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
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
ADUK 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: www.rawffest.wales.
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: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/rawffest
On: 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
We are delighted to report that the RawFfest website has been launched and is available at www.rawffest.wales or www.gwylgrai.cymru. 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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
The 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
St Andrews Halls, Norwich
23rd/24th February 2016
ADUK’s 2016 conference, in association with Voluntary Arts, explores our organisations’ joint initiative ourculturalcommons.org which sets out to explore new ways to sustain and develop the creative lives of our communities in all their diversity. The conference is hosted by Norwich City Council at the historic St Andrews Halls.
For a conference programme and brochure, click: Norwich2016ConferenceBro
Conference places are open to all with preferential rates for ADUK members. Whether you are an artist or an arts officer, an organisation or an independent consultant the ADUK conference offers thought provoking key notes, briefings and break outs on the big issues, relevant case studies and tours alongside forums for discussion and opportunities to network with arts and cultural colleagues from across the country. For ADUK members this event is CPD Certified, 5 credits for every full day’s attendance in 2016: read more at AD:UK Professional Fellowship programme.
Keynote speakers include:
• Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE, President of Voluntary Arts, film director, cross-bench peer, founder of the Film Club charity, and
• Jane Wilson, Chair of ADUK and Culture & Community Manager with Cambridge City Council
• Bobsie Robinson: Cultural Policy & Strategy Manager at Bradford Council. Continue reading ADUK Conference 2016: Our Cultural Commons