Wednesday 19 November, 8.30am-9.30am

Room 0.05, Bute Building, Cardiff University (NB: further info at bottom of agenda)

Chair: Wiard Sterk

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

UK: and #wn2014

  1. Welcome & introductions


  1. WN? updates

– Happy #lovetheatre day!


Sign up to take part here:

– Launch of Culture Shift report for Wales:

– Orchestras Everywhere project from ABO:

– Text of Dai Smith’s keynote to ADUK conference in Cardiff:

– GPS Culture – RoCC report, PLACE report and Hard Facts to Swallow

And Select Committee report into Arts Council England:

– Culture and Poverty – Welsh Government Response

Wales will take the lead in utilising culture to help tackle poverty, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates has said as he outlined the Welsh Government’s response to the ground-breaking Culture and Poverty report by Baroness Kay Andrews OBE. Speaking in the Senedd, the Deputy Minister said he endorsed the report and its recommendations and was proud Wales had taken the lead in highlighting the powerful role culture can play in tackling poverty. The Welsh Government response to the report sets out in detail progress made to date on some of the recommendations and how others will be taken forward. The Deputy Minister also outlined proposals to establish Pioneer Areas across Wales, where cultural organisations will link with community groups and Communities First clusters to allow those in some of our most deprived communities to reap the benefits of cultural participation. Full information is available at

– Plans for 10th Dec and media meeting

– Anything further to report on BBC year of culture

  1. Coming weeks/ nextsix weekblock



26 Nov local and national angle – speaker: Code Club (chair: Rhian Hutchings)

3 Dec local and national angle – Michelle

10 Dec ** mooted as media and arts/ culture mtg – Michelle **

17 Dec ideas and actions for public engagement and Jan chairs etc – Jessica

Xmas/ NY break

7 Jan –

14 Jan –

21 Jan –

28 Jan –

  1. AOB

If time, quick round the table to see what people are working on, have coming up, etc

Information on venue:

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

The room is to the left and down the stairs when you walk into the building.

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.


Assisting arts/ cultural sector in communicating through the media – Pontypridd 21/11:

WAPA/ Creu Cymru event “Talking Shop” on 21 Nov –

ArtFreedomWales event at Chapter, 27 Nov:

WG Early Years consultation:

Compass Cymru event, 24 Nov – “The Challenge for Progressives”: changing the discourse to make democracy work for you: