What Next? Cardiff


When: Wednesday 18 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
  • #LoveTheatreDay today – 18 November 2015
  • Wellbeing and Future Generations Bill
  • Get Creative day – 2 April
  1. Jonathan Gross – Get Creative Research Project focus group

Jonathan Gross is a member of the Get Creative Research Project team at King’s College London. The team at King’s is evaluating the campaign and undertaking a broader piece of research investigating the conditions that motivate, enable and constrain everyday creativity. As part of this work, Jonathan and members of the team are conducting focus groups with What Next? chapters in 8 regions of the UK. On Wednesday he will talk with the Cardiff chapter about experiences and impressions of the Get Creative campaign. And, more broadly, discuss how each of your organisations works to facilitate everyday creativity. Further information about the research can be found at the project blog, through which we are sharing updates and reflections: https://getcreativeresearch.wordpress.com/

  1. Future What Next? Meetings

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

  • 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 – 18 November
As with last year’s event, there is 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

Currently hosting year 2 briefing sessions for schools and head teachers across Wales; these briefings will be relevant for head teachers and/or senior school staff interested in finding out more, and especially those wishing to apply to become Lead Creative Schools.

Please circulate to relevant contacts: http://www.artswales.org.uk/news-and-events/events



Ballet Cymru nominated as Best Independent Company at The Critics Circle National Dance Awards 2016 – winners will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony to be held in the Robin Howard Theatre at The Place on Monday, 25th January 2016.

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 – 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

24 Nov – Application Workshops – Arts Council of Wales
Application surgeries to be held at Chapter, for organisations interested in submitting an application to the Digital Innovation Fund. Find out More

 25 Nov Meet A Mentor Event – National Museum
SFEDI, the IOEE and Lloyds Banking Group are working together to a run a series of Meet A Mentor events in venues throughout the UK. Free for both mentors and mentees however, places are limited so recommended to sign up. Find out More

28 Nov COP2 Swansea – The Environment Centre
Emergence – in association with The Environment Centre  presents:
COP2 SWANSEA – Discussions, creative offerings from local performers and a screening of The Age of Stupid.
COP SWANSEA (1, 2 & 3) – Three events combining discussions, creative offerings from local performers, and film screenings. Three opportunities to share our concerns and solutions; to talk about our fears and plan actions; to get better informed about the scale of the challenge and what we can all do to play our part in changing things for the better.
Come to one, two or all three – to connect with others and make your voice heard.
COP1 will be held at Cinema & Co on Sunday 22nd November 2015, screening Chasing Ice.
COP3 will be held at Volcano Theatre on 5th December 2015, screening the Swansea premiere of This Changes Everything. For more information and tickets click HERE.