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ADUK East & West Midlands Regional Meeting

ADUK-green-A-blockThursday 16th March (12.45 – 16.00)

City of Birmingham Library

We are delighted to announce that the next West and East Midlands Meeting of ADUK will take place at Birmingham Library on Thursday 16th March from 12.45 (for a 1pm start) to 4pm. Our guest speaker is Gary Topp from Culture Central In Birmingham who is going to talk about their company and its aims and objectives and the response to Birmingham’s Cultural Investment Enquiry. This is a great opportunity to hear from this important organisation but to also look in depth at how arts is being developed in Birmingham. We are also hoping to get a guest speaker from Leicester to discuss working space for artists. As well as Gary we will updating you all on the present situation regarding ADUK’s bid for NPO status and looking ahead at a new direction for us.

If you have anything you want to add to the agenda please let me know on  for the West Midlands and Paul Steele on  for the East Midlands. It would also be really useful for us to know if you plan to come along too. This is an important time for Arts Development UK as an organisation but also for Arts Development in its broadest terms.

Many thanks

Steve Wilson: County Arts Officer for Worcestershire & West Midlands Joint Rep for Arts Development UK


ADUK North West Regional Meeting: New Ways of Working

ADUK-green-A-blockCunard Building on Liverpool’s Waterfront

1st March 12 – 4.30pm

NW regional members are invited to attend the next regional meeting on 1st March. We would like to use this regional event to reintroduce you to AD:UK and to connect you with the wide range of individuals and organisations who are working in collaboration with people to create engaging, creative and artistic experiences in an increasingly challenging economic and social environment. The meeting will introduce some case studies from organisations who are doing things differently and will be an opportunity for you to make new connections, develop ideas and new ways of thinking and will also connect you with ADUK’s future planning & sector network support. There will be presentations from innovative organisations, updates from members and breakout sessions to focus on finding and redefining our common goals for the future.

To book a place, please visit:

For more information, please contact Sean at or Zoe at

Presentations from the ADUK National Seminar on Arts & Resilience

The Arts Development UK Arts & Resilience National Seminar held on 2nd December 2016 in Leicester was a great success. Feedback from delegates indicates that it was a very informative day. We have put links to the various presentations at the foot of this page.

Keynote presentations included speeches by:

  • John Rance: CEO of Phoenix Cinema and arts centre
  • Prof Peter Latchford, CEO of Black Radley Download Peter’s presentation here: prof-peter-latchford-presentation
  • Jane Wilson, Chair of ADUK and Culture & Community Manager at Cambridge City Council

We have a few copies of Prof Peter Latchford’s excellent book on The Resilient Cultural Organisation (normally £15.00 + postage), available at the discounted price of just £10 + postage, on a first –come-first –served basis. If you are interested in getting a copy, please contact

The other presentations can be found through the links below:

Morning Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: The Arts Development Company Dorset
Download presentation here: dorset-presentation

Breakout 2: Creative Leicestershire
Download presentation here: creative-leicestershire-generator

Breakout 3: Enable Wandsworth
Download presentation here: enable-lc-presentation-aduk-2016

Breakout 4: Resilience Worshop lead by Sue Isherwood & Steve Wood
Download presentation here: steve-wood-resilience-workshop


Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakout 1: Catalyst Milton Keynes
Download presentation here: thecultureofchange

Breakout 2: ArtsConnect
Download presentation here: arts-connect-petra-project

Breakout 3: Creative Minds
Download presentation here: creative-minds

Breakout 4: The Stove Network
Download presentation here: breakout-4-the-stove



ADUK/ACW Local Authority Arts Investment & Partnership Survey 2016/17

ADUK-green-A-blockIn summer 2016 Arts Development UK (ADUK) undertook its 13th annual local authority spending survey to assess the level of arts spending forecast for 2016/17. For the last 4 years the survey has been in association with Arts Council of Wales, demonstrating ADUK’s growing relationship with local authorities in Wales as well as England, delivering our ambition to broaden the membership and our activities in both countries. The survey has enabled a comparison of past trends and focussed on relevant contemporary concerns, such as financial issues, priority targets, partnerships and the relationship with other bodies including the Arts Councils in England and Wales. Responses to the 2016 survey reveal a challenging picture of the arts in local communities. ADUK sent an online survey to all authorities in England and Wales. We received 44 responses from local authorities, representing 12% of all authorities in England and Wales, and out of this, 19% of authorities with an arts service, a comparable response rate to the survey response in 2015. The full report is available here: aduk-local-authority-arts-investment-report-2016-final

The survey continues to be important and we are pleased that respondents took part despite shortages of staff and time. The 2016 survey shows what is important to arts services currently provided by local authorities (read more below): Continue reading ADUK/ACW Local Authority Arts Investment & Partnership Survey 2016/17

Paying Artists campaign: a-n and AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide launched

logoFollowing more than two years working and consulting with artists, major public funders and visual arts organisations, a-n and AIR has published new guidelines for paying artists for their contribution to public exhibitions. ADUK has supported the initiative and strongly urges all members to comply with the scheme.

At the official launch at Jerwood Space in London, Shonagh Manson, director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Jerwood Visual Arts, outlined why she supports the principles of Exhibition Payment: “By actively taking part in the [Paying Artists] research as a test organisation we’ve been taking a real forensic look at how we’ve been working with artists and how we’ve been paying them,” she said. “This framework has already helped us to focus, and we’ve found ways to increase some of our fee offers to artists even while having to cut our budgets overall.”

The guide outlines a set of suggested payments to artists (ranging from £150 to £6,000) as a fee for their contributions to publicly-funded exhibitions. It covers a wide range of exhibition scenarios along with guidance for implementation. The guidance is supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. The culmination of extensive consultation and testing across the sector. It is a significant milestone in the journey to fair pay for artists. Download the Exhibition Payment Guide here

ADUK National Seminar on Arts & Resilience


The Phoenix Cinema & Arts Centre, 4 Midland St, Leicester LE1 1TG
2nd December (9.30 – 16.30)

We have now confirmed the final programme for our next national seminar, taking place in Leicester on 2nd December. Please note that you can book this year using Eventbrite if you wish to pay by credit/debit card by clicking:


If you wish to be invoiced for the event a PDF booking form is available here:


If you wish to download a PDF of the full event programme and booking form, please click here:

ARTS & RESILIENCE FULL PROGRAMME INCLUDING BOOKING FORM Continue reading ADUK National Seminar on Arts & Resilience

Notes from the Chair: Local Cultural Education Partnerships – a view from the field

Picture of Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk

Jane Wilson, Chair of AD:uk

As the Culture and Community Manager for Cambridge City Council I have been heavily involved in the set-up of our local cultural education partnership, My Cambridge. The partnership had started before the launch of the Cultural Education Challenge last October, and we had and still are working closely with our local bridge organisation, Norfolk and Norwich Festival Bridge.


The principle of a local cultural education partnership fits very closely with the aspirations and ethics underpinning Arts Development UK, working through arts and culture and building links with other sectors, to achieve wider local aspirations. These principles have been embedded in members’ work for as long as I can remember, not just in relation to education, but also health, community well-being, economic development and more.  Many if not most of you will have been working with arts, culture and education as a core part of your work. Given this, a valid question might well be, what additional benefit comes from setting up a local cultural education partnership?


In my conference speech earlier in the year I talked about the increasing importance of local partnerships as a route to resilience. The better we can demonstrate the multiple ways in which arts and culture contribute to successful places, the harder it becomes to remove that value. Working locally is absolutely critical, but it can be very difficult to get local traction from a standing start.

Continue reading Notes from the Chair: Local Cultural Education Partnerships – a view from the field

RawFfest 2016


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:

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.

Continue reading Notes from the Chair

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.

Continue reading Feedback from Creative Industries Federation on Brexit