Wednesday 11 February 2015, 8.30am-9.30am

Room 0.52, Bute Building, Cardiff University (NB: further info at bottom of agenda)

Chair: Emma Evans

With thanks to Sara Pepper and Cardiff University for support with the meeting space

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.

WN? Cardiff site (agendas, members, etc):

WN? UK movement website:


Cardiff: or @WNCardiff and #wn2014 #wn2015

UK: and #wn2014 #wn2015

  1. Welcome & introductions
  1. WN? updates

including Get Creative/ BBC campaign

Message from WN?/ David Lan about Get Creative – PLUS attachment **Please circulate to your networks**

Get Creative launch in Cardiff – join in!

To mark the launch of the BBC Get Creative campaign, Voluntary Arts Wales is hosting a participatory graffiti event at 9.30am on Thursday 19 February at the Boiler House, Unit D, Papermill Business Park, Cardiff CF11 8DH, where members of the public can take up spray cans for the first time as part of Voluntary Arts #LovetoPaint month. If you are a painter of any description, or just fancy having a go, email to confirm your place.

Chairs, six week block, speakers/ topics, etc – esp start of March

IWA’s Constitutional Convention –

Policy Forum for Wales event about curriculum reform 30 April Further details below.

  1. Coming weeks/ next six week block

18 Feb – Rhian Hutchings, Artworks Cymru

(19 Feb – Tony Hall/ Get Creative launch speech in London)

25 Feb **the week of Get Creative & Talk events**

4 March

11 March

18 March

Get Creative and Talk events listing

Thurs 19 Feb – Tony Hall/ Get Creative launch speech in London

Sat 21 Feb – Theatr Iolo event

Mon 23 – Omidaze/ WMC

Tues 24 – Sherman Cymru/ NTW; and also at Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Thurs 26 – SDH/ Arts Active; also The Other Room

**also digital activity from NTW and WNO**

  1. AOB

Information on venue:

This will be our new regular space until the end of the year.

The room is to the right and down the stairs when you walk into the building. 3rd door on the left.

There is bike parking next to the building and car parking (paid for) in front of the building. Bus stop also opposite Bute Building.

Refreshments won’t be provided, but there is a coffee shop as well as food and drink machines in the foyer.

More info re: access, transport, catering and coffee facilities etc here:

Many thanks to Sara Pepper and Cardiff University for this support.



The People’s Mic: Austerity is Not Working

Thursday 12 Feb @ 6:30pm

The Abacus @ Cardiff

All welcome. Roundtable discussion kicked off by short 5 min presentations. Our topics for the night: * So what is austerity? What’s the alternative * Why we mustn’t allow arts & culture to be cut. * How are cuts impacting on women * Setting up a community campaign to save a library or other amenity.

Getting us thinking about these topics will be- Greg Cullen (Playwright), Len Arthur (People’s Assembly Wales/Ex-lecturer), Hannah Austin (Cardiff Feminist Network) + Live Acoustic Music.

To stay networked for future anti-austerity events feel free to join the Cardiff People’s Assembly facebook group or to be added to our mailing list.

Policy Forum for Wales event about curriculum reform 30 April

Further details:

Bringing together key policymakers with stakeholders, delegates at this seminar will assess the outcomes of the Independent Review of the National Curriculum, Developing a Curriculum for Wales, due to be published in early 2015.

Timed as the Welsh Government prepare their response to the proposals, delegates will consider the Review’s findings, the proposed new subject content and assessment systems, and the key implementation challenges these present.

Sessions will include discussion on whether the new curriculum will adequately prepare young people for further education and work, lessons learnt from curriculums in other nations and the role that external organisations such as sports bodies, businesses and cultural organisations can play in helping schools deliver the programmes of study. Delegates will also examine how the Review brings together and builds upon findings other recent Welsh Government-commissioned reports on improving ICT, physical literacy, arts, history – particularly Welsh history – and Welsh language teaching, as well as how the new curriculum would link with wider reforms such as the Foundation Phase, new Literacy and Numeracy Frameworks and changes to the qualifications system.

We are delighted that Professor Dai Smith, Author, Independent Report on the Arts in Education in the Schools of Wales, and Chair, Arts Council of Wales; Professor Laura McAllister, Member, Welsh Government’s Schools and Finish Group, and Chair, Sport Wales; Stuart Arthur, Co-Chair, Welsh Government’s ICT Steering Group, and Chief Technology Officer, CommunityMC2; Professor Sioned Davies, Chair, Welsh Second Language at Key Stage 3 and 4 Review Group, and Chair of Welsh and Head of School, Cardiff University; Lauren Hyams, Head, Code Club Pro and Nia Williams, Member, Welsh Government’s Cwricwlwm Cymreig Task and Finish Group, and Head of Learning, Participation and Interpretation, National Museum Wales have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Bryn Davies, Chair, Venture Wales; Dr Philip Dixon, Director, ATL Cymru; Professor David Egan, Professor of Welsh Education Policy, and Director, Welsh Centre for Equity in Education, University of Wales Trinity Saint David; Owen Hathway, Policy Officer, NUT Wales Cymru; Denise Inger, Chief Executive, SNAP Cymru; Betsan O’Connor, Managing Director, Education through Regional Working; Professor David Reynolds, Senior Advisor, Welsh Government, and Professor of Education, University of Southampton and Andrew Thraves, Member, Strategic Committee, Expert Subject Advisory Groups have also agreed to speak. Further senior participants are being approached.

Lord German, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children in Wales and former Deputy First Minister for Wales has agreed to chair a session at this seminar.