What Next? Cardiff


When: Wednesday 11 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
  • 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. Culture and international co-operation – COP21 and the Refugee Crisis. What can WN? do?

Request for your help. Please see attached a draft letter from colleagues across the Cultural sector to COP21. Julie’s Bicycle are co-ordinating signatures for the letter. Please do look at the confidential list of those signed up to see if you would like to suggest any names or add your own. Please do not share the letter widely as it is not for public circulation at this stage. Please also find attached a briefing paper on COP21 as background.

  1. Creating a National Ecology

See attached – for discussion.

  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

  • 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.
  • Crowdsourced (Ceri Black tc)

Potential future speakers

  • Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Wales Office TO BE RESCHEDULED
  • 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

  • 18 November – 8.30am Sherman Theatre – What Next? focus group with Dr Jonathan Gross, Culture, Media and Creative Industries
  • 25 November – 8.30am last meeting at Sherman Theatre
  • 02 December – first meeting at Creative Economy Unit, Cardiff University
  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

Please note: We want everyone to feel free to ask questions and share their thoughts at What Next? meetings without worrying that they’ll be quoted elsewhere or out of context. It’s generally accepted that no-one reports on the meetings, tweets anything personal or identifiable, or shares any content without checking first with the contributor.

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


Tidal Lagoon Power Presentation
Tidal Lagoon Power Presentation: Further to the presentation on 28 October 2015, should anyone wish to further the conversation with Tidal Lagoon Power, email addresses for Neil and Joanna: neil.woollard@tidallagoonpower.com and joanna.lane@tidallagoonpower.com

#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

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

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 Time Credits Co-Producing Health and Social Care Service in Wales – The Glamorgan Holiday Hotel, The Square, Porthcawl
Explore the work already happening in Wales to support clients with learning disabilities to live good lives within their community. Attendees will hear about the innovative Time Credit work from a range of stakeholders. Find out More  http://www.justaddspice.org/

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

12 Nov Europe Matters to Wales – What can the EU do for creative and cultural organisations in Wales? – Galeri, Victoria Dock, Caernarfon
Find out about how a variety of European Union programmes and support services can benefit your organisation.
Creative Europe Desk UK – Wales has invited representatives from Creative Europe, Horizon 2020, Interreg and Erasmus+ to discuss in detail what these programmes have to offer the Welsh arts, cultural and audiovisual industries. Find out More

17 Nov Creative Cardiff in conversation/Caerdydd Creadigol yng nghwmni: Dick Penny – Cardiff University
Creative Cardiff invites you to an evening in conversation with Dick Penny, the inspirational Director of Bristol’s Watershed. Find Out More
Creative Cardiff is a city-wide network which connects people working in any creative organisation, business or job. By encouraging people to work together we believe that we can make Cardiff the most creative place it can be.

For further information and events – http://www.creativecardiff.org.uk/

18 Nov Creative Europe Culture Seminar in Swansea / Seminar Wybodaeth – Abertawe – Volcano Theatre
Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme supports cooperation and exchange between arts, culture and heritage organisations across different European countries. This funding programme supports a diverse range creative and cultural projects across arts forms such visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, performance, music, heritage, architecture, design, circus, festivals, craft, fashion, arts networks, social enterprises, and those who work in the wider creative and cultural industries.

18 Nov at Volcano Theatre:
Catrin Cooke, Culture Manager at Creative Europe Desk UK – Wales, and Katie Haines, Creative Europe Desk UK, will present the four funding opportunities and the eligibility conditions, talk through case studies, discuss how to develop applications and how to build a good project.
Paul Davies, Artistic Director of Volcano Theatre, will talk through their EU-funded Cooperation Project, One Land Many Faces, which was a collaborative artistic and social project involving 7 partner organisations from across Europe. Find out More
For further information – http://www.creativeeuropeuk.eu/