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!
Our annual local authority arts investment and partnership survey for 2013 is now live and we urge you all to take part this year. The survey is open to both member and non-member authorities and will allow us to review vital information about the health of the arts sector.
This year the survey is being undertaken in partnership with Arts Council of Wales and we have both English and Welsh versions of the questionnaire on Survey Monkey.
Continue reading AD:uk Local Authority Arts Investment & Partnership Survey 2013
The new membership year for AD:uk started on April 1st. The recent AD:uk membership survey indicated that many of you would like to see some changes to the membership classifications and we are pleased to report that we have now done this by introducing revised membership categories.
We have also introduced a new membership classification for larger organisations. We can now offer Group Organisational membership with two bands:
- Group Organisational membership for up to 5 individual officers
- Group Organisational membership for up to 10 individual officers
This gives you the potential for up to 10 individuals to be listed, all having full membership benefits for as little as £30 each (as compared to the standard rate of £80 for personal membership).
If you would like to take up this offer (and it may particularly benefit local authorities), please contact us and we will send you an application form. Continue reading Renewal of AD:uk Membership for 2013-14
We (Lucia Masundire and Diana Pasek-Atkinson, East Midlands Coordinators) are preparing a response on behalf of AD:uk regarding the DCMS consultation on ‘Classifying and measuring the creative industries’. The consultation has a number of proposals regarding measuring the creative industries, most notably a proposal that gave the impression that the DCMS was considering removing ‘Craft’ from the definition of a creative industry. Recently the DCMS have clarified their position, stating that they were never proposing to remove craft from the definition but wanting to hear our views on how they can better identify and measure the craft sector.
You can read their report and their clarification here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/classifying-and-measuring-the-creative-industries-consultation-on-proposed-changes
We would like to hear from members who have a responsibility for or an interest in the creative industries so that they can feed into our response, particularly we would like you to comment on: Continue reading AD:uk Response to Creative Industries DCMS Consultation
You may have heard about the worrying proposal by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to remove crafts as a category within the creative industries. Please sign this e-Petition to stop the government reclassifying craft as non-creative. It will only take a few minutes.
Diana Pasek-Atkinson, one of our two EM Regional Coordinators was invited to attend a British Council Latvia Conference in March. Diana Writes:
Back in March I had the privilege of an invitation to be AD: uk’s “woman in Latvia” presenting on my “specialist subject” at a creative industries conference. I flew to Riga as a guest of the British Council Latvia http://www.britishcouncil.lv/ their intern Evarts, an MA student at The Latvian Academy of Culture, was my right hand man during the trip. I took up a second invitation to give a lecture to Evarts and his fellow Masters students on the Management of Culture and Creative Industries Programme which was a very enjoyable start to my visit.
The following day a snowy couple of hours car ride north took us to Cēsis. The foot or so of fresh snow didn’t stop around 50 creatives and culture professionals also getting to the picturesque venue, Cēsis New Castle. The New Castle, which dates from the 18th Century, is sited right next to the old, a stunning Teutonic ruin and major Latvian tourist attraction. http://www.cesis.lv/lv/kultura/kulturas-iestades
Continue reading Notes from Trustees: My March Mission in Latvia
Wednesday July 10th 11am
room 5 Oriel Wrecsam
The next all Wales meeting is an opportunity to meet with the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh government representatives, and to have input into policy and planning on a broader level. I am delighted to receive suggestions for agenda items, presentations and study opportunities and I hope to see you at the meeting. Please let me know of any special access or dietary requirements. For further information, please contact Christine Willison at email@example.com.
Thursday July 4th 12.00
Conference room 1, Parc Myrddin, Caerfyrddin – Carmarthen, SA31 1DS
Members are invited to attend the next Mid and west Wales regional meeting – a chance to meet and network with colleagues in neighbouring counties, to catch up with arts news and opportunities and to create and plan partnership projects. For further information, and agenda item suggestions, please contact Christine Willison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts Development UK has recently completed its second round of Professional Fellowship Programme awards, which enables members of the association to earn credits for their annual professional development and training experience and be certificated through a Fellowship programme. Credits are awarded in each calendar year for a range of different professional development initiatives completed, through services provided by AD:uk or by other organisations. The scheme enables members to qualify for one of three AD:uk Fellowship classifications:
- Associate Fellow
- Senior Fellow
Continue reading Arts Development UK Professional Fellowship Programme
The Happy Museum Project has published a report on the role of museums in fostering happiness and wellbeing. ‘Museums and happiness: The value of participating in museums and the arts’ by economist Daniel Fujiwara from the London School of Economics, argues that visiting museums is valued more than being a spectator to the arts or doing sports.
The study relies on statistical techniques and makes use of data from a large-scale national survey, ‘Taking Part’, to judge whether museum visits make people happier with their lives. The methodology includes expressing happiness in money: if, for instance, visiting museums regularly increases happiness by one point on the happiness scale, and an extra £5,000 of income also increases happiness by one point, then visiting museums equates to a value of £5,000. Visiting museums was valued at about £3,200 per year per person, compared to, for instance, about £1,500 per year per person for participating in the arts or sports.
Continue reading Happy Museum Visitors
A report has been published analysing the breadth and impact of the four-year UK-wide London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme. The findings reveal that there were 43.4 million public experiences of arts and culture – 38.5 million of which took place at free events. The programme also encouraged creative partnerships in the private sector, as well as 10,940 new partnerships between cultural organisations, businesses, educational organisations, local authorities and sport organisations.
Continue reading Cultural Olympiad & London 2012 Festival evaluation reveals public engagement of over 43 million