Cultural Playing Field

Arts Development UK National Committee meeting by Robin Simpson
March 16, 2012, 5:04 pm
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I was in London on Friday afternoon to attend the Arts Development UK National Committee meeting. AD:uk Chair, Jane Wilson, updated us on progress following the change of name and status of the organisation (which was formerly the National Association of Local Government Arts Officers). She said that officers leaving local authorities, for whatever reason, were now remaining members of AD:uk and the organisation is starting to get a good body of non-local authority arts organisations in membership. The new AD:uk fellowship scheme has made more than 50 awards in its first round – which is more than 20% of the organisation’s membership. AD:uk has also just launched its new knowledge and skills bank – asking members to commit a minimum of 10 hours per year to share their skills with other members. Jane emphasised that both these schemes are open to members of Voluntary Arts.  I used my slot on the agenda to ask AD:uk to encourage voluntary arts groups across the country to sign-up for our Running Your Group online services. I also explained the role we are hoping that local government arts officers will play in relation to Voluntary Arts Week 2012. We want local authorities to promote the Week to voluntary arts groups and to consider running their own local showcase events during the Week. Voluntary Arts Week is 12 – 20 May 2012, more details at:

Robin Simpson.

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