About ACA

Action for Children's Arts was founded in 1998 by Vicky Ireland MBE with the support of a group of like-minded children's arts professionals. We value children, childhood and the arts, and take a keen interest in all arts activities for children aged 0-12.

Campaigning for children's rights to the arts

Connecting children's arts practitioners

Celebrating children's arts in the UK


Our current campaigns are the Arts Backpack UK and Listening to Children. We regularly attend WhatNext meet-ups at the Young Vic, the Westminster Forum, the APPG for Children's Media and the Arts, the Cultural Campaigning Group and follow-up meetings for the Big Arts and Education Debate.

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We offer networking opportunities at regular round-tables, conferences and Inspiration Days. We are a membership organisation and are active throughout the four regions of the UK. Members are invited to at least two networking events a year, as well as the events listed above.

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ACA celebrates distinguished figures and unsung heroes of the children's arts industry every year at the JM Barrie Awards. Previous winners include Sir Michael Morpurgo, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Bernard Cribbins. Members are also allowed to nominate freelancers and organisations for awards.

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