What Next? Cardiff

When: Wednesday 23 September 2015, 8.30am – 9.30am
Where: British Council Wales, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AQ
Chair: Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, British Council in Wales


  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Updates since last meeting / discussion
  • Reminder: Arts for Britain Campaign
    and Thunderclap (sign up before 4.30pm on 24 September
     further details included below
  • Google Hangout monthly meeting for all UK What Next? chapter Chairs or chapter reps to convene.
    Wednesday 16 September – Yvonne Murphy took part.
    Wednesday 14 October 1-2pm – Rhian Hutchins agreed to take part
    Wednesday 11 November 1-2pm – Rebecca Gould agreed to take part

Volunteer still needed for Wednesday 9 December 1-2pm

  •  ‘Manifesto asks’ document

  • Heledd Fychan to update on:
    Welsh Museums Festival (24 October to 1 November)

  • Steve Blandford to update on:
    What Next? Cardiff’s response to the two BBC consultations  
  • Caitriona Noonan to update on:
    Survey on diversity in the arts, culture and creative industries – further details included below
  1. Future What Next? meetings

    Speakers and topics for discussion at future meetings:

  • 30 September
    New speaker to be suggested/confirmed (due to unforeseen circumstances, Fern Smith from Culture Shift  no longer able to attend on 30 September, Lyndsey Halliday to follow up and confirm alternative meeting date with Fern)
  • 7 October
    Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru CONFIRMED

    AND Gareth Jones from Welsh ICE, he also runs the CDF, Cardiff’s most recent listings newspaper. CONFIRMED

  • 14 October
    Simon Dancey, Global Director, Cultural Skills, British Council CONFIRMED CHAIR (as Rebecca Gould unable to attend)If anyone would like to speak, please let us know.
  • 21 October
    Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Wales Office CONFIRMED
    AND Lisa Matthews, Arts Council of Wales to update on Get Creative in Wales, suggested date

    Suggestions from previous meetings: 

  • 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.
  • For reference for future notes

    What Next? future host venues

  • 21 October to 25 November, Sherman Cymru
  • 2 December to 16 December, Creative Economy Unit, Cardiff University
  • 6 January – 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

     Meeting ends 

Further information

Survey launched by colleagues in Goldsmiths trying to capture diversity in the arts, culture and creative industries – (agenda item)

“Do you work in the arts, culture or creative industries in the UK, in any capacity? If so, this is your chance to contribute to a major survey into diversity, the results of which will give a better understanding of the creatives at work in this country – and whether more needs to be done to include marginal voices.

We’re hoping to build up a picture of what working life looks like: what jobs people do, how much they get paid and what the main issues affecting cultural work are, including a chance for you to voice your opinions in detail. We’d be delighted if you’d take some time, no more than 10 minutes, to tell us your experiences and thoughts.

The information provided by you in this questionnaire will only be accessible by the research team, who are academics from the University of Sheffield, Goldsmiths, and the LSE. It will not be used in a manner which would allow identification of your individual responses, and it will be stored securely by Goldsmiths.

We’ll be publishing the findings as part of Panic! in November 2015, a Create project which will involve 10 days of events in partnership with Goldsmiths, the Barbican and British Art Show 8. If you’d like more information about the project see the website, or contact info@createlondon.org .”

As a reminder:

Message from Rosie, Lizzie and Joe for What Next?…

Arts for Britain


In the next couple of weeks the government will make financial decisions for the next 4 years as part of the Spending Review. We have been talking with many of you and your colleagues about how to make the best possible case for arts and culture. Time is of the essence and we need to act now to have any impact. 

All advice suggests that our best approach is to contact MPs directly to make an informed case as to why culture is important locally and nationally. It is particularly important that we target the new intake, influential conservatives and backbenchers – but its our aim for every MP in the country to be contacted at least once.

To support us all in making this happen we have put together a range of supporting materials around a campaign: Arts For Britain (#Arts4Britain).

There are 3 things you can do today:

  1. Write to your MP
  2. Collect 4 key stats about your organisation to either build your own infographic using the template or ask us to create it for you
  3. Join the social media campaign #Arts4Britain and sign up to Thunderclap

Please forward this onto your staff and contacts to get everyone involved. 

For full details of what we are asking you to do, please read the ‘How to’ guide attached.

For key arguments, stats and a one minute elevator pitch, please read the Spending Round Engagement Strategy.

We are offering organisations some real life support in taking this forward. Joe Bond joe.bond235@googlemail.com is working with What Next? to help anyone do any of the above. He will be at the end of a phone (07546 776 290) if you need support contacting your MP, engaging local press, making an infographic or sourcing statistics. Joe will be ringing round colleagues in the next few weeks – so please don’t be surprised if he calls and offers you a hand.

This is urgent – we have only a few weeks now to make a difference.

Please contact us if you have any thoughts or inspiration.

Rosie, Lizzie and Joe for What Next?

Get Creative news – agreement with WOW24/7 – sign up now!

  • The BBC have signed an agreement with WOW24/7 to host the Get Creative searchable activity finder and it is currently being tested. Any activity or event deemed Get Creative in spirit (participatory, engaging, free or cost-recovery) can be uploaded. Once there are enough activities and events, there will be a link added through from the Get Creative homepage so that the public can search for what’s on near them.
  • The link has been circulated to the almost 1000 Get Creative Champions signed up but we wanted to double check that you have the link and information.
    You do need to be a Get Creative Championbefore you can upload events. 
  • It will take you 4 minutes to register and upload an eventand it automatically sends information about your Get Creative events through to local news listingsSign-up here to WOW24/7 listings engine Line-Up and get started. You can enter as many events as you like (the more the better!).
  • Please note it is a live environment, so only enter information that you’re happy to go live on WOW24/7 and syndicated to its partner websites as per the terms and conditions.

The Culture Diary has relaunched with significant improvements for users. 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
Eyes Wide Open Launch
Friday, 25 September 2015 from 18:00 to 20:00, Cardiff

No Boundaries Conference
29/30 September, Watershed Bristol or HOME Manchester

Art and The Charter
6 October, Chapter, Cardiff

Inspiring Curiosity Conference
21/22 October, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Landmarks Conference

8/9 October. Llangollen Pavilion 

Below information is from Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales:

Details of our Landmarks conference 2015 are now available on our website including booking details and sponsorship opportunities.

Landmarks is the Design Commission for Wales’ autumn 2015 conference and exhibition which will explore the relationship between the natural resources of the Welsh landscape and human intervention, informing and inspiring a future for design in the landscape.

The two day event includes a film night and canal boat trip, along with an international line up of speakers, chaired by Sarah Dickins of BBC Wales.

The accompanying exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre will run from 25 September until January 2016 and features the work of several young designers from Wales, and we are currently editing and translating the Landmarks publication.

The link above will take you to the full programme, and you will also find sponsor opportunities.

Tickets: Early bird (until 10 September 2015) £225 / Standard £275/ DCFW Commissioner, Panellist or Hatch member £190 / Student £150

There are also exhibition stands/stalls available which include two delegate places. We welcome creative use of the stands to promote, sell and communicate landscape-related produce and ideas.

We’d love to see you there and please feel free to share the details with your networks.

Please contact Amanda Spence at Design Commission for Wales if you have any queries amanda.spence@dcfw.org

Kind regards

Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales

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? 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 14 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 biscuits 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 walk

Car 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)