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DCMS name change

The DCMS – the government’s culture department – has changed its name to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The department will still be referred to as the DCMS, but will no longer be called the department for Culture, Media and Sport. Explaining the decision, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: “DCMS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it is fitting now to include Digital in the name. The department has taken on significant new responsibilities in recent years, so that half of its policy and delivery work now covers the digital sectors – telecommunications, data protection, internet safety, cyber skills and parts of media and the creative industries.”

The name change follows a government re-structure criticised for ‘downgrading’ the arts, which saw responsibility for arts and culture taken away from Minister Matt Hancock, who is left to focus purely on digital and the creative industries. Arts and culture are now the responsibility of Parliamentary Under Secretary John Glen.

Tickets are now on sale for RawFfest 2017

17th – 20th August 2017

Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Tickets are now on sales for RawFfest, the national youth arts festival for Wales, which will take place at Venue Cymru and other locations in Llandudno from 17 to 20 August 2017. This is the first time this festival has taken place in North Wales. The festival is for young people aged 14 to 25 years-old. Take a peek at our initial programme here

A full Festival Weekend Pass is available for £50 with accommodation packages starting at £15 for the lucky first few purchasers. Day tickets are £20 and £10. RawFfest tickets are available to purchase at and early bird accommodation at

Rowen Kimpton, Youth Representative RawFfest Steering Group said: “The important thing about RawFfest is that it is for young people by young people. It is an explosion of art, circus, craft, dance, fashion, film, literature, photography, spoken word, and theatre. Young people are creating an amazing festival where workshops, performances and ‘happenings’ take place over four days. Grab your ticket now to stay over and take part in the festival!

A full programme and a wide selection of workshops have been planned with more events being confirmed in the run up to the festival. The festival has financial support from Arts Council of Wales and the Welsh Government.

ADUK NE & Yorkshire regional meeting now on Friday 14th July

We apologise for the postponement of the last regional meeting, which should have taken place on Friday 19th May. The date for the meeting has now been re-arranged for Friday 14th July from 10:30am to 2:30pm in Leeds. We hope that regional members from the NE and Yorkshire areas will be able to attend. Can you please hold the date in your diary?

Please contact Chelsey Everatt ( or Ann Wishart ( for more information and an agenda for the meeting is being prepared. If you would like to add anything please contact either Chelsey or Ann.

ADUK Crowdfunder Campaign: Sponsor a young person to attend the RawFfest

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ADUK is the lead organisation in a major national youth festival taking place in Wales called RawFfest. RawFfest takes place this year from 17th – 20th August at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, North Wales. It offers a festival which is curated and programmed 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.

Your donation will support two areas:

  • Firstly to pay for reduced price and free tickets targeted at disadvantaged young people. In Wales over a third of young people live below the poverty line (Welsh Government figures). We want your help to make sure price is not a barrier to being involved.
  • And secondly we want to nurture the next generation of professional artists. Young artists will run some of the inspirational workshops. This will give us vital hands-on experience so that we get on the first step of the ladder of arts as a career.

If you would like to sponsor a young person (and £15 would pay for a young person to attend a live-changing day free of charge), please visit the Crowdfunding site at, watch our video and make a real change to the lives of young people in Wales. To learn more about RawFfest, click here:

Arts Development UK AGM: nominations for Trustees & Regional & Welsh Coordinators

ADUK-green-A-blockDate: Friday 7th April 2017 at 13.30

Venue: Studio 3, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB

The AGM of Arts Development UK is this year is taking place on Friday 7th April 2017 at 13.30 in Studio 3, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial St, London E1 6AB. The AGM will also include a networking forum considering regional development.

2016/17 has been both a challenging and rewarding year for us. Our membership has again been extended 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 2016/17.  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. To do so we need to appoint a new National Trustees Committee, and this year the Officer positions of Vice Chair and Treasurer are open for nomination, together with 2 further Trustee appointments. Please note that the appointment of each officer is for two years.

We are also seeking the appointment (or re-appointment as incumbents can be accepted for a further 2 years of service) of half of our regional coordinator positions. These are 2 year appointments and we are requesting that half of incumbents voted in last year stay on as Regional Coordinators. This means that we are also seeking nominations for one regional coordinator in each of the following areas: Continue reading Arts Development UK AGM: nominations for Trustees & Regional & Welsh Coordinators

ADUK Professional Fellowship Programme 2017

ADUK-green-A-blockThe ADUK Professional Fellowship Programme is now open for submissi0ns reflecting your CPD development in 2016/17. Members can enrol in the programme now by completing a questionnaire at

The scheme will be open until May 2017 and we strongly advise all members to take part, as one of the benefits of your membership, and please remember that this is an annual programme so if you do not take part this year you will lose your previous fellowship points.  For more information about the Fellowship programme visit:

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 2017

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