We are the voice of children’s arts in the UK.  We aim to improve the cultural wellbeing of children by focusing attention on and encouraging support for children’s arts, and by celebrating and sharing the achievements of our practitioners. 

 

THE NATIONAL VOICE OF CHILDREN’S ARTS

Campaigning

  • for children’s right to the arts.

Connecting

  • children’s arts practitioners.

Celebrating 

  • children’s arts in the UK.

“Every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”
Article 31, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Click here for our Manifesto – Children’s Arts, Children’s Lives.

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Click on the picture to hear children’s own voices in this video made for ACA by Whitespace with the support of Bath Festivals5x5x5=creativity and the egg.

Action for Children’s Arts is the only UK charity supporting all the arts for all children.
           

    

Terry Jones, Nick Park, Joanna McGregor, Lynne Reid Banks and Shirley Hughes OBE are just a few of our Patrons. Click here to see them all.

“With the ever-increasing focus on narrow academic success, it is more vital than ever to create an arts context for education. The lessons learnt in participating in drama and the performing arts – be they interpersonal skills or the mysteries of group dynamics – are often more useful in later life than a whole bookful of learned facts.”
Terry Jones

If you support our aims, you can support ACA by:

  • becoming a member – click here to find out how much it costs and how you can benefit
  • making a donation – as much or as little as you want, using the link on this page.

Mind the Gap, Epic ArtsLighthouse Poole and London Children’s Museum are just 4 of our 68 member organisations.

To see the full list, click here.


NOTICEBOARD

Notices from ACA members appear here - news of new projects, shouts for help, anything they want other people to know about.

If you’re an ACA member and want to put something on the Noticeboard, send an email to membership@childrensarts.org.uk.

Click on the title of any notice to read it in full.

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THE GIANT’S EMBRACE 
Big Brum Theatre in Education
A half-day theatre-in-education programme for KS1/2 touring from March 2014…

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EMPOWERING CHILDREN
Sid Sloane
I am working on building a strong team and looking for creative partnerships as well as sponsors to help with the research and development…

INSPIRING PEOPLE, INSPIRING PRACTICE

A series of profiles, documenting the work of children’s arts practitioners across the UK and around the world – click to download.

Morag Styles - Reader in Children’s Literature, Cambridge University
Travelling Light Theatre - The School Play
Maria Hayes - artist
David Bruce - composer
Rosie Heafford - choreographer
Wriggle Dance Theatre – interactive performance
Lisa Sainsbury – Director, NCRCL
National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature – a profile

PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST

Children up to twelve years of age make up 15% of the population, but Freedom of Information requests made by Action for Children’s Arts last year revealed that only 1% of public funding for the arts supports work for children.

Action for Children’s Arts believes that the arts are as important for children as they are for adults – and deserve a fair share of the funding.

Click here to find out more.

 

IMMERSIVE ARTS FOR CHILDREN

This August, we are teaming up with the Globe to
present a groundbreaking new Inspiration Day

Globe Theatre

28th August 2014

10am – 5pm
 
What is Immersive Art? Join us to find out more about how practitioners in this field create participative arts experiences in which audience members give up their passive “observer’’ status and become actively involved in the narrative.

What will the day involve? You will be treated to a morning performance of the Globe’s multi award winning immersive theatre piece for children and families, Muse of Fire, followed by an afternoon of keynote speeches from leading practitioners in the field followed by refreshments, Q&A and discussion.
Have fun, gain insight, network and learn how to create, programme and market this exciting new art form.

How much does it cost? Tickets are great value for money at £55 for non-members, £45 for ACA members, £35 concessions and include both morning coffee on arrival and complimentary afternoon wine.

Spaces are limited, so s
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CHILDREN’S ARTS AWARDS

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Every year, ACA celebrates children’s arts by making awards to artists who make work for children.

Last year, the awards were presented on Friday 18 October 2013 at the Unicorn Theatre, London. This year’s awards will take place sometime in the Autumn. Keep an eye on this page or sign up for updates via one of the social media channels below.

The J.M.Barrie Award is presented to an individual artist who has made a lasting contribution to children’s arts. Last year, the award was presented to LYNNE REID BANKS, author of more than forty books for children and a tireless champion of children’s arts for many years.

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A new award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Arts was presented to LYN GARDNER for championing children’s theatre in her work as a theatre critic for The Guardian.

Click here to read her acceptance speech, which was subsequently published on her blog.

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Members’ Awards are presented every year to individuals and organisations nominated by ACA members for the difference their work makes to children’s lives through the arts. The awards were presented last year to:

ALDEBURGH MUSIC
DARYL BEETON
JO BELLOLI
LOUISE BETTS
PEPE HART
JUDE MERRILL MBE
SHARON SNAYLAM
IVAN STOTT

SPEAKING UP FOR CHILDREN’S ARTS

As the national voice of children’s arts we take every opportunity we can to make the case for the importance of the arts in children’s lives.

Click on the pictures to hear two of our patrons, Sir Ken Robinson and Michael Morpurgo OBE, making the case on our behalf in specially recorded videos.

  


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