Wednesday 22 October, 8.30am-9.30am

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

Chair: Laura Drane

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

– ADUK conference

– Festival Congress

– RSA Cymru conference

– Any more biogs and pics for WNCdf site

– forward to contacts in Midlands/ Fri 24 October:

– IWA Senedd Paper working party/ Emma Evans, Geraint Talfan Davies, Yvonne Murphy (inc feedback from Mon mtg)

  1. January event

– Verbal feedback from Mon mtg – working group: Sara Pepper, Alice Taylor, Rhian Hutchings, Wiard Sterk

– Purpose, aim, when and where, chair and panel, audience, format, follow up, queries, actions

  1. Coming weeks/ next six week block



LHD to chair till 5 Nov

29 Oct (half term) Robin Simpson, CEO Voluntary Arts

5 Nov ideas and actions for public engagement


12 Nov local and national angle

19 Nov local and national angle

26 Nov local and national angle

3 Dec local and national angle

10 Dec local and national angle, leading to public engagement (and 14 Jan planning/ prep)

17 Dec ideas and actions for public engagement and (14 Jan planning/ prep)

Xmas/ NY break

7 Jan – final 14 Jan planning/ prep

14 Jan – national WN? day linking with other chapters

21 Jan – standalone session; week after starting new six week block

  1. AOB

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.


Radio 4, You and Yours – about music tuition inc ISM campaign in Wales – (section labelled “plastic instrument”)

ArtFreedomWales event at Chapter, 27 Nov:

WG Early Years consultation:

Launch of The Space:

It’s live! @thespacearts Open Call: established & aspiring artists, 18+, anywhere in the world encouraged to apply!

Newport budget consultation:

“It is likely that you will be aware of the pressures on Local Government finances as a result of  Central Government austerity measures.  Savings of around £50 million have already been made by Newport City Council with a further £25 million planned to be made over the next three financial years. Because of these cuts the council simply can’t afford to carry on doing all the things it does currently.  Despite our plans for the above savings we are now expecting to have to find an extra £5 million of savings in the next financial year because of a further reduction in the money we receive. That means saving £10 million next year alone. We are asking local people, groups and businesses what services matter most to you, how you think we can do things differently to save money and how the community could get more involved in helping to make savings. Through the following link you can find more information about the current financial situation and we hope you will take the time to complete the ‘Online Budget Challenge questionnaire’. “