Wednesday 27 May 2015, 8.30am-9.30am

National Theatre Wales (NB: further info at bottom of agenda)

Chair: Michelle Carwardine-Palmer

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 #wn2015 #wnculture
UK: and #wn2014 #wnculture

1.       Welcome and Introductions
2.       Updates:

3.       Research and Evidence: recap of discussion held last week and updates from Sub-groups:

  • Partnering with IWA on research project: Kerry
  • Gathering existing statistics:  Rhian, Melanie, Ruth, Katrina
  • Options for a longitudinal study around The Arts in Five Years: Andy

4.       Parties and Policies:

  • Follow up from Ken Skates visit, further correspondence with his office
  •  Other Party Policies: Update from the working group (Kerry, Catrin R, Yvonne & Becky) on invitations to Welsh Party culture representatives in the lead up to the Assembly election.

5.       Update on Capital of Culture bid: inviting local authority culture representatives to meeting. Investigate who and how to invite them (Caerphilly – Ruth, Bridgend –Yvonne, Cardiff – Dave Baxter, Newport – Ruth, Merthyr – NTW(?), RCT – Anne).
6.       BBC /ACW: Aled Rowlands and Lisa Matthews present on ACW and BBC partnership (20mins)
7.       AOB


  • BBC NOW 8 July – 29 July

** August break **

  • WNO 9 Sept – 14 Oct
  • Sherman Cymru 21 Oct – 25 Nov
  • Creative Economy, Cardiff University 2 Dec – 16 Dec

Information on venue:
National Theatre Wales will be hosting What Next? through to the 1st July.
Address: 30 Castle Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BW. The arcade is accessible via St Mary and  Castle Streets. Please head straight up the stairs upon arrival.
There is ample bicycle parking on Castle Street, right opposite the entrance to the castle, outside the Welsh Crafts shop.
It is approximately a brisk 5-minute walk from Cardiff Central Station.
The closest car park is Cardiff Westgate Street ( – a 1-2 hour tariff is £6.50.
We also have a range of bicycles for use by staff and friends of NTW. If it would help you to borrow a bike for travel to and from What Next? please just speak to Michaela or Michelle.
Refreshments will not be provided, however Torre Coffee, at 3 Castle Street (one door down from the arcade towards St Mary’s Street) opens at 8am.
(In true NTW style there may occasionally be CAKE).

Upcoming events:

  • The Wales We Want: Preparations for the forthcoming Well-being of Future Generations (WFG) Act (1-28 May)

 Further Reading

  • NEW!  We have recently welcomed Hannah from Film Hub Wales to What Next? For more information about Film Hub Wales, their objectives, membership and partnership support opportunities, view their info booklet here.
  • Creative Learning Through the Arts plan :

 From Welsh Government

–          The plan:

–          The timeline:

–          Statement:

–          And here:

 From Arts Council of Wales

–          Press release/ statement:

–          Microsite:

–          FAQ:

  • Donaldson curriculum review

·         The full report, Successful Futures, is here: schoolshome/curriculuminwales/curriculum-for-wales/?lang=en

·         The WG statement in response is here:

·         Great Debate info is here:

·         One response, by Earlyarts, is here:

·         Estyn report: Best practice in the creative arts at key stage 2. This report is written in response to a request for advice from the Welsh Government in the Minister’s annual remit letter to Estyn for 2013-2014. It is partly as a result of Professor Dai Smith’s report ‘Arts in Education in the Schools of Wales’ (September 2013):