Family Arts Standards Resources

Family Arts Standards Resources

On this page you’ll find case studies, links, resources and further support to help your organisation provide fantastic experiences for families every step of the way.

These resources are commissioned and collated for Family Arts Standards Holders.

Guidance and Self-Evaluation Toolkit

The guidance includes:

  • How to advertise that you are signed up to the Standards
  • Checklists to help you judge if you fulfil the Family Arts Standards. They also provide an opportunity to think about how you can further improve on what you offer for families. 

There are also two versions of the facilities checklist, one for venue based organisations and one for non-venue based organisations.

Case Studies

How Sage Gateshead reached new and existing families throughout the pandemic

Eleanor Mooney tells us about how Sage Gateshead’s Family Programme overcame challenges to reach new and existing families throughout the pandemic in innovative ways.

Bringing the gallery experience to life: sensory tours from MK Gallery

Rosie May and Sophie Bennett from MK Gallery tell us how their sensory gallery tours were created and delivered, to increase inclusivity and accessibility for audiences with diverse needs.

Taking Families Out and About: Imaginate’s ‘Family Encounters’

Noel Jordan, Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, tells us about how the organisation met the challenges of the 2021 Edinburgh International Children’s Festival during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Oxford Playhouse Case Study: Tea Talks

Beth Sedgwick, Community Programme Manager at Oxford Playhouse, tells us about the Tea Talks storytelling project.

artsdepot Case Study: Upstanding Citizens Programme

Shortlisted for the Best Age-Friendly Outreach Award in the Fantastic for Families Awards 2022, Tim Burley from artsdepot tells us about their Upstanding Citizens programme.

darts Case Study: Singing for Memory

Cara McAleese, Arts & Health Project Manager at darts shares more about 'Singing for Memory'

Age Exchange Case Study: Caring Together

David Savill from Age Exchange tells us more about the background and impact of their 'Caring Together' programme

Three singers gathered around studio mics, laughing together

Strengthening family bonds through the power of music: the Lullaby Project

Irene Taylor Trust's Artistic Director shares initiative supporting marginalised communities

Family Arts Standards Branding

Display your Accreditation:

Families are coming to recognise the Family Arts Standards and Age-Friendly Standards logos as a badge of excellence, and so we encourage you to use the branding on your marketing materials, in your email signature and on your website.

Displaying your Accreditation Online:

On your website: You can use the Family Arts Standards and Age-Friendly Standards logos on your website footer, your email signature and on your e-newsletters. All of these signify to audiences that your events are accredited and verified. We would particularly recommend adding it to any communications going specifically or only to family audiences.

On Event listings: HTML code for Fantastic for Families event badge. We have created a piece of code which you can copy and paste to the bottom of your event listings. This will mean that your listings are automatically accredited and verified by the Family Arts Standards, without the need to upload a an image file. You can also drop this code into the event description box when adding your events to online listings sites.

Great for if you you’re using a WordPress site or need a quick solution without requiring any web development.

Paste this code into your editor:
<img class=””alignright” src=”””” width=””125″” height=””80″” />


The Standards logo, which indicates your overall family friendly offer, to be used in your brochure, on your website and in your venue (if you have one). You’ll find this in the Branding Pack.

For Events:

The Fantastic for Families badge, to mark individual events that are appealing to families. You’ll find this in the Branding Pack.

Not yet an Family Arts Standards Holder?
It’s easy to sign up…

  • First, read the Family Arts Standards in full
  • Ask your Chief Executive or Head of Department to email confirmation to Head of Family Arts Campaign
  • Let us know a main contact for this activity within your organisation
  • You will then receive an email confirming your registration along with the logo and brand guidelines

Image credits:
Header – Oily Cart
First Image – Doncaster Community Arts
Second Image – Summer Staycation Put Your Heart into Art
Third Image – Walthamstow Garden Party
Fourth Image – Maritime Museum

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