing. The seminar will demonstrate how working through arts participation, individuals, organisations and communities can increase participation and access to health and wellbeing; also increasing confidence and ability, community development and social cohesion, and bringing groups of disadvantaged or hard to reach people to increase their quality of life. The day will allow delegates to hear about policy and practice from a range of informed speakers and presenters from Wales and England.

The morning will include keynote presentations followed by a series of breakout sessions with presenters drawn from good practice case studies from a national prospective with opportunities for debate and information sharing. The day is aimed at arts and cultural organisations, artists, those in the health, wellbeing and social care sectors, local and national government policy makers, and those working in the voluntary and independent sectors. We very much hope that you will be able to join us for an enlightening and informative day that should enable you to support better cultural practice and delivery with communities in your own areas.

Please note that you can book this year using Eventbrite by clicking: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-development-uk-arts-health-and-wellbeing-national-seminar-tickets-18991772904 if you wish to pay by credit card. If you prefer to be invoiced, download the programme and electronic booking form. and complete and return by post or by email (but if sending electronically, please remember to save the file as something else as the file is read only). The programme and booking form is also available in Welsh by request to artsdevuk@aol.com.

Please reserve the date in your diaries now. For more information about the event please contact Pete Bryan, Arts Development UK Administrator on artsdevuk@aol.com or tel 01269 824728.

This event is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

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 2015

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 UK Group Organisational membership application form

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

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.

Arts Development UK Members Survey 2015

ADUK-green-A-blockWe would like you to help us improve our services, so we’d be grateful if you’d find the time to fill in our Members Survey for 2015. As an extra incentive, we’re running a prize draw with the offer of a free place at one of our National Seminars in 2016 (only completed questionnaires will be valid).

In order to monitor how effective our services have been to the membership, we are seeking members’ views on our range of activities and would appreciate your help in suggesting improvements for the future.

The questionnaire should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will give us invaluable information so that we can continually improve and provide services that meet your needs.

Please click https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/members_survey_2015 to begin the survey.

ADUK South Wales Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockFor your diaries – the next meeting will be held on Thursday September 17th at Newbridge Memo (http://www.newbridgememo.co.uk/en/your-visit/) 10am for a 10:30am start. Thank you to Helen Harman at Newbridge Memo (and new members of AD:uk) for kindly hosting the meeting and an agenda and minutes from the last meeting will follow shortly.

Verity and I look forward to seeing you there!
Kind Regards,
Caroline O’Neill: Regional Coordinator: South Wales. Caroline.A.O’Neill@rctcbc.gov.uk

Arts Development UK Local Authority Arts Investment & Partnership Survey 2015

ADUK-green-A-blockArts Development UK are pleased to announce the release of the twelfth consecutive annual local authority arts investment survey, undertaken to assess the level of arts investment for 2015/16. The survey was undertaken in spring/summer 2015 to assess the level of arts spending forecast for 2015/16 with an online survey sent to all authorities in England and Wales. 61 responses were returned, representing 16% of all authorities in England and Wales, and out of this, 26% of authorities with an arts service, a comparable response rate to the survey response in 2014. The survey shows continued and significant changes to budgets in local authority arts spending. Out of 353 authorities in England and 22 in Wales, and as of August 2015, 138 local authorities have no dedicated arts officer and have no direct arts service. This represents 37% of all authorities in England and Wales. The remaining 63% have services that are vulnerable to cuts and like the rest of the local authority cultural sector the majority are operating in reduced financial circumstances.

The survey has enabled a comparison of past trends and focussed on relevant contemporary concerns, such as financial issues, priority targets, partnerships and the relationship with other bodies including the Arts Councils in England and Wales. Responses to the 2015 survey reveal a challenging picture of the arts in local communities.

Tony Witton, Arts & Cultural Services Manager with Kent County Council and Chair of ADUK’s Research and Advocacy Working Party & Trustee comments: “This year’s survey shows that, in a context of increasing and extreme financial pressures on public funding across the board, our sector has been able to show resilience and remain reasonably stable overall. We can see from the survey that our continued ability to innovate and collaborate, using the arts to deliver outcomes across a wide range of agendas is a significant contributory factor. However, if we want to continue to hold a sustainable position in the longer term, we need to become more creative by growing our partnerships and using different language to position our sector more centrally within mainstream debates by demonstrating the value of public funding to the growth of the economy and the creation of a skills pathway for the cultural and creative industries through a solid cultural education guarantee.”

Jane Wilson, Chair of ADUK stated: “The continuing pattern of change, as more and more authorities outsource services and re-purpose remaining staff into more general roles, highlights the increasing need to consider how these new patterns of operation will effect capacity to understand and plan for local cultural needs over the long term.”

The complete survey report is available here: ADuk-ACW LAArtsSpendingSurveyReport 3-9-15

Continue reading Arts Development UK Local Authority Arts Investment & Partnership Survey 2015

Government White Paper sets out future for arts funding sector

WestminsterA series of open, online discussions will soon allow the public to feed into the new White Paper which will be published in late 2015 or early 2016. A new Government White Paper will set out a vision and agenda for the future of the arts, culture and heritage sector. Due to be published at the end of this year, or in early 2016, the DCMS will shortly start a series of online, open discussions to inform the paper.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said it would be the first overview of the cultural sectors and the Government’s role in supporting them of its kind since Jennie Lee, the first Minister for the Arts, published the very first White Paper on the arts 50 years ago. The White Paper will explore four key themes: the role that culture plays in creating places that people want to live, work and visit; people and how they engage with culture; funding models and how they can contribute to financial resilience in the sector; and culture as a tool for promoting Britain abroad.

Details of the online discussions, which will take place over 12 weeks on social media and a new online discussion platform called #OurCulture, will be released shortly.
(Source: Arts Professional. Read more here)

Arts Development Uk Skills & Knowledge Bank 2015

ADUK-green-A-blockA new matrix is now available for those who have volunteered to exchange skills with other members.

The AD:uk Skills and Knowledge Bank is open for members to exchange skills, knowledge and experience. With nearly 400 corporate and individual members in place, our membership reflects a wealth of personal experience and knowledge that members can benefit from.

Like a bank, you can deposit skills that you would like to share and also borrow knowledge from other members who have lodged their interests with us. The Skills Bank will also earn you interest in the form of credits that you can use towards the AD:uk National Fellowship Programme, launched at our conference in October.

If you are interested in participating in shared and informal knowledge exchange (and please note that this is not a mentoring programme), please complete the following Survey Monkey questionnaire at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ADukSkillsBank

For those of you that want to consult the Skills & Knowledge Matrix to view the available skills and competencies that members have volunteered, please visit: 2015 Skills Bank Matrix.

Each participant has agreed to offer up to 10 hours of skills exchange each year.  Why not give it a try?

ADUK Professional Fellowship Programme 2014/15

We are delighted to say that the assessments for the 2014 Arts Development UK Professional Fellowship programme is now complete and that all entries for this year have been moderated by our Professional Development Working Party. As a result, we are happy to welcome a new cohort of professional fellowship holders for 2014/15, and certificates have now been sent to all participating members this week.

After moderation, it was recommended to award:
• 44 Senior Fellowships
• 10 Fellowships
• 6 Associate Fellowships
• 1 Certificate of Achievement

This is the 4th year of the Fellowship Programme and the scheme is very successful with participating members. The Professional Fellowship Programme awards enable our members to earn credits for their annual professional development and training experience and be certificated through our Fellowship programme. Credits are awarded in each calendar year for a range of different professional development initiatives completed, through services provided by ADUK or by other organisations. The certificated programme entails individuals completing an online survey of their annual professional development activities, with previous experience and qualifications also recorded as part of the assessment.

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.

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. The Fellowship programme has been developed by G&M Associates and Business in the Arts NW, with funding through an Arts Council England grant. It is the result of a year-long consultation and assessment programme, which included discussion with a range of arts and cultural officers and senior managers in the local authority sector. Organisational members of ADUK can register up to five individuals from their organisation on the Professional Fellowship Programme. Individual members have one place.

Katherine West, Chair of ADUK’s Professional Development Working Party and Arts & Festivals Manager of Cheshire West & Chester Council said “Wherever you are in your career, AD:UK intends to help members to develop the latest skills, signposting them to relevant qualifications, helping them to learn more about arts development and making them part of a big community of respected professionals.”

As many people view the ADUK annual conference as a major contributor to their annual CPD, and as the conference is not taking place until February 2016, we have decided to change the start date for the next tranche of Fellowships in 2015/16 to start in April 2015 and to finish in March 2016. The scheme will therefore be launched at the ADUK conference in Feb 2016 and will then be open for new entries. What this space for more information.

For further information on the programme and how to apply, contact artsdevUK@aol.com.

Party manifestos & the arts

Six of the seven leading parties have now published their manifestos, revealing varying commitment to arts and culture. The Green Party is alone in its pledge to reverse the tide of cuts with an additional £500m for the arts, while UKIP say they would abolish the DCMS. Except for UKIP, all affirm the necessity of the arts and culture in society. Labour and The Greens both mention creative education. Labour will guarantee a universal entitlement to it, intending to strengthen creative education in schools and after-school clubs, with the Green Party also pledging to support creative and vocational areas in the curriculum. Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru all mentioning their commitment to ensuring that galleries and museums are subsidised sufficiently for this to continue.

The Conservatives say they would continue and potentially extend tax reliefs for those working in the creative industries, while the Liberal Democrats mention the specific aim of doubling the number of businesses that hire apprentices, finding new markets in the creative and digital industries. They also pledge continued support for the Creative Industries Council as a tool to address barriers to finance for small creative businesses, and to grow the creative industries as a whole. Conversely, Labour plans to establish a new Prime Minister’s Committee on Arts, Culture and Creative Industries, with membership drawn from all sectors.

Labour makes a clear commitment to working with public bodies to rebalance funding across the country, while The Greens go a step further, pledging to “give local authorities powers to encourage local live performance in the arts by moving funding from the regional to the local level”. The Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru say they would guarantee access for all, but make no mention of geographical distribution, while the Conservatives claim credit for having already achieved geographical spread: “Over the last five years, we have made sure that arts funding benefits the whole of the UK.”
Source: Arts Professional: read more here)

Shaping the Arts Landscape: ADUK Midlands & Northern Regions Mass Meeting: Booking is now open on Eventbrite

ADUK-green-A-blockWednesday 13th May 2015 (11.30 – 17.30)
Venue: The Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
Cost: Free, but with a small optional charge of £12 (£10 +VAT) to cover lunch.
Following our successful first Southern Mass Regions Meeting in London on 17th March, AD:UK are hosting the second mass regional meeting for our members in the Midlands and the Northern regions of England (to include East & West Midlands, the Yorkshire/Humberside and NE Region and the NW region invited to attend). Entitled “Shaping the Arts Landscape”, the event takes place on Wednesday 13th May (a week after the General Election) and will include a panel debate followed by a series of more informal discussion forums before splitting into regional discussions with your regional coordinators.

The meeting will be free for members to attend, but there will be a small surcharge of £10.00 (+ VAT), for lunch and refreshments. We will have a plenary session at the beginning and then will break into our usual regional groups with your regional coordinators, finishing up with an opportunity for you to catch up with your colleagues and informally network before we all get trains home.

So please get the date in your diary! Booking forms for the Midlands & Northern Regions Mass Meeting are now available on Eventbrite here (where you can pay for the lunch surcharge directly by credit card). It you do not require lunch, a Word version of the booking form is available through AD:UK at artsdevuk@aol.com (but please eat prior to the event as the venue does not allow other food to be taken into the premises).

We hope that you will be able to join us. Please note that the event is also open to non-member organisations.