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Arts Development UK Professional Fellowship Programme

AD:uk is the leading body for arts development professionals, following its rebranding from nalgao (National Association of Local Government Arts Officers) in May 2011. AD:uk intends to raise the profile and reputation of the work of its members, influencing policy makers and funders and has a key role in training, developing, representing professionals working in the creative and cultural industries.

 The Arts Development UK Professional Fellowship Programme is now open for members of the charity to apply their professional development and training experience and be certificated through a Fellowship programme. The scheme is optional but enables members to qualify for one of three AD:uk Fellowship classifications. The Fellowship Programme has been designed to raise members profile and provide recognition for experience and expertise throughout the workplace. We wish to support our members’ employment opportunities and promote the Association as a trusted brand. 

 The Fellowship programme has been developed by G&M Associates and Business in the Arts NW, and has been funded through an Arts Council England grant. It is the result of a year-long consultation and assessment programme, which included consultation with a range of arts and cultural officers and senior managers in the local authority sector.

Corporate members of AD:uk 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 calendar year
  • Fellow status: for those being awarded over 100 credits in a calendar year, and
  • Senior Fellow status: for those awarded over 150 credits in a calendar year.

 The certificated programme operates by individuals completing an online questionnaire recording their CPD achievement in each calendar year. Previous experience and qualifications will also be recorded as part of the assessment. Members have until 31st December to register and complete their entry for this year. Credit points will be awarded for a range ofdifferent CPD initiatives completed, through services provided by AD:uk or by other organisations. The first group of AD:uk Professional Fellowships will be awarded in March 2012.

Katherine West, Chair of AD:uk’s Professional Development Working Party and Arts & Festivals Manager of Cheshire West & Chester Council said “Wherever you are in your career, AD:uk intends to help members to develop the latest skills, signposting them to relevant qualifications, helping them to learn more about arts development and making them part of a big community of respected professionals.”

 Sue Isherwood, Director of the National Culture Forum’s Leading Learning Programme stated that “AD:uk’s initiative is most welcome. It is high time that the arts development professional found a way to recognise its distinctive approach to learning and doing so I commend the fellowship pathways to all present and future members.’

 For further information on the programme and how to apply, please visit:  Please note that this is restricted to members only, so if you have not yet joined (or rejoined) AD:uk, now is the time.  Don’t miss out.

For further information, please contact: Pete Bryan, AD:uk Administrator, Oak Villa, off Amman Rd, Lower Brynamman, Ammanford SA18 1SN Tel: 01269 824728 or email: