What Next? Cardiff



When: Wednesday 04 November, 8.30am-9.30am
Where: Meeting Room, The Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cathays CF24 4YE
Chair: Julia Barry, Head of Marketing and Customer Relations

The main doors will be open from 8.15am and the café bar will be open selling tea and coffee.  There will be signs directing you to the meeting room and a member of staff will be available to signpost you should you need assistance.
(NB: further info at bottom of agenda)

  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Updates since last meeting
  • What Next? Valleys & What Next? Cardiff communication – to support arts and culture embedded into the mission of a Cardiff City Region
  • BBC Get Creative
    • Get Creative Research Project focus group with Dr. Jonathan Gross on 18 November – would members prefer 8.30 – 9.30 / 9.30 – 10.30 (following Chapter meeting)
    • Get Creative Campaign – request for volunteers from Get Creative champions to take part in one-to-one interviews with Dr. Jonathan Gross on 17 & 18 November in/around Cardiff – looking for a range of organisations in regards to size/art form/funding arrangements and level of engagement with the Get Creative campaign.
  • #LoveTheatreDay (18 November 2015) – see below for further information
  • Planning a Hustings – Ceri/Yvonne
  • Tidal Lagoon Power Presentation: Further to last week’s presentation, should anyone wish to further the conversation with Tidal Lagoon Power, email addresses for Neil and Joanna: woollard@tidallagoonpower.com and joanna.lane@tidallagoonpower.com
  • Wellbeing and Future Generations Bill: Following Sian Tomos’ presentation at last week’s meeting, the ACW response document will be available to us once it has been signed off. In the meantime, should we consider our own response?
  1. Future What Next? Meetings

We have a number of suggestions for future discussions and speakers – group to discuss what might be most beneficial / worth pursuing.

Potential future topics for discussion

  • Crowdfunding (Ceri Black tc)
  • Setting-up a Cardiff Family Arts Network (suggested by Chris Ricketts)
  • Son of Cardiff City Region: how to get arts/culture represented at Board level
  • Equality, Diversity and Social Justice: Time for Positive Action (on Google drive) – speech from Kerry Michael at NitroBEAT
  • SUSTAINABILITY DUTY: Identify and invite the lead individuals from the following to future What Next? Cardiff meetings: Prosperity, Resilience, Health, Equality, Communities, Welsh Language, Global Responsibility.

Potential future speakers

  • Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Wales Office TO BE RESCHEDULED
  • Ruth Cayford & David Baxter, St David’s Hall – DATE TBC
  • Amelia Womack, Green Party Deputy – DATE TBC
  • Neil Hanratty, the Director of Economic Development SUGGESTION (Michael Garvey has contacted)
  • Kath Richards and Heather Brown SUGGESTION
  • Paul Orders, Chief Exec SUGGESTION
  • Cllr Pete Bradbury SUGGESTION
  • Amanda Spence, Design Advisor at the Design Commission for Wales SUGGESTION

Cardiff School of Art and Design future speakers

  • 20 January – Claudia Castro, a recently graduated International Clore Fellow from Brazil – CONFIRMED

New speaker suggestions welcome – please email sherman5admin@shermancymru.co.uk

Forthcoming dates

  • 11 November – 8.30am Sherman Theatre
  • 18 November – 8.30am Sherman Theatre – What Next? focus group with Dr Jonathan Gross, Culture, Media and Creative Industries
  • 25 November – 8.30am Sherman Theatre
  1. Any Other Business

The purpose of What Next?

Broad aim: to find new ways of engaging with our audience and visitors: the ever-expanding millions who value and take part in the cultural work that happens day-in, day-out up and down this country.

Guiding star: to encourage the people of this country, as individuals and as communities, to see connections between the many different ways art and culture affect and enhance our lives; to urge everyone to register their endorsement of – and pleasure in – their art and culture, especially where these are under threat.

What Next? Cardiff website (agendas, members etc): http://whatnextcardiff.wordpress.com

What Next? UK movement website: www.whatnextculture.org

What Next? Twitter:

Cardiff: www.twitter.com/wncardiff  or @WNCardiff and #wnculture

UK: www.twitter.com/whatnextculture  and #wnculture

Venue Information

The Sherman Theatre will be hosting What Next? Cardiff between 28 Oct – 25 Nov 2015



Getting Here

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Address: The Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4YE

The main doors will be open from 8.15am and the café bar will be open selling tea and coffee.  There will be signs directing you to the meeting room and a member of staff will be available to signpost you should you need assistance.

Public Transport: The Sherman Theatre is a venue based in Cathays, Cardiff which is easily reached on footbicycle or public transport.

Parking: There is street parking available on Senghennydd Road which is operated by Cardiff Council. Fees start from £1.70 for one hour.

Access: The main entrance at Senghennydd Road has level-access directly into the foyer. We have two sets of assisted doors.There is a drop-off point directly outside with a dropped kerb leading to the main entrance. Sherman Cymru building is fully accessible to the public and has lifts, access toilets and all levels are accessible by wheelchair users.


Julia Barry Head of Marketing and Customer Relations julia.barry@shermancymru.co.uk

For agenda enquiries, please contact: sherman5admin@shermancymru.co.uk

What Next? Future Host Venues

2 December to 16 December – Creative Economy Unit, Cardiff University
6 January to 10 February – Cardiff School of Art and Design

Cardiff University have kindly offered use of their rooms if anyone would like to chair/co-ordinate meetings, but doesn’t have the space to host meetings.


Supporting Information



#LoveTheatreDay will be running again this year on 18th November. There’s more information and a sign-up form available here (sign up and they’ll send you an information pack later in October).

They’d like the emphasis to also be on amateurs, so please get those great stories from your professionals on how and why they started.

As with last year’s event, there will be one main hashtag, which this year will group all three words together: #LoveTheatreDay. This will guide the overall conversation throughout the day, with three sub-hashtags to highlight specific themes:

*   #BackStage (10am–12pm) will offer audiences and other arts pros a glimpse into how a production comes together in the weeks leading up to the big night.

*   #AskATheatre (3–5pm) will offer a unique opportunity for theatre fans and aspiring actors to hear first-hand from the individuals and groups that make the magic happen.

*   #Showtime (7–10pm) will give those who can’t make it to a theatre the chance to sit in the “virtual stalls” to experience a performance, or several, via Twitter.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. You can follow them on Twitter @LoveTheatreDay  or follow @CultureThemes@TwitterUK and @GdnCulturePros.

Lead Creative Schools Scheme – The Arts Council of Wales

The Lead Creative Schools Scheme aims to promote new ways of working, with innovative and bespoke programmes of learning designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Sign up to the e-bulletin to Find out More

See below for links to the Oct Bulletin

As a reminder…
The Culture Diary is a free worldwide events calendar of private, media, industry and public events produced by over 4,000 UK organisations covering every art form. The Culture Diary is for any cultural organisation, from small independent organisations to major national institutions. It includes art, dance, design, museums, music, theatre, and much more. You need to register for access (All registrations are reviewed to keep data on the Diary private to members only.) www.theculturediary.com

Upcoming Events
04 Nov – 08 Nov EXPERIMENTICA15 – Chapter
EXPERIMENTICA is a 5-day programme of live art, performance and interdisciplinary projects and offers a dynamic platform for UK and international artists. EXPERIMENTICA is entertaining, dangerous, confusing, life-affirming, playful, provocative, thoughtful, witty, engaging, irritating and everything in between.

06 Nov – 02 Jan The Princess And The Pea – The Sherman Theatre
Join Sherman Cymru and Theatr Iolo this Christmas for a deliciously mischievous re-telling of one of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tales. Find out More

10 Nov – 22 Nov Cardiff Dance Festival
Performances are taking take place at Chapter, the Dance House and Wales Millennium Centre. There will be productions from Wales and the UK, and a rich seam of work by international artists. Find out More