What Next? Cardiff


When: Wednesday 2 December, 8.30am-9.30am

Host: Creative Economy team, Cardiff University

Where: Room 0.05, Bute Building, Cardiff University, CF10 3NB (Room 0.05 is to the left and down the stairs when you walk into the building).

Chair: Alice Taylor

The main doors will be open from 8.00am. Unfortunately the café isn’t open at this time, but there is a vending machine selling hot drinks.

This will be the meeting space for What Next? Cardiff until the end of the year (2nd, 9th, 16th December).

There is bike parking next to the building and car parking (paid for) in front of the building. Bus stop also opposite Bute Building. More info re: access, transport, catering and coffee facilities etc:


  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Updates since last meeting
  • What Next? Away Day – 1 December
  1. Get Creative Day – 2nd April. Continue the discussion about how we can encourage activity in Wales. Further information from Hannah Lambert about #mycreativehour attached in ‘supporting information’ – for further discussion.
  1. Future What Next? Meetings. Planning ahead for activity in 2016. Which speakers should we invite? Themes to discuss? Activity around Welsh Assembly elections. Support and development of other What Next? chapters in Wales.

Potential future topics for discussion

  • Setting-up a Cardiff Family Arts Network (suggested by Chris Ricketts)
  • 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.
  • Crowdsourced (Ceri Black tc)

Potential future speakers

  • Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Wales Office TO BE RESCHEDULED
  • Amelia Womack, Green Party Deputy – DATE TBC
  • Neil Hanratty, the Director of Economic Development SUGGESTION (Michael Garvey has contacted)
  • Kath Richards and Heather Brown SUGGESTION
  • Cath Richards, Cardiff Council SUGGESTION
  • Paul Orders, Chief Exec SUGGESTION
  • Cllr Pete Bradbury SUGGESTION
  • Amanda Spence, Design Advisor at the Design Commission for Wales SUGGESTION

Cardiff School of Art and Design future speakers

  • 20 January – Claudia Castro, a recently graduated International Clore Fellow from Brazil – CONFIRMED

New speaker suggestions welcome – please email creativecardiff@cardiff.ac.uk

  1. Any Other Business


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

Please note: We want everyone to feel free to ask questions and share their thoughts at What Next? meetings without worrying that they’ll be quoted elsewhere or out of context. It’s generally accepted that no-one reports on the meetings, tweets anything personal or identifiable, or shares any content without checking first with the contributor.

What Next? Future Host Venues 

6 January to 10 February – Cardiff School of Art and Design

Cardiff University have offered use of their rooms if anyone would like to chair/co-ordinate meetings, but doesn’t have the space to host meetings.

Supporting Information

Get Creative

The following information on Get Creative (#mycreativehour and website) has been sent to What Next? Cardiff via; Hannah Lambert – Get Creative Campaign – What Next? Project Manager

Get Creative Day #mycreativehour

On Saturday 2nd April 2016, we will celebrate a year of Get Creative, a year of everyday artists and citizen crafts, a year of shining a light on the millions of people who love to get creative every day.

The week before, on Sunday 27th March, the clocks spring forward and people across the UK will have an extra hour of light in their days. What will you do with that hour of light? What might you do with a week of light, bright hours?

Get Creative invites all its Champions and the public to use the extra hours of light to do something creative in that week – write a short story, learn a new piece of music, hold a free taster session or master-class, dance an hour a day, throw open your rehearsals or studios and invite someone new, direct a one act play, design a wedding dress, build a set, invent an artwork. Whether you’re an individual or an organisation, everyone is invited to take part. Do it for an hour a day all week, or just find an hour on the 2nd April – get creative with your hour of light.

Show us what you create, design, do and make by using the hashtag #mycreativehour and we’ll showcase as many of your creations as possible on the Get Creative website.

Let’s celebrate the nation’s creative heartbeat and a year of Get Creative – #mycreativehour

Get Creative website

To recap, the website is regularly receiving 20k visitors a week and has surpassed well over 1 million page views since its launch. It’s continuing to develop audiences and we are committed to diversifying content and contributors. It is very likely that GC will continue on past GC Day on 2nd April.

To work editorially on the website, stories need to hang off something unusual, useful and interesting. So rather than just emailing in to notify the GC team of a free event or workshop, it really comes alive when we can pick something out of the story and run with that instead, referencing the event or link at the end.

For example:

Fun Palace in Stoke – the story is all about uncovering the newly discovered Minton tiles hidden in the venue’s basement


Fun Palace at the London Met Archives – their event was themed around microscopic art so the GC piece looks at the history of that type of art with lots of lovely pictures to draw the reader in


A lovely Heritage Open Days story about the last remaining seaside orchestra in the UK – Scarborough Spa Orchestra,


A fun article about the Wurlitzer organ from the Royalty cinema in Cumbria, including ‘Five things you didn’t know about the Wurlitzer’


A piece about Hastings pier and ‘pier culture’ including a playlist put together by music historians of music from the past 50 decades at the pier


We have found editorial pieces that are accessible and curious as well as informative work really well. If there is an easy way in to a subject or art-form, such as top-tips / masterclasses to playing the guitar or starting a painting, it’s a great way to talk about a creative project or event to a wide (and increasing!) audience via the GC website.

I’d be really happy to be contacted by any of your Cardiff chapter if they have any thoughts they want to run past me. We’d love to get some more Welsh content up on the website. Please remember that organisations do need to sign up as GC Champions in order to contribute and that GC events need to be either free or cost-recoverable in order to comply with BBC guidelines.

To get in touch with Hannah: hlambert.projects@gmail.com / @HannahMLambert


Get Creative Research Project

Dr. Jonathan Gross – Get Creative Research Project focus group: Jonathan Gross is a member of the Get Creative Research Project team at King’s College London. The team at King’s is evaluating the campaign and undertaking a broader piece of research investigating the conditions that motivate, enable and constrain everyday creativity. As part of this work, Jonathan and members of the team are conducting focus groups with What Next? chapters in 8 regions of the UK. On Wednesday he will talk with the Cardiff chapter about experiences and impressions of the Get Creative campaign. And, more broadly, discuss how each of your organisations works to facilitate everyday creativity. If any of the What Next? members would like to keep in touch in regards to the research, further information about the research can be found at the project blog: https://getcreativeresearch.wordpress.com/ or members are welcome to contact Dr. Jonathan Gross directly: jonathan.gross@kcl.ac.uk

Upcoming Events

Thur 10 Dec – FabLab Festive workshop, 5-8pm (drop in)

Drop in at any time to make your own decoration for the festive season and enjoy a glass of mulled wine with a minced pie!


 Wed 16 December Creative Cardiff Christmas party, 7:30-11:30pm

Creative Cardiff & Chapter host a Christmas party for Cardiff’s creative community.

We’ll have music, performers and a few suprises up our sleeves.

Come and meet some new people to collaborate with in 2016!

£10 (Ticket price includes a glass of mulled wine and a hot buffet)