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AD:UK Professional Fellowship Programme is now open for submissions

ADUK-green-A-blockOne of the benefits of membership to AD:UK is our annual AD:UK Professional fellowship programme, which acknowledges and rewards your CPD achievements each calendar year. The 2014 Fellowship Programme is now open and a questionnaire is available on Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ADUK-PFP-14. You have until Friday 27th March to submit your information and evidence for your annual CPD in 2014.

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
• Fellow
• Senior Fellow

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, providing you have generated minimum of 20 learning credits.

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.

This year, as one of the continuing benefits of membership, we are opening the scheme to all members, so we suggest that as many of you as possible apply. If you have organisational membership, you can submit up to 5 individuals to the programme. Individual members can submit one person, and those with large group membership can submit up to 10 people to be considered for our Fellowship Programme. Many of you are now using the Fellowship Programme to aid your professional development and the awards of a fellowship is a very useful career development on your CV. We want the certificated scheme to become a career standard that employers may use in future, so please remember to submit your responses for 2014.

For further information on the programme and how to apply, contact artsdevUK@aol.com. Please note that the Professional Fellowship Programme is restricted to members of AD:UK, so if you have not yet joined (or re-joined), now is the time. Don’t miss out.

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

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: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 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

AD:UK NW Regional Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockThursday 8th January 2015 from 11.30 – 16.00 (lunch provided)
Room 9. St. Helen’s Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens WA10 9ST.
Plans are underway for the next AD:UK NW Regional meeting, taking place on 8th Jan in St Helens. We are hoping to have a Creative People and Places theme for part of the day with presentations/updates from our three North West Projects as well as Arts Council England. If you would like to register your attendance or submit items for the agenda, please contact our regional coordinators Carolyn Primett and Russell Tennant at either carolyn.primett@blackpool.gov.uk or Russell.Tennant@lancashire.gov.uk.

AD:UK North Wales Regional Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockThe next North Wales Arts Development Officer’s – ADUK meeting will be held on Wednesday 10 December, 9.30am to 12.30pm, at the Arts Council Offices in Colwyn Bay. Could you please let N Wales Regional Coordinator Gwenno Eleri Jones (Gwenno_E_Jones@flintshire.gov.uk) know if you’re available to attend and if you have any items for the Agenda? She will give an update on the Arts in Education Report.

Education Secretary’s states that arts education limits career choices

Nicky-MorganEducation Secretary Nicky Morgan has warned young people that choosing to study arts subjects at school could “hold them back for the rest of their lives”. The Education Secretary was speaking at the launch of a campaign to promote science, technology, engineering and maths – the STEM subjects – and said that the idea that choosing arts or humanities subjects to keep pupils’ career choices open “couldn’t be further from the truth” the Stage has reported.

Many of our members will disagree with her comments and you may like to read an excellent response that has gone viral. Others may like to respond to her also. One also wonders what Ms Morgan’s educational history was!

Being Creatively Active: Beyond the Selfie Project

Looked-after children have been expressing themselves in a unique project to improve their wellbeing via creativity – and now everyone can see their work as it’s on display in Pontypridd.

The beautiful photograph collage made by the young people in their Beyond the Selfie project is being shown in the window of an unused shop in Taff Street, Pontypridd, South WalesCachedImageCACAGPWL over the coming months.

Cllr Geraint Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services and Equalities, visited the project today to see for himself the work that was undertaken.

He was accompanied by Anne Hayes from the Council’s Cultural Services Department and Matthew Free from the Council’s Looked After Children Service, who worked with the young children throughout the Summer to deliver the project.

Based at the beautiful Glyncornel Outdoor Education centre, the young people were given lessons in photography and how to use digital cameras and then focused on how to take more than selfies of themselves.

They are delighted their work is now on show for all to see.

Cllr Hopkins said: “We provide a unique and innovative range of services for children and young people who are in our care, whether that is in a foster home or a care home.

“Allowing them to learn more skills, express themselves creatively and give their wellbeing an overall boost through projects such as this is just one of those services.

“Evidence shows that the life chances of looked-after children are, on average, far lower than those of their peers. So we wanted to work with them, artists and youth specialists to help them express their views and emotions while also learning new skills.

“This project goes hand in hand with other innovative work from the Council, such as apprenticeships, training and work placements for looked-after children, access to leisure and sport and more.”

Beyond the Selfie formed part of the wider ArtsConnect Being Creatively Active scheme, which is using the arts to improve the wellbeing of specific groups of people across four local authorities in the region. Other RCT residents  also benefiting from Being Creatively Active include older residents affected by Dementia, who are expressing themselves through singing.

ArtsConnect is a collaboration between the arts services of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and the Vale of Glamorgan and it is the first time that the arts services have worked together in this way.  The project was funded by a generous Arts Lottery grant from Arts Council of Wales, matched with local authority resources.

SONIG Youth Music Industries Young Promoters Network

Young people in Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council are benefitting from the Families First-funded SONIG Youth Music Industry programmes’ Young Promoters Network (YPN).  The YPN offers young people aged 14 to 25 who have a love of music unique opportunities to experience careers in the live entertainment and creative industries.  It aims to share knowledge, passion, experience and resources to ensure live music thrives for young people living in RCT.


Through the support of the YPN Gabrielle Murphy, aged 18, from Treherbert, is being helped on her path into the music business.  The opportunities provided through SONIG and its YPN have led to Gabrielle capturing the attention of the BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales’ Horizons 12 panel, an exciting new music initiative which is supporting and showcasing twelve of this country’s finest, upcoming musical talents.  Through our support and creative industry networks, she has also performed live at many of this years’ festivals across Wales including spots at the Dim Swn Festival, Dinefwr Festival, Focus Festival, Hay Festival and Laugharne Weekend.  She topped off the summer with a support slot to MOBO award winner, Laura Mvula at the Brecon Jazz Festival.


Support from SONIG over this period has enabled Gabrielle to rehearse more frequently, record her debut EP with Amy Wadge (most recently known for co-writing Ed Sheeran’s #1 hit ‘Thinking Out Loud’), and perform at an industry showcase event at The Moon Club in Cardiff.  Tonight (November 14th), Gabrielle will perform on BBC Children in Need at the Newport Centre and her performance will be featured as part of the highlights on Saturday, November 15.  This weekend she will also be switching on the Christmas lights in Merthyr town centre, through our collaboration as ArtsConnect, and is set to record a BBC Maida Vale Session on November 28.


Gabrielle will also support Bright Light-Bright Light on his homecoming show in Cardiff on Dec 16, following his US tour with Elton John.


The SONIG Youth Music Industry programme aims to up-skill young people and develop transferable skills in individuals; provide platforms for young emerging talent; and encourage networking opportunities across the region.  Without doubt, this has provided Gabrielle, and many others, with the skills for working within the creative industries sector.


For more information, go to: www.youngpromotersnetwork.co.uk or email: youngpromotersnetwork@gmail.com

To hear Gabrielle Murphy’s music, go to:

SOUNDCLOUD : https://soundcloud.com/gabriellemurphy

FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/GabrielleMurphyMusic

TWITTER : @gabymurphyGabrielleMurphy

Culture Shift: How Artists are responding to sustainability in Wales

APE-Culture-Shift‘Culture Shift: How Artists are responding to sustainability in Wales’ is a research report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales in 2014 and was launched on 12th of November 2014 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales. ‘Culture Shift’ gives an overview of the many pioneering sustainable arts initiatives currently operating across Wales. The report is a witness to what is going on already. It is also intended as a statement of intent and a call to action. It highlights the power of the arts to contribute towards or even take a leading role in the transition to a life-sustaining society. It is hoped that this report will contribute towards future arts policy within the context of the Welsh Government’s ‘Well-being of Future Generations’ Bill’.

The report draws attention to how a growing number of artists are leading a paradigm shift in values and relationships around access to future resources. It contains recommendations to the Arts Council of Wales regarding future arts policy in supporting the development of such pioneering practice. It is backed up by case studies and interviews from many artists and organisations and builds on the results from a sector wide survey conducted in spring 2014. The appendices to the report give the survey data in more detail as well as naming many projects, formative books, articles, useful resources, contacts and organisations.

The report is available as a download in English and Welsh.

Liverpool Culture Directory: Culture Means Business

Liverpool-Pride-at-Pier-Head-2-Credit-David-MunnThis directory is designed to connect you with the cultural organisations of Liverpool by outlining the products and services they can provide. The directory contains a host of world class and cutting edge organisations that offer innovative, creative and practical services, available for commissions, projects and collaborations. The guide includes contact details, case studies and descriptions of over 50 cultural organisations.

We have a limited number of hard copies free to AD:UK members. For further information and copies please email sean.durney@liverpool.gov.uk or call 0151 600 2968

AD:UK West Midlands Regional Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockFriday 28th November from 12.30pm to 4pm
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Appreciating this is short notice we would like to invite you a WM ADUK meeting at the end of this month, hoping that as the year draws to a close some of you may have time to get out! We propose to hold a meeting on Friday 28th November from 12.30pm to 4pm (latest) at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery hosted by our new WM co-ordinator Symon Easton from Birmingham City Council. This means we will get together before the next national meeting which takes place in early December so we have time to collate some feedback and commentary to share with national colleagues and cultural body representatives such as the Arts Council and DCMS.

The agenda will be around the following suggested topics, although as ever if you have any burning issues for discussion we can make time for them:
• Cultural Commissioning – some of you will have attended the recent ADUK seminars on this. Birmingham have practice to share on the subject – given the change to their services and the future plans for culture in the city.
• State of the ‘Arts Nation’ – sharing perspectives and experience in the regions – reflecting where the challenges are and how we might support each other as a greater west midlands model.
• Feedback on recent ACE Briefings in the Midlands and Review and discussion on the Arts Council recently announced Strategic funding programmes
I hope that had whetted your appetites a little. As if you needed any more of an incentive – the other main attraction at this time of the year is the German Street Market – a great festive experience and a good excuse to get some shopping done. As we are close to the date in question now I would appreciate it if you could respond to say if you are planning to attend by the end of next week – Friday November 14th – so we can plan for refreshment numbers. Please send your interest to: psyche.hudson@telford.gov.uk.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Psyche Hudson (Regional Coordinator for WM & Arts & Culture Services Manager for Telford & Wrekin Council)

Select Committee states that London arts lottery funding is out of all proportion to its population

WestminsterA “clear funding imbalance in favour of London” is being paid for by tax payers and Lottery players in other parts of the country, and the capital receives a share of arts funding that is “out of all proportion to its population”, according to a report by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee on the Work of Arts Council England. Whilst noting that some of the imbalance can be explained by London’s status as a capital city and world centre of culture, and recognising the danger of “fragmenting funding to the extent that few benefit”, the Committee says that Arts Council England (ACE) must do more to restore the balance “with greater urgency if it is to realise its declared ambition to engineer the provision of great art and culture for everyone”. It calls for ACE to be “more proactive when it comes to encouraging high quality applications from around the country and establishing the underlying reasons for any current imbalance”.

The report is the culmination of a 6-month inquiry tasked with investigating the scope, scale and remit of ACE, the economic and artistic criteria that underpin its funding decisions, and whether the geographical distribution of its funding is fair. Three oral evidence sessions were held, and comments were made in a further 200 submissions of written evidence from interested parties across the arts, museums and libraries. These, supported by fact-finding trips to Liverpool and Bradford, provided the basis of the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations.

Proposals for creating a fairer funding balance include “limiting London’s access to National Lottery funding for the arts to its proper per capita share – equal to that of the rest of England”, which was a solution initially proposed by the authors of Rebalancing our Cultural Capital (RoCC), the research report that prompted the inquiry. The Committee agrees that this mechanism “would help redress the funding imbalance and benefit England as a whole”, even if other major funding streams were to be broadly distributed as they are currently, and sees it as an approach that could be phased in: “We believe this could be achieved in a timely fashion without threatening London’s world status as a cultural centre.”
Read more at Arts Professional.