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:
• 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 2016
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 UIK Group Organisational membership application form
Membership for personal membership is available here: Arts Development UK Personal membership application form Continue reading Joining Arts Development UK
The Arts Development UK Arts & Resilience National Seminar held on 2nd December 2016 in Leicester was a great success. Feedback from delegates indicates that it was a very informative day. We have put links to the various presentations at the foot of this page.
Keynote presentations included speeches by:
- John Rance: CEO of Phoenix Cinema and arts centre
- Prof Peter Latchford, CEO of Black Radley Download Peter’s presentation here: prof-peter-latchford-presentation
- Jane Wilson, Chair of ADUK and Culture & Community Manager at Cambridge City Council
We have a few copies of Prof Peter Latchford’s excellent book on The Resilient Cultural Organisation (normally £15.00 + postage), available at the discounted price of just £10 + postage, on a first –come-first –served basis. If you are interested in getting a copy, please contact email@example.com.
The other presentations can be found through the links below:
Morning Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1: The Arts Development Company Dorset
Download presentation here: dorset-presentation
Breakout 2: Creative Leicestershire
Download presentation here: creative-leicestershire-generator
Breakout 3: Enable Wandsworth
Download presentation here: enable-lc-presentation-aduk-2016
Breakout 4: Resilience Worshop lead by Sue Isherwood & Steve Wood
Download presentation here: steve-wood-resilience-workshop
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Breakout 1: Catalyst Milton Keynes
Download presentation here: thecultureofchange
Breakout 2: ArtsConnect
Download presentation here: arts-connect-petra-project
Breakout 3: Creative Minds
Download presentation here: creative-minds
Breakout 4: The Stove Network
Download presentation here: breakout-4-the-stove
In summer 2016 Arts Development UK (ADUK) undertook its 13th annual local authority spending survey to assess the level of arts spending forecast for 2016/17. For the last 4 years the survey has been in association with Arts Council of Wales, demonstrating ADUK’s growing relationship with local authorities in Wales as well as England, delivering our ambition to broaden the membership and our activities in both countries. 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 2016 survey reveal a challenging picture of the arts in local communities. ADUK sent an online survey to all authorities in England and Wales. We received 44 responses from local authorities, representing 12% of all authorities in England and Wales, and out of this, 19% of authorities with an arts service, a comparable response rate to the survey response in 2015. The full report is available here: aduk-local-authority-arts-investment-report-2016-final
The survey continues to be important and we are pleased that respondents took part despite shortages of staff and time. The 2016 survey shows what is important to arts services currently provided by local authorities (read more below): Continue reading ADUK/ACW Local Authority Arts Investment & Partnership Survey 2016/17
Following more than two years working and consulting with artists, major public funders and visual arts organisations, a-n and AIR has published new guidelines for paying artists for their contribution to public exhibitions. ADUK has supported the initiative and strongly urges all members to comply with the scheme.
At the official launch at Jerwood Space in London, Shonagh Manson, director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Jerwood Visual Arts, outlined why she supports the principles of Exhibition Payment: “By actively taking part in the [Paying Artists] research as a test organisation we’ve been taking a real forensic look at how we’ve been working with artists and how we’ve been paying them,” she said. “This framework has already helped us to focus, and we’ve found ways to increase some of our fee offers to artists even while having to cut our budgets overall.”
The guide outlines a set of suggested payments to artists (ranging from £150 to £6,000) as a fee for their contributions to publicly-funded exhibitions. It covers a wide range of exhibition scenarios along with guidance for implementation. The guidance is supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. The culmination of extensive consultation and testing across the sector. It is a significant milestone in the journey to fair pay for artists. Download the Exhibition Payment Guide here
2nd December (9.30 – 16.30)
We have now confirmed the final programme for our next national seminar, taking place in Leicester on 2nd December. Please note that you can book this year using Eventbrite if you wish to pay by credit/debit card by clicking:
EVENTBRITE WEBSITE ARTS & RESILIENCE BOOKING
If you wish to be invoiced for the event a PDF booking form is available here:
ARTS & RESILIENCE BOOKING FORM
If you wish to download a PDF of the full event programme and booking form, please click here:
ARTS & RESILIENCE FULL PROGRAMME INCLUDING BOOKING FORM Continue reading ADUK National Seminar on Arts & Resilience
Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk
As the Culture and Community Manager for Cambridge City Council I have been heavily involved in the set-up of our local cultural education partnership, My Cambridge. The partnership had started before the launch of the Cultural Education Challenge last October, and we had and still are working closely with our local bridge organisation, Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge.
The principle of a local cultural education partnership fits very closely with the aspirations and ethics underpinning Arts Development UK, working through arts and culture and building links with other sectors, to achieve wider local aspirations. These principles have been embedded in members’ work for as long as I can remember, not just in relation to education, but also health, community well-being, economic development and more. Many if not most of you will have been working with arts, culture and education as a core part of your work. Given this, a valid question might well be, what additional benefit comes from setting up a local cultural education partnership?
In my conference speech earlier in the year I talked about the increasing importance of local partnerships as a route to resilience. The better we can demonstrate the multiple ways in which arts and culture contribute to successful places, the harder it becomes to remove that value. Working locally is absolutely critical, but it can be very difficult to get local traction from a standing start.
Continue reading Notes from the Chair: Local Cultural Education Partnerships – a view from the field
Original, quirky and daring, RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today. It is planned and programmed by young people for young people. The first festival will take place from 18th – 21st August in Newport. More details on our lovely new website here: http://www.rawffest.wales/
Interesting times indeed. Whichever way you voted in the EU referendum it is clear that we have entered into new and uncertain times. Institutions and structures which had seemed like the permanent backdrop for our work: very much there, important, but not particularly visible (and a little like the governing documents of many charities), are now both centre stage and potentially time limited. Not only EU membership, but many other long term structures and policies of state feel less stable, less secure, less to be taken for granted.
So what can our role be? Many of us work either for local authorities or for charities. Directly political action is both inappropriate and inadvisable, but this does not mean we do nothing. We need to think and plan for a landscape in flux.
I would like to suggest that there are two main kinds of action we can take.
Continue reading Notes from the Chair
The Creative Industries Federation were quick in bringing the sector together to make an early start on considering the implications of Brexit for the cultural and creative industries. Attended by over 150 delegates, including the ADUK Vice Chair Tony Witton and London Regional Coordinator Matthew Couper, the meeting was a useful forum for colleagues to collectively consider the breadth of the implications of leaving the EU and a demonstration of the strength of feeling for working together to protect our industry.
Fabrice Montagne, Chief UK and Senior European Economist at Barclays made the following financial predictions:
- The country will go into recession with firstly production being affected as markets lose confidence followed by a slowdown in consumption as labour markets are affected and household income drops.
- The level of recession will not be as severe as the financial crash in 2008 and is likely to begin impacting in the early autumn.
- There is likely to be a cut in interest rates
The net result of the economic turn down is that deficit will get worse. It was noted that this may have been the case regardless of Brexit.
Continue reading Feedback from Creative Industries Federation on Brexit
ADUK are the lead organisation in a major national youth festival taking place in Wales called RawFfest. RawFfest will offer a festival which is curated and programmes by young people and for young people between the ages of 14 and 25 from Wales and across the UK. We are offering a residential programme that offers a completely immersive opportunity for young people to work together and inspire each other. We hope that it will be life changing.
To read more about RawFfest, click here: www.rawffest.wales.
If you would like to sponsor a young person (and £15 would pay for a young person to attend a day free of charge) please visit our My Donate website at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/rawffest
On: Monday 27th June, 2-4pm
Venue: The Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB
We are writing to introduce ourselves to you as the ADUK South East representatives and to let you know that it’s time for our South East Regional Meeting! We want to take this opportunity to get to know you and make sure you are getting what you need out of your membership. It will be an informal session in which we will share information about Arts Development nationally and across the region and find out about the opportunities and challenges you are facing locally.
So join us for some coffee, cake and conversation! ADUK is a membership organisation and therefore meetings are usually restricted, however if you know of any non-members that you think might be interested in joining us please let us know as guests are permitted to attend for one meeting.
Please rsvp to this message by Monday 20th June (so we can make sure there is enough cake) to either of us (at the hyperlinks below).
We look forward to seeing you there.
Michelle and Lucy
ADUK South East Regional Coordinators