What Next? Cardiff

When: Wednesday 14 February, 8:30 – 9.30am

 Where: British Council Wales will be hosting What Next? From the 21st February to the 28th March.

British Council Wales

Floor 2, 1 Kingsway

CF10 3AQ

There is dedicated cycle racks in the basement parking if required.

Refreshements will be provided.

Chair : Yvonne Murphy

 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? website and social media

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.


  1. Welcome and introductions
  2.  Speaker: Abdul Shayak and Rabab Ghazoul leading a discussion on Diversity in the Arts 
  1. Become A Risks, Rights and Reputations Ambassador

The Rights, Risks and Reputations Ambassadors Programme is a unique professional development programme bringing together a diverse mix of individuals who are passionate about experimentation and artistic risk in the cultural sector.

What Next? are looking to recruit 20 pairs of regional ambassadors to support their local cultural community to safely take creative and reputational risks, understand their responsibilities and rights, and the rights of their artists and communities, and to manage complex situations as they arise.

You will deepen your knowledge and understanding of Rights, Risks and Reputations through a comprehensive programme of training, support and digital resources. As an ambassador, you will be linked to a national peer network as well as having access to tools and resources to support you to lead a session that cascades your learning locally and helps to challenge a risk averse culture.

The programme actively seeks to be fully representative of, reflect, and meet the needs of the arts and cultural community across; gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion and class.

There is no cost to participants for this programme and there are bursaries available for freelancers.
For further information and to apply by Monday 26 February via a simple online form visit the

What Next? website.

  1. Update on Cardiff/Valleys What Next?

Meeting Tues 27th Feb at Muni, Pontypridd 9.30-11.30am. Whose going?

  1. It’s UN International Mother Language Day
  2. Any Other Business
  • Response to Cardiff Economic Green Paper
    (deadline for submission of responses – 31 March 2018)

www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Business/Documents/Green Paper November 2017.pdf

  • WN? Chapter Chairs 2018 Quarterly Meetings
    • Friday 16 March, 12 – 3pm – can anyone attend this to represent Cardiff?
    • Monday 25 June, 12 – 3pm
    • Tuesday 18 September, 12 – 3pm
    • Monday 10 December, 12 – 5pm

Location TBC (Central London)

  • Cer i Greu/Get Creative – 17 – 25 March 2018

Please get involved and help spread the message. You can register your event here on the Get Creative website www.getcreative.wales

  • BBC Digital Cities Week Cardiff – 26 Feb – 1 March 2018 – link to info:


  • Links to inform further discussion/compilation of ‘shopping list’ of major events Wales could host:

Major Events Unit guidance and assessment criteria


Visit Wales Tourism Strategy


Visit Wales’ ‘Thematic’ Years


Future meetings

  • CONFIRMED: Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Minister for Culture (Weds 21 March at British Council)
  • CONFIRMED: John Rostron and Elena Schmitz discuss SHOWCASING (7th March at British Council)
  • Suggestion: Bethan Jenkins AM – in her role as chair of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
  • Suggestion: St Fagans National Museum of History Visit
  • Suggestion: Lizzie Crump, Creative Learning Alliance
  • Suggestion: UK industrial strategy
  • Suggestion: OECD Evaluation
  • Suggestion: Implications of Brexit on the cultural sector (Wiard Stark)
  • Suggestion: Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales re Future Generations Framework

Future What Next? meetings

  • 21 Feb – 28 Mar 2018, British Council Wales
  • 4 Apr – 9 May, NMW
  • 16 May – 20 Jun, School of Art & Design, Cardiff Met University
  • 27 Jun – xxxx?