What Next? Cardiff…

When: Wednesday 21 October 2015, 8.30am – 9.30am
Where: British Council Wales, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AQ
Chair: Laura H. Drane, arts and cultural producer and


  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Updates since last meeting / discussion to include;
  • Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act / Welsh Government’s consultation (http://thewaleswewant.co.uk/)
    There will be a specific consultation event for public bodies affected by the act (morning session) in Cardiff on 23 October SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
  • #LoveTheatreDay (18 November 2015) – see below for further information
  • Google Hangout Update
  • What Next? Administrations
  • New What Next? national website –suggestions for images and/or a quote                                               
  1. Future What Next? meetings

Speakers at future meetings:

                   Sherman Cymru tenure…

  • 28 October: Neil Woollard, Head of Local Engagement  CONFIRMED– see below for further information AND Sian Tomos, Arts Council Wales, to speak to the group about the Future Generations Act CONFIRMED

    Date to be confirmed…

    Amelia Womack, Green Party Deputy –  SUGGESTION

Message from Neil Woollard

“Tidal Lagoon Power has submitted to the UK Planning Inspectorate an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) scoping report looking at Tidal Lagoon development in the area of Cardiff and Newport.  The report outlines the scope of the EIA with relevant regulators and provided the opportunity for them to comment. This is very much the entry point to the planning process, and marks the start of over two years of pre-application project development work which we will be undertaking”.

Neil would like to talk to What Next? Cardiff Chapter about the early stages of their project and understand your views and the potential for arts and culture to be a part of the project.

The website for Tidal Lagoon Cardiff can be located at  www.tidallagooncardiff.com where you will be able to find more information on the proposals, and will be updated as the project develops.

               Cardiff School of Art and Design tenure…

  • 20 January
    Claudia Castro, a recently graduated International Clore Fellow from Brazil – CONFIRMED

                  Future topics of discussions, suggestions from previous meetings:

  • BBC Get Creative – date to be confirmed (Yvonne Murphy to discuss further with Lisa Matthews)
  • 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.

                  New speaker suggestions welcome. 

                  What Next? future host venues

  • 28 October to 25 November, Sherman Cymru
  • 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.

  1. Any Other Business



 #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.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. You can follow them on Twitter @LoveTheatreDay  or follow @CultureThemes@TwitterUK and @GdnCulturePros.

 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

 Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography

1- 31 October 2015
Including the Cardiff Pride of Place Project, the Abacus.

Welsh Museums Festival
24 October – 1 November 2015

Below message from Heledd Fychan from Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales:
After a successful first year, the Welsh Museums Festival returns in a few weeks. This time it will coincide with October half term, and also Museums at Night. There are two strands to the festival – one public facing in terms of encouraging people to visit their local museums, and the second an advocacy strand targeted at politicians. If you have been working in partnership or collaboratively with a Museum, there could be an opportunity for you to take part in the festival and also use for your own advocacy purposes.

Further information about the festival itself can be found here: http://museums.wales

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Heledd Fychan from Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales: heledd.fychan@amgueddfacymru.ac.uk

If you are able to help promote the festival on social media, it would be appreciated. The festival hashtags are #gwylamgueddfeydd and #welshmuseumsfest

There is also a thunderclap, please sign up by 24 October 9:30am: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/31977

Museums at Night
30 – 31 October 2015 / 11 – 14 May 2016


Events in Wales

RSA Engage: Cardiff – free
Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 18:00, National Museum Cardiff

Cardiff Dance Festival
10 – 22 November

Communicating our Culture Bilingually (Free workshop)
Arts Council of Wales is offering arts organisations and practitioners in Wales a one day workshop to understand more about what it means to work bilingually, how to do so effectively and cost efficiently.

Thursday, 5 November, Mostyn, Llandudno
Tuesday, 17 November, Arad Goch, Aberystwyth
Thursday, 19 November, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

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

Venue information
The British Council will be hosting What Next? for the period 9 September to 21 October 2015.

Venue address: British Council, level two, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AQ (indicated in red on this map)

Access: The building is called “One Kingsway” it’s accessible via the pedestrianised area just off Kingsway.
On arrival turn to the left to take the lift or stairs to level two (no need to report to security staff on arrival, though they’ll be happy to direct you if you’re unsure)
When you arrive on level two, the door to the British Council office is directly in front of the lift, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.
If you take the stairs, when you reach the level two exit, turn to the right until you reach the door to the British Council office, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.

Meeting room: the meeting will be held in room seven, you’ll be shown to the room on arrival.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, water and pastries will be provided from 8:20am

Contact: British Council in Wales; Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, 07971 155505 ( Rebecca.Gould@britishcouncil.org ) and Lyndsey Halliday, Project and communication support officer, 07904 689109 ( lyndsey.halliday@britishcouncil.org )

Bicycle parking: There is ample bicycle parking on the pavement opposite the British Council office, just off Greyfriars road (some by the Slug and Lettuce and some by the Hilton hotel)

Train station: The nearest train station is Cardiff Queen Street, about an 8 minute brisk walk. Cardiff central station is about a 13 minute brisk walkCar parking: There is on street parking for disabled badge holders only on Greyfriars place.

The most convenient car parking for non-disabled badge holders is on King Edward VII Avenue (near to Cardiff city hall) Parking for up to 2 hours is £2.80. The underpass near to the roundabout on King Edward VII Avenue brings you out next to the British Council office (One Kingsway)