What Next? Cardiff


Wednesday 22 July 2015, 8.30am-9.30am

Grace Williams Studio, BBC Hoddinott Hall (NB: further directions at bottom of agenda)

Chair: Wiard Stark

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Julia Armour, Hull City of Culture
  3.    Political Manifestos

What was the response following the action last week to give the ‘Manifesto Asks and Rationale’ document to 3 people not in the arts ? What did these people outline as the most important points/issues/topics from the document ?

‘Manifesto Asks and Rationale’ document available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7XNgcLXw2ntMWlVYVVPNjZCQ28

  1. Documents/Topics to be discussed at future WN? Cardiff

29th July – BBC Hoddinott Hall


9th September


16th September

TBC Neil Hanratty, Cardiff City Council (Yvette Vaughan Jones to invite)

23rd September

TBC Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Wales Office (Chris Ricketts to confirm)

30th September

Culture Shift www.cultureshift.org.uk Fern Smith

Future topics/speakers:

  • 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 WN? Cardiff meetings: Prosperity, Resilience, Health, Equality, Communities, Welsh Language, Global Responsibility.
  • Graham Sheffield, Head of Arts, British Council. (Rebecca Gould to ask if he would like to speak)
  1. AOB
  1. Chair needed for WN? Cardiff meeting on 29th BBC NOW will host, who would like to volunteer to Chair this meeting ?
  2. Updates from Working Groups (see below) and which topics to discuss at future meetings.



BBC Get Creative: Get Creative has now signed a letter of agreement with WOW24/7 which will run a searchable activity finder on its website which lists Get Creative activities and events as run by the Champions. Here’s the link: https://lineupnow.com/submit/?origin=www.bbc.co.uk

Champions should

  1. a) sign-up to WOW24/7 listings engine Line-Up
  2. b) enter Get Creative events, which must be free or cost-recovery

Please note that this website is for all appropriate activity at any time of the year – not just that which coincides with the Get Creative culmination weekend/s.


BBC/ACW Partnership and BBC Charter:

Working group to consider how WN? Cardiff can contribute to BBC Charter. This is still in draft format and WN? Cardiff is awaiting a final version from Aled Rowlands (BBC) before he leaves his post later this summer.

Following the discussion with Suzy Davies (Welsh Conservatives) last week, here is a transcript of a speech given by Nicky Morgan (Conservative) on 16th July: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/the-arts-underpin-our-understanding-of-britishness

National Survey for Wales: need to feed in to Ann Kellaway by mid-August questions that could be added to the new survey. Anne’s presentation from last week is on the Google drive.

What Next? Cardiff working groups:

  • BBC Get Creative: Rhian Hutchings, Michaela Nutt, Sally Griffith, Yvonne Murphy, Paul Kaynes, Kevin Lewis
  • BBC/ACW Commissioning/PVP agreement: Suggested response group includes David Evans (Head of Production, NTW – Theatre – TBC), Sally Griffith (Chapter – Film), ask Stephan Stockton (Earthfall – Dance), Wiard Stark, Emma Flatley and/or Peter Bellingham (WNO – Opera), Yvette Vaughn Jones
  • BBC Charter: Steve Blandford, Catriona Noonan (Uni of South Wales), Paul Kaynes (NDCW), Ruth Garnault, Emma Flatley, ask Geraint Talfan Davies in an advisory capacity?

Political Parties liaison

  • Plaid: Ceri Black
  • Lib Dems: Wiard Stark, Chris Ricketts reported back that Martin (policy officer) invited WN? Cardiff to keep in touch and that the development of the Lib Dems manifesto would be an iterative process heavily influenced by its members.
  • Greens: David Evans making contact – no response as yet
  • UKIP: David Evans making contact – no response as yet
  • Labour: DM Ken Skates is unable to attend any WN? Cardiff meetings at present, but continues to receive invites and the agenda.


Upcoming events:

WN? UK Google Hangout Wednesday 22 July 1pm-2pm – Starting topic: How can we best maximise our contact with local MPs over the summer when they are on recess? (Led by Lizzie Crump) Plus any other business you wish to discuss

Creative Industries Federation latest newsletter:



No Boundaries Conference

29/30 September, Watershed Bristol


Inspiring Curiosity Conference

21/22 October, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry


Further Reading:

24-Hour Culture Project – Please see documents here: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7XNgcLXw2ntLTBfdF9EZTVvMGc&usp=sharing

A handy website from Arts Council England on how to talk to MPs about arts & culture: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/value-arts-and-culture/advocacy-toolkit/making-case-local-and-national-government/talking-mps/

Ceri Black recommends this website as a useful source of info. on what policy makers are upto: http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/news.nsf/articles/Minister+accepts+Successful+Futures+recommendations+in+full+01072015154700?open



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.


BBC NOW, Hoddinott Hall, WMC 8 July – 29 July

** August break **

WNO, WMC 9 Sept – 14 Oct

Sherman Cymru 21 Oct – 25 Nov

Creative Economy Unit, Cardiff University 2 Dec – 16 Dec

Information on BBC Hoddinott Hall:

Address: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL – in the Grace Williams Studio.

BBC Hoddinott Hall stage door is accessible at the back of the Wales Millennium Centre. At that time in the morning the best way of getting into Hoddinott Hall will be by using the access road off Bute Place – follow the short road round to the right and BBC Hoddinott Hall stage door is on the right opposite WNO stage door. Please sign in at the reception desk.

The Grace Williams Studio is located on the 2nd floor of BBC Hoddinott Hall, there is a lift (or stairs) and the security guard on reception will guide you in the right direction.

There is ample bicycle parking along this access road and in the covered disabled car park underneath BBC Hoddinott Hall. It is approximately a brisk 5-minute walk from Cardiff Bay Station (which connects from Queen Street and not Cardiff Central).The closest car park is Pierhead Street (http://www.apcoa.co.uk/parking-in/cardiff/pierhead-street-mscp.html) – a 2 hour tariff is £3.50.

Refreshments will not be provided, however Crema inside WMC on the ground floor opens at 8:30am.