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ADUK Professional Fellowship Programme

Cb-i8NIWEAI8bHRThe ADUK Professional Fellowship Programme is now open for submissi0ns reflecting your CPD development in 2015/16. The scheme will be open until May 2016 and we strongly advise all members to take part, as one of the benefits of your membership.

Did you know that if you attend an ADUK conference, seminar or regional event you can earn credits as a Fellow on our Professional Development Programme? Help raise the profile of arts development and reputation of the excellent work our members do by joining today and being part of a community of respected professionals. The core of Arts Development UK’s Continuing Professional Development is gained through experiential learning. Developing Arts Development UK as a Professional Association will enable us to:

• Set standards and define quality of performance for professionals working with arts/cultural and creative business sectors
• Support the development of skills and professional competencies through a membership structure that enables individual progression by members at their own pace
• Encourage and guide individuals using experiential learning techniques
• Enable professional networking and knowledge and skills exchanges
• Focus training and support on specific management competencies.

Organisational members of ADUK can register up to five individuals from their organisation to sign up to the Professional Fellowship Programme. Individual members also have one place. There are three Fellowship bands:
Associate Fellow status: for those being awarded over 50 credits in a membership year (1st April to 31st March)
Fellow status: for those being awarded over 100 credits in a membership year, and
Senior Fellow status: for those awarded over 150 credits in a membership year.

Continue reading ADUK Professional Fellowship Programme

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 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

Sponsor a young person to attend the RawFfest

ADUK-green-A-blockADUK 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:


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:

ADUK SE Regional Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockOn: 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

Michelle Moubarak, Development Manager, Canterbury City Council. T: 01227 862 405 or e: Michelle.Moubarak@CANTERBURY.GOV.UK

RawFfest/ GŵylGrai National Youth Festival for Wales

We are delighted to report that the RawFfest website has been launched and is available at  or The process took quite a while because young people were involved in the whole process but we are all really pleased with it. Have a look and see what you think, and please get involved with this year’s festival, taking place in Newport in August.

DCMS culture plan

DCMSThe DCMS has an annual budget of £1.5b. A new single departmental plan for the Department of Culture, Media & Sport has been published that sets out how government will deliver its priorities by 2020. The vision is ‘Driving growth; enriching lives and promoting Britain to the world’ and there are six key areas:
• Growing the economy
• Connecting the UK
• Encouraging participation
• Sustaining excellence and promoting Britain
• Supporting our media
• Ensuring social responsibility
The plan includes a section on how the DCMS will be working efficiently and collaborating across government departments. Read more here.

Please sign the EBacc parliamentary petition

Cb_D7J5W0AA2ws3The Bacc for the Future campaign team have instigated an official Parliamentary petition asking the Department for Education (DfE) to include expressive arts in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) – it has been signed by over 75,500 people and needs to accumulate 100,000 signatures by 9th May in order to ensure that the EBacc will be debated in the House of Commons.

Arts Development UK AGM papers and nominations for Trustees and Regional & Welsh Coordinators

ADUK-green-A-blockThe AGM of Arts Development UK is this year taking place during the ADUK Annual Conference on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at The Auditorium, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF at 19.30. All members are warmly invited to attend.

2015/16 has been both a challenging and rewarding year for us. We have again extended our membership to a wider catchment of arts organisations and individuals and our professional fellowship programme has also gone from strength to strength. Our members continue to face challenging economic circumstances but we are pleased to report that we have been able to maintain membership numbers in 2015. We want our association to continue to have influence with policy makers and funders and have a key role in training, developing and representing our profession. Continue reading Arts Development UK AGM papers and nominations for Trustees and Regional & Welsh Coordinators

ADUK Conference 2016: Our Cultural Commons

Conference imageSt Andrews Halls, Norwich
23rd/24th February 2016
ADUK’s 2016 conference, in association with Voluntary Arts, explores our organisations’ joint initiative which sets out to explore new ways to sustain and develop the creative lives of our communities in all their diversity. The conference is hosted by Norwich City Council at the historic St Andrews Halls.

For a conference programme and brochure, click: Norwich2016ConferenceBro

Conference places are open to all with preferential rates for ADUK members. Whether you are an artist or an arts officer, an organisation or an independent consultant the ADUK conference offers thought provoking key notes, briefings and break outs on the big issues, relevant case studies and tours alongside forums for discussion and opportunities to network with arts and cultural colleagues from across the country. For ADUK members this event is CPD Certified, 5 credits for every full day’s attendance in 2016: read more at AD:UK Professional Fellowship programme.

Keynote speakers include:
• Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, President of Voluntary Arts, film director, cross-bench peer, founder of the Film Club charity, and
• Jane Wilson, Chair of ADUK and Culture & Community Manager with Cambridge City Council
• Bobsie Robinson: Cultural Policy & Strategy Manager at Bradford Council. Continue reading ADUK Conference 2016: Our Cultural Commons

ADUK Response to the DCMS White Paper

ADUK-green-A-blockADUK have responded to the DCMS White Paper consultation on the proposals for a new, far-reaching cultural strategy, the first in 50 years, reflecting the world today. Jane Wilson. Chair of ADUK writes:

“Arts Development UK is a membership organisation, representing over 350 arts development professionals based mainly in England and Wales. Our members work across local government and arts and cultural organisations, as well as in specialist arts development companies. Our vision is to see the arts thrive in all local communities, working with and through the arts to meet local needs, challenges, and ambitions. Our role is to support our members through professional development, information and advocacy; and through our members we provide a national network of locally focused arts activity.

We very much welcome this consultation and recognize the importance of all four themes. We will argue that there is a real need for a national strategy to support the themes, one which is in no way proscriptive and which recognizes the critical importance of devolved decision-making, but which makes clear the vital role that arts and culture play in the relationships between people and place. These relationships are well established, with an increasing body of evidence, recently documented by both Arts Council England and the Warwick Commission, and we expect that there will be a large number of submissions covering specific examples of good practice.

Therefore, what we want to bring to the fore in our submission is the critical importance of local cultural infrastructure and the mechanisms that develop and maintain that infrastructure. Over the past year we have been working closely with Voluntary Arts on Our Cultural Commons, a structured discussion exploring the ways in which local communities are developing their own arts and cultural environment. We started this work to address the challenges we have seen developing from the continuing reduction of local authority engagement with arts and culture.

Continue reading ADUK Response to the DCMS White Paper

Cultural Commissioning Programme

Cultural-Commissioning-Programme_with-straplineThe Cultural Commissioning Programme works with the arts and cultural sector, commissioners and policy makers to strengthen commissioning of arts and culture, to deliver better outcomes for people and communities. The programme is managed by the NCVO with financial support from ACE, and has recently updated their website with a range of new resources for arts and cultural organisations and public service commissioners to help with:

• Understanding the opportunities to commission arts and cultural providers to deliver outcomes
• Getting to grips with practicalities, including:
• partnering with others
• finding who to talk to locally
• finding local tenders
• measuring impact, including:
· Sourcing evidence to show the value of arts and cultural provision
· Understanding the national policy context
· Inspiring projects and case studies
The Cultural Commissioning Programme (, funded by Arts Council England, is delivered by a partnership of National Council for Voluntary Organisations (lead), New Economics Foundation and New Philanthropy Capital. Sign up here to stay informed: