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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 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

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?

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

Join ADUK now for 2015/16 – fees frozen at last year’s levels

April 2015 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


  • 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 2015 Arts Development UK Membership Benefits form or get in touch at artsdevuk@aol.com

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

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)

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.

AD:UK Southern Regions Mass Meeting: Booking is now open on Eventbrite

Tuesday 17th March
The Lift, Islington, London
Following feedback from various members, both at the conference and in other ways, it seems that many members would appreciate more time to meet other colleagues from outside their immediate working are so AD:UK is hosting two Mass Regional meetings, one north, one south. These follow-on from the already successful All-Wales ADUK Cymru meetings that are already part of our annual programme. Each day will include a discussion forum and panel debate followed by a series of more informal regional discussions with your regional coordinators.

The date for the first of these meetings for members from the South of England (SW, SE, London and Eastern Regions), will be on Tuesday 17 March when we will be hosting a joint regional meeting in London taking place at Lift in Islington.

The meeting will be free for members to attend, but there will be a small surcharge of £10.00 (+ VAT = £12), for lunch and refreshments. We will have plenary sessions at the beginning and then will break into our usual regional groups with your regional coordinators, finishing up with tea and a chat before we all get trains home.

So please get the date in your diary and let’s start the year off together. Booking forms for the Southern Mass regional networking 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 note that the venue does not allow other food to be taken into the premises).

Information about the Midlands and Northern Networking meeting (for members in the East & West Midlands, NW, NE and Yorkshire Regions invited to attend) will follow shortly in the ezine, and is scheduled for 13th May, taking place at the Central Library in Manchester so watch this space and reserve either the 17th March or 13th May in your diary now!

Arts Development UK Cymru Meeting

Thursday 19th March (12.30 – 16.30)
Crafts in the Bay, Cardiff Bay
The next Arts Development UK Cymru meeting will be held at Crafts in the Bay in Cardiff Bay on Thursday 19th March (an agenda and more details will follow shortly). The meeting is scheduled from 12.00 – 16.30 and lunch will be provided.

We were originally scheduling the meeting for Wrexham, but Oriel Wrecsam is closing in March. We will try to find an appropriate venue for the next meeting in Mid/North Wales (and it you would like to offer a space, please let me know).

Can you please hold the date in your diary?
Pete Bryan: Administrator: Arts Development UK. Tel: 01269 824728, Email: artsdevuk@aol.com