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Please support our Crowdfunding Campaign for RawFfest






We have just launched our first ever crowd funding campaign to raise funding for RawFfest GŵylGrai, the new national arts festival for Wales. We are seeking your help in spreading the word and also, if you feel that you can personally help a young person to access the arts, to donate. Our Crowdfunding platform is:

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:

We need to raise £5,500 by 29th July. Crowd funding campaigns are much more likely to reach their target if they can draw 30% of pledges in the first few days – usually from the friends and colleagues of the project. We are asking if you would consider being one of our early pledgers so that the campaign is put on a strong footing.

The young people have filmed and edited an information video on the platform and have come up with some exciting and unique rewards in return for each pledge. Please take a look and donate if you can – but just as importantly share with your colleagues, friends and family. The money we raise will particularly help the disadvantaged young people in Wales to take advantage of this fantastic creative opportunity, and perhaps change their lives.

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

Notes from the Chair

Listening audience at the NALGAO conference 2010

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.


The first is to think and plan for change and a landscape in flux. Our sector has long experience at building partnerships and working beyond the boundaries of our own organisations. I was recently able to attend the Art of Devolution, a seminar organised by the University of Manchester to explore the place of arts and culture within the northern powerhouse phenomenon. It became very clear that the ability of the arts and cultural sectors in Manchester and Liverpool to play a full part in the development of their devolved settlements had its base in their long-standing commitment to partnership working. These partnerships have extended through different policy frameworks and different purposes. For example, the networks and partnerships brought together for Liverpool 2008 European Capital of Culture are recognised as one of the major legacies, repositioning culture as central to the wider agenda of the city. You will all have relationships, networks and partners developed over time, for different purposes and in different places.  Now is the time to ask how they can work together. We have already started this at a regional and national level, and last week the Arts Development UK regional co-ordinators, and the Chairs of the local chapters of ‘What Next?’ sat down together to ask how we can work together and share the tasks ahead.


The second and more fundamental action, draws on the specific and possibly unique capacity of arts and culture to create the particular open and reflective space where individuals and communities of all kinds are able to explore what they think and feel about this upheaval and the deep fractures opened up and made visible through the referendum process. This is not an easy or a simple task and right now if feels as if there are few tools able to take this on, but creative practice is one of them.

Jane Wilson, Culture & Community Manager, Cambridge City Council, and Chair of ADUK

e: t: 01223 457860 m: 07795 542512.

Feedback from Creative Industries Federation on Brexit


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.


Jenni Russell, British columnist and broadcaster talked about the political dimension stating that:

  • There will be a new Secretary of State and a Government department would be formed to deliver Brexit.
  • There will be more than 70 bills which would need to be scrutinised and revised, taking a great deal of ministerial time and forming much of the focus of Government for a period of at least two years.
  • From the autumn we will be dealing with a new Prime Minister and Cabinet and will need to remake the case for the value of culture and the creative economy.

As a sector, we should be considering the issues which we will face as consequence of leaving the EU and come up with strong arguments for those areas that we want to save in negotiations i.e. freedom of movement for artists / arts practitioners. Cleary other sectors will also be doing this so we need to make sure we get in quickly and with some strong messages so that our voice is heard. It is also important that we do this collectively with other organisations working in the sector. A question was asked as to whether a second referendum would be held to try and reverse the result. Although this is a possibility, it was felt that it was unlikely.


Darren Henley reminded us that we are used to advocating for support for our work and have built up a range of evidence and examples of good practice which we can draw on going forwards. He also urged delegates to consider where there might be new opportunities arising from Brexit and asked delegates to complete the survey recently distributed by Arts Council England, which would be an important source of data that could inform future policy decisions. The survey asks questions about funding, partnerships and movement of artists and can be found here. Darren also reiterated that the arts has an important role in bringing communities together.


Delegates were invited to consider the impact of Brexit on four key areas – access to markets, access to talent, access to funding and the digital single market. A summary of the discussion can be found here.


It should be noted that European funding programmes will continue in its current format.  However it was noted that there has been some unease around EU funding programmes and that UK groups may find it difficult to be the lead on funding bids, in addition the collapse of sterling has made European projects more expensive.

Correspondents: Tony Witton and Matthew Couper

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.

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

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