When: 8.30-9.30, Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Where: Michael Sheen Theatre, 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: Sarah Hughes, Director of Marketing and Communications


  1. Croeso a chyflwyniadau / Welcome and introductions
  2. Study art – don’t get a job? A discussion into current creative education. The Chief Inspector for Ofsted recently said “Art courses promote unrealistic career prospects to potential students”. As founder college for the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural in Wales, championing skilled and employable people for a sector that contributes more than £278m to the economy each day – this isn’t what we see. Join us to discuss what creative education looks like, the careers it leads to and what is happening to ensure this. Speakers include Sarah Hughes, Head of Skills Academy, Wales, Creative & Cultural Skills
  3. Info sharing between the group

Following last week’s discussion around ‘Forging Careers in the Creative Industries’, Nick Lord has asked that his contact details are shared with the group for anyone who would like to contact him about future collaborations and opportunities:


  1. 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.


  1. Future What Next Speakers/Topics:



30/1/19 – Growing investment in our Creative Capital

6/2/19 – Creative thinking: the role of art and culture in supporting positive health and wellbeing throughout our lives

13/2/19 – Growing diversity across the creative sector

  • 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).


  1. Any other business
    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