When: 8.30-9.30, Wednesday 13th February 2019

Where: The Boardroom, 4th Floor, Cardiff and Vale College, Dumballs Road, CF10 5BF

Getting There: Parking onsite is free, but limited on a first-come-first-served basis, and is usually full by 7.30am. There is ample on-street parking immediately outside the College and along the full length of Canal Parade, where standard rates will apply. Cardiff centre train station is a 5 min walk away at the bottom of Dumballs Road and is the easiest way to access the College via public transport. The College is passed by regular bus routes that stop on Dumballs Road. Cardiff Bay is a 10-15 minute walk away, where there are additional paid car parks and a local train stop. Bike racks are located at the front of the building, and an additional bike shed is located at the far corner behind the building, accessible from the car park barrier on Canal Parade.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, and pastries will be available for attendees.

Chair: Laura Drane, Laura H Drane Associates


1. Croeso a chyflwyniadau / Welcome and introductions

2. Cultural Cities Enquiry – Enriching UK Cities through Smart Investment in Culture

Core Cities recently published the Cultural Cities Enquiry, a report which includes recommended steps cities should take to grow cultural investment, and social development across the UK. The report is broken down into four main categories of development: leadership, investment, talent and place. We invite you as leaders, and invested parties in the cultural scene in Cardiff to discuss how this plan could be implemented within the city.

3. Info sharing between the group

 Following feedback at the end of last year, two new funding pots are on offer to strengthen core capacity for WN? Chapters. These are:

A £6,000 Capacity Building Fund to support specific local activity in What Next? Chapters. 


A £2,000 Travel Fund to enable What Next? Chapter Chairs to visit each other’s chapters and support travel costs of speakers to visit their chapters.

These funds will be reviewed after the first year, to iterate the design based on need.

The deadline for applications for round one of the Capacity Building Fund is 25 March 2019 (the travel fund is a rolling fund and therefore has no deadline).


4. Forthcoming events & opportunities

  • The Young Vic WN? website has lots of useful info and links that are relevant to Wales and UK wide cultural conversations that support our work in Wales. To register for updates please go to https://www.whatnextculture.co.uk/chapters/young-vic/
  • Rawffest still has opportunities available for young people to participate in their festival taking place at WMC, 25.4.19-28.4.19. More info can be found at rawffest.wales/
  • ACW Lottery Fund Consultation paper – To respond to the consultation use the Word doc here (can be filled in and emailed to yourvoice@arts.wales) or the whole thing is ‘readable and respondable’ online here. There are 12 sections but not all require filling in. It is vital that as many people as possible respond to the consultation and consider not just how it will impact each individual and their work but how lottery funding will be impacted for Wales for the next five years.

For further information please speak to Laura Drane.

  • CULT Cymru is running a range of highly discounted workshops for creatives until end of March 2019 – including Mental Health First Aid, Freelancing for Creatives, Recognising your Management Style, Coaching and Mentoring, with more to be added. Eng: https://bit.ly/1di5opm Cym: https://bit.ly/297Cdgj
  • Arts Council Wales has released the dates for this year’s Get Creative festival, which will be taking place from 11-19 May. This was a festival initiated by What Next? to celebrate everyday creativity and provide people with the opportunity to ‘have a go’.
  • Rivca Rubin and Emma Haughton are offering places on two-day training course ‘The Refinery’ at a reduced rate until 1st The training takes place from 5th-6th April and is designed to refine your skills in working with groups and teams. Click here for more info.

5. Any other business

  • In November 2018, the office of the Future Generations Commissioner published a ‘set of changes’ that public bodies can make to improve wellbeing. The Commissioner’s office have now developed ‘journey checkers’ that will guide public bodies as they make these changes to deliver the ambitions of the Future Generations Act.

The office are now looking to work with public bodies to understand how these changes are being implemented in the workplace, and what impact they are having.

The office invite your views and feedback using the short survey below. Please complete this survey by February 15th: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3YNLNZK

To view a draft journey checker please click here.


6. Future What Next Speakers/Topics:


What Next? is on the move again from 20/2/19 to Chapter Arts Centre for the next 6 weeks.

  • Tracey McNulty, Swansea Council – learnings from the Capital of Culture bid
  • Suggestion: Creative Industries Federation (Angie Dutton to approach)
  • Suggestion: OECD Evaluation
  • Suggestion: Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales re Future Generations framework
  • Suggestion: Creative Wales, Chair (once appointed)
  • Suggestion: Creative Society
  • Suggestion: Sharon Heal, Director of the Museums Association is happy to attend a future What Next? meeting, to discuss the journey the MA has made to more equitable policies and practices across the four nations
  • Suggestion: Update on Music City and Culture Strategy Work (December).

7. Future meeting hosts
9/1/19 – 13/2/19 Cardiff and Vale College
• 20/2/19 – 27/3/19 Chapter (27/3 or 3/4 St Fagans tbc)
• 3/4/19 – 8/5/19 Ffotogallery 29 Castle St/ Angel Hotel
• 15/5/19 – 19/6/18 British Council Wales
• 26/6/19 – 31/7/18 G39