What Next? Cardiff

When: Wednesday 30 September 2015, 8.30am – 9.30am
Where: British Council Wales, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AQ
Chair: Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts for the British Council in Wales


  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Updates since last meeting / discussion to include;
  • Google Hangout monthly meeting for UK What Next? chapter Chairs or chapter reps to convene.
    Wednesday 14 October 1-2pm: Rhian Hutchins and Melaneia Warwick
    Wednesday 11 November 1-2pm: Rebecca Gould
    Volunteer still needed for Wednesday 9 December, 1-2pm
  • **Optional** – working group to update on: ‘Manifesto asks’ document 
  • **Optional** – working group to update on: What Next? Cardiff’s response to the two BBC consultations 
  • Samuel Murray/Sara Pepper to talk about: Creative Cardiff, a new city wide network for the Creative Economy
  1. Future What Next? meetings

Speakers and topics for discussion at future meetings:

  • 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)
    Lisa Matthews, Arts Council of Wales to update on Get Creative in Wales –  DATE TO BE SUGGESTED

    Sherman Cymru tenure…

  • 21 October
    Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Wales Office CONFIRMED
  • 28 October Neil Woollard, Head of Local Engagement – DATE TO BE CONFIRMED  (Neil  available this date, Sherman Cymru to confirm whether this date is suitable)  – see below for further information
  • 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

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.

Any new speaker suggestions welcome. 

What Next? future host venues 

  • 21 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

 Further information…

As a reminder…

Arts for Britain

#Arts4Britain @whatnextculture

Supporting materials around a campaign are here: Arts For Britain

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

 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.

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Upcoming events

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

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

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 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)