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Notes from the Chair: 16th November

As seems to be becoming the norm, it’s been a busy couple of weeks for the arts. First of all, for our members working in England, I’d recommend a visit to the Arts Council England website, and read their plan for 2011-15. This drills down from Great Art for Everyone into particular priorities and high level area plans for the next four years. There are some exciting developments within the plan, including the Creative People and Places action research project, which aims to “encourage long-term collaborations between arts organisations, museums, libraries, local authorities and local communities to develop the kind of inspiring, sustainable arts and cultural programmes that audiences in those communities want to get involved in.”  We will be talking to Arts Council England to find out more.

 At the same time, their new strategic funding plans have also been published, with a range of programmes and windows within which applications need to be submitted. One emphasis I picked up from an initial read through of a number of strands is the potential for collaborative and partnership bids and I hope you will use your membership of AD:uk as a conduit for talking to possible partners. As usual, we will keep you informed of bidding windows through the e-zine.

There was also a flurry of activity around London 2012, with the torch relay route announced (congratulations to all of you with torch visits), the Olympic posters, and the launch of the Festival 2012 programme. One that might have passed you by in all the excitement was the launch of the Local Leaders Initiative, a programme to support local communities organizing their own events around the torch relay and key 2012 dates.

Last week, I was lucky enough to spend a productive and hard working day with the trustees of AD:uk, developing our business plan from April 2012 onwards. The clear focus of our discussions was how we best ensure that AD:uk delivers on our four key strands for members: your professional development through the fellowship programme and skills bank; organising relevant events and networking opportunities, including our regional meetings; providing you with the knowledge and information you need in your workplaces; and making sure we are able to advocate effectively, in particular at a national level.  I’m grateful that we have such a dedicated and knowledgeable group of trustees, willing to give up their time and work together to take AD:uk forward.

At that meeting we also decided that the time was now right to propose the final administrative change in a process first set in train with our move to charitable status five years ago, and recommend that AD:uk becomes a charitable company limited by guarantee. This will require an EGM (extraordinary general meeting) and there is more information about this below.
Jane Wilson
Chair of AD:uk
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