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Arts Development UK Conference: Arts for Life

Cardiff_Bay_WMC16th & 17th October 2014
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
As stated in our ezine last week, we have now confirmed the programme for the annual ADUK conference, which this year is taking place at the WMC in Cardiff Bay on 16th and 17th October. A brochure and booking form is presently at the printers and should be ready for next week. We are also intending to use Eventbrite as one of the booking systems, so delegates paying by credit card will have that opportunity this year. We are also delighted to announce that for a 4th year running, prices for the event will remain the same.

Speakers confirmed include Peter Stark OBE, Professor Dai Smith (Chair of Arts Council Wales), Laura H Drane, Paul Bristow (ACE), Carys Wynne (ACW), Philip Deverell (Creative Scotland), Jayne Knight (Suffolk CC), Sinéad O’Reilly (Offaly CC), Sally Staples (E Sussex CC), Lucia Masundire (Leicestershire CC), Henrietta Norton (a-n), Mike Hoskin (Dorset CC), Mark Pettit (Cabinet Office), Shonagh Ingram (Bolton at Home), Rick Bond (The Complete Works), Judy Wasdell (Wales Assembly Government), Douglas Noble (Live Music Now), Lisa Rosetti & Liz McGrady (Positive Lives) and Caroline O’Neil and Ruth Ganault (Arts Connect & RCT CBC).

ADUK conferences offer a lively mix of keynote presentations, breakouts, study tours, skills and knowledge exchanges and discussion groups. Pick and mix to create the conference recipe for you from a packed menu including;
• New! Information takeaway case study sessions give a flavour of the big issues
• New! Zest for Arts: a facilitated open forum for debate and discussion
• New! Training sessions this year at the conference
For ADUK members this event is CPD Certified, offering 5 credits for every full day’s attendance in the ADUK Professional Fellowship programme.

ArtWorks, Arts Professional and a-n, the Artists Information Company are sponsoring the 2014 conference and the event is supported by Lottery funding from Arts Council Wales. Please contact ADUK for more information on artsdevuk@aol.com or ring 01269 824728.

Eventbrite - Arts Development UK Annual Conference 2014: Arts for Life

Welcome to 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:
• 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 details are available here.

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.

Join ADUK now for 2014/15 – fees frozen at last year’s levels

April 2014 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 2014 Arts Development UK Membership Benefits form or get in touch at artsdevuk@aol.com

ADUK Yorkshire & the NE Regional Meeting: 17th Sept

LogoThe next ADUK Yorkshire & the NE Regional meeting is due to take place on the 17 September at The Hepworth in Wakefield. An agenda is currently being developed and if you would like to contribute an item, please contact marynash@barnsleycivic.co.uk. Please note that Mary has now changed jobs and is now the Sales & Marketing Manager at The Civic in Barnsley, but will continue to act as one of our 2 regional coordinators.

The first half of the meeting will be restricted to ADUK members only, but will then be opened up for those working in Arts Development within Yorkshire and North East local authorities to attend. The agenda so far includes:
• 11am – Tour and talk on Hepworth
• 12.15pm – Introduction from Mary & Portia / Update on ADuk [working lunch - attendees to bring own]
• 1pm – Working with your local LEP (Deborah Egan)
• 1.45pm – EU funding (C Jankowski)
• 2.30pm – Refreshment Break [MEETING NOW OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS]
• 3.15pm – Update from ACE North (Pete Massey)
• 4pm – Good news updates from the region.
• 4.30pm – CLOSE

For further information please contact: marynash@barnsleycivic.co.uk or portia.simpson@york.gov.uk.

Our Cultural Commons: a joint initiative from ADUK & Voluntary Arts

LogoVoluntary_ArtsWorking in collaboration with Arts Development UK, Voluntary Arts is seeking a consultant on a freelance basis to undertake some initial mapping and scoping to lay the ground for a major national conversation. At the end of September 2014, the two UK-wide organisations that specifically support and represent local creative cultural activity, Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK, will be launching a major new initiative to:
• collect evidence of existing innovative local collaborative practice to sustain and develop local cultural infrastructure and then promote best practice
• provide a space for discussion of potential solutions to the problems facing local cultural infrastructure and organisation and the debate on the nature of the cultural commons that we aspire to in the future
• empower and support the voice of those ‘local’ ambitions in debates on future national cultural policies, structures and funding.

Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK will:
• launch Our Cultural Commons as a UK and Ireland-wide ‘debate’ at the end of September 2014
• manage an online debate to collect evidence of existing innovative local collaborative practice to sustain and develop local cultural infrastructure and provide a space for discussion of potential solutions to the immediate problems faced by local cultural infrastructure
• run a series of roundtable discussions, ‘town hall meetings’ and other events as part of the UK and Ireland-wide debate
• organise a major conference in June 2015

The contract
The main task is to undertake an initial mapping and scoping exercise to gather, collate and edit input from Arts Development UK members, as well as Voluntary Arts staff and advisers (across the UK and Republic of Ireland). We want to collect a range of models of innovative local collaborative practice to sustain and develop local cultural infrastructure, including examples from urban, rural, prosperous, disadvantaged and diverse communities – identifying local examples that could be used in influencing national cultural policy, structures and funding. The task will involve a period of research and information-gathering, follow-up by phone, and analysis, to create a summary document detailing the overall findings and identifying potential case studies. Several of these case studies will then be selected by Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK, to be developed by the consultant for online publication. The consultant will work closely with the Chair of Voluntary Arts, Peter Stark OBE, and the Chair of Arts Development UK, Jane Wilson, who are jointly leading the Our Cultural Commons initiative.

The contract will deliver:
• An initial mapping and scoping of emerging new models of local cultural infrastructure and identification of potential case studies
• The development of case studies, selected by Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK, in support of innovative and emerging models for local cultural infrastructure, to be published online to support a more visible launch of a national conversation about this in autumn 2014
• Advice, expertise and information gathering to support Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK’s preparation for the national conversation

The contract will be managed through direct reporting to Robin Simpson, Chief Executive of Voluntary Arts.

Further practical details:

• Fee and expenses: £4250 (inclusive VAT), with three payments of 30% on commencement, 40% at the midway reporting point with the Chief Executive, and 30% after completion.
• We anticipate the contract may require approximately 10-12 days’ work over a 6-week period.
• Submission: by email, CV and two page covering letter (deadline: 5pm on Friday 8 August).
• Appointment: in mid-August 2014.
• Submission: by end of September 2014.

Applying for this freelance contract
Please submit your application (CV and two page covering letter) by 5pm Friday 8 August at the latest. We prefer electronic submissions, sent to lindsey@voluntaryarts.org. Paper applications should be addressed to Lindsey Jackson, Voluntary Arts, Ground Floor, 121 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, CF11 9PH.

For an informal, confidential discussion about the contract please contact Robin Simpson,
Voluntary Arts Chief Executive, on 01525 288067 or email robin@voluntaryarts.org. You may also find it useful to visit the Voluntary Arts website at: www.voluntaryarts.org.

Please find a more detailed brief for the contract here: OurCulturalCommons-ConsultancyOpportunity

Good luck with your application.

Arts Development UK Advocacy & Research Group is looking for new members

LogoADUK are developing a new working party to assist us in the development of a new advocacy and research programme. This will serve three major purposes:
• to enable us to be more responsive to the research needs of our members
• to enable us to gather and participate in national research programmes and projects, and
• to represent and advocate on behalf of the arts development sector at a national level.
The Working party will also oversee continuing research programmes, including the annual local authority arts investment survey, which is currently underway.

We need new members for the working party from our membership, and people that can help us to continue to develop stronger advocacy and research strands in our annual programme. If you would like more information about the working party, or would like to volunteer to join us at our first meeting on 8th August in London from 13.30 – 16.00, please call 01269 824728 or email Pete Bryan at artsdevuk@aol.com.

Public Services: The value of cultural commissioning national seminars

LogoA range of presentations from the 2 recent national seminars on cultural commissioning are now available to download and share. The presentations are included in the Resources section of the website and you are also able to access them through a hot button on the front page of our website at www.artsdevelopmentuk.org. We also intend to include audio downloads of the keynote speeches soon, so watch this space for more information.

ACE National Portfolio funding decision announced

ACEACE have announced their new 3 year funding programme. ACE are investing £340 million in the National portfolio each year (based on 2015/16 figures) – and that’s 670 organisations

  • over £22 million will be invested in Major partner museums, with an additional £13 million of annual strategic funding set aside to support museums in England
  • £6 million of additional strategic funding has been allocated to focus on diversity in the sector

The arts budget for 2015-18 includes three main funding streams:

  • National portfolio for arts organisations programme budget of £271m of grant in aid and approximately £60m a year of National Lottery funding. This is more than double the £28.3m a year in lottery money in 2014/15.
  • An increase to the grants for the arts budget to £69.6m lottery funding to support individual artists, community and cultural organisations.
  • A strategic fund budget of £127m lottery funding to support the wider development of arts organisations, participants and audiences across England.

The museums budget for 2015/16 will also include three main grant in aid funding streams:

  • Major partner museums (MPM) will increase to £21.5m a year in 2015/16 to encourage a greater geographical spread
  • In keeping with arts funding, the museums strategic budget will work alongside MPM funding to target particular challenges, opportunities or gaps.
  • For the first time a new open access grants fund will invite applications from museums to support diversity and the development of resilience at a time of change.

The Arts Council has seen reductions to grant in aid of 36% since 2010. The previous 3 year national portfolio funded included 703 organisations. The new national portfolio sees investment of around £1billion in 670 arts organisations from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2018.  46 new organisations have been accepted into the funding programme with 58 leaving. The number of major museum partners rises from 16 to 21.


In the past few years, ACE has shifted the balance of Lottery expenditure, so that 70% of it is now invested outside London. The proposed portfolio also shows an increase of 2% to Grant-in-Aid funding for organisations based outside London. This continues a trend that will see London’s share of Grant-in-Aid funding change from 51% in 2011/12 to 47% in 2015/16. The new portfolio increases investment to the South West, South East, Midlands and North.


The English National Opera gets a 32.7% cut. The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre get a 6.7% cut. New entrants include the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Jazz north, Corn Exchange in Newbury and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures with £1.3m. In terms of money by art form, dance was the biggest winner. It will receive 9.4% more money, while music goes down 4.3%, visual arts down 2.6% and theatre down 0.4%.


ACE’s commitment to children and young people is at the heart of their mission and goals. The new portfolio shows increased dedication to this and contains many organisations producing imaginative work for children and young people. The promotion of Artsmark and Arts Award will be priorities for portfolio organisations. Eight National youth music organisations have been brought into the portfolio, enabling them to work closely with other strands of music education that ACE manage, including the national music education hubs and the In Harmony projects. For more details about the new National Portfolio, click: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-funding/funding-programmes/national-portfolio-funding-programme/

Arts Development UK LinkedIn Group

As a way of exploring how we can better communicate with members and encourage members to connect with each other we have now set up a LinkedIn group. Although we have a Facebook page we recognise that members choose not to use Facebook for work purposes and wanted to see if there were other ways that can ask for member opinions and encourage discussions outside of conferences, seminars and national meetings. You can request to join the group by clicking this link https://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=7465679 (if you are not already a member of LinkedIn you will have to join).


We look forward to seeing more members on the group using it to talk with us and each other. The more the group is used the more it will become useful.

AD:UK Joint Response to Arts Council Wales consultation on Inspire

Ysbrydoli…ein strategaeth ar gyfer Creadigrwydd a’r Celfyddydau yng Nghymru / Inspire. our strategy for Creativity and the Arts in Wales

Arts Development: UK along with Arts Connect, The Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers across Wales (CCLOW) and the Welsh Local Government Association have submitted a joint response to Arts Council Wales consultation on their new strategy for ‘Creativity and the Arts in Wales’.

We welcome/support/agree with:

  • ACW Vision that the arts are central to the life of the nation and that people should “get” the arts
  • goal for Wales to be “the creative country”
  • strategy being summarised into 3 words: Make, Reach and Sustain
  • change of approach – the strategy is not specific to any one art form, it applies to all
  • it being intended as an enabling strategy
  • desire to nurture an arts ecology distinctive to Wales
  • recognition of our bi-lingual culture
  • blurring of the boundaries with the creative industries e.g. the mention of supporting young bands alongside supporting theatre companies
  • commitment to the new and the contemporary, the living arts
  • expectancy for risk taking

You can read our full response here.

The response was prepared by Strinda Davies, Head of Cultural Services RCT CBC. On behalf of:

  • ArtsConnect
  • ArtsDevUK
  • WLGA


The PLACE Report: Policy for the Lottery, the Arts & Community in England

The distribution of Lottery funding for the arts in England is a closed system, operating for the benefit of a small number of arts organisations but to the detriment of wider society and the economy, according to a new report by Peter Stark, Christopher Gordon, David Powell and Steve Trow who recently revealed England’s regional arts funding imbalance. PLACE draws a clear distinction between the purposes of tax-derived funding (Arts Council England’s grant-in-aid) and National Lottery revenue distributed by ACE (the Arts Lottery). It takes as read the critical importance of the Arts Council’s role in maintaining the nation’s core, high-quality cultural infrastructure through grant-in-aid, but questions fundamentally the Arts Council’s stewardship of the National Lottery funds, which are provided for different purposes and for far wider public benefit than its Treasury grant.

The report is available at: http://www.theplacereport.co.uk/downloads.php