When: Wednesday 20 April 2016, 8.30am – 9.30am

Host: Wales Millennium Centre

Where: Sony room WMC, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL

Chair: Sarah Leigh, WMC

Reception will be open from 8.15am. Wales Millennium Centre will be the meeting venue for What Next? Cardiff until Wednesday 11 May 2016.

Getting there: Info here: http://www.wmc.org.uk/yourVisit/GettingHere/

There are bike racks available at the front and stage door of WMC. The nearest car park is located on Pierhead Street http://www.apcoa.co.uk/parking-in/cardiff/pierhead-street-mscp.html Buses run to Bute Place and Mermaid Quay.

1.Welcome and introductions 

2.Updates from Working Groups

The following working groups were formed at last week’s meeting. Please contact the following lead people if you would like to join any of the below working groups.

  • 24 Hour Culture Survey. Lead: Paul Kaynes Paul@ndcwales.co.uk Aim to take a snapshot survey of culture in Cardiff before the summer recess. Will meet on 26th and report back on 27th April.
  • Cardiff: Cultural Conversation Cultural Consortium. This will be as a task group to create a vision and strategy for arts and culture for Cardiff, and to propose a way forward for the proto-consortium. Lead: Laura Drane lauradraneassoc@gmail.com Report back from mtg held on Fri 15 April

3.Manifestos Update: Ceri Black and Yvonne Murphy. Plaid Cymru and Greens been published, Labour due Tues 19th.

4.The DCMS White Paper https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/culture-white-paper and great CLA summary here: http://www.culturallearningalliance.org.uk/news/briefing-the-culture-white-paper/

  • Possibly a comparative paper with from a Wales’ point of view and with Culture Counts, Scotland – lead: Lisa Matthews/ other people to volunteer

5.Get Creative – any further reflections, stats, etc.

6.Any other Business

  • Visit the exhibition at its only UK venue: Getting things done – Evolution of the Built Environment in Vorarleberg – or – how design can transform a nation: This exhibition is in Wales through a collaboration involving ourselves and the Welsh School of Architecture. It has toured the world and its only UK stop is here in Cardiff at the Senedd. We are also a hosting a symposium and all the details are below via the links.



7.Future What Next? meetings29 June till 27 July – Michael Garvey at BBC NOWSept onwards TBC for hosts/ chairs (poss: National Museum, Arts & Business Cymru, Cardiff Met/ CSAD, WNO

AUGUST – no meetings

18 May till 22 June – Laura Drane chairing at Chapter


  • Sophie Howe/ Future Generations Commissioner – approached by LHD already
  • Neil Hanratty/ Cardiff Council – agreed/ reminder what date? Michael Garvey
  • Welsh Government speaker to talk about its International Engagement Strategy – ACW to follow up
  • European Capital Culture 2023/ Natasha Hale
  • Cardiff City Region – rep us to them and vice versa
  • Making the case to government/ ACW Nick Capaldi
  • Commonwealth Games 2026/ Chris Jenkins
  • Catrin Pascoe/ Editor Western Mail
  • Next WG minister/ deputy minister
  • What/ who else?Also John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation

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.


What Next? Future Host Venues

6 April to 11 May – Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL


18 May to 22 June – Chapter Arts Centre, 40 Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE


29 June to 27 July – BBC NOW, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL


August – no meetings


Sept onwards – National Museum and Arts and Business Cymru has offered to host a series of meetings but need to confirm dates.