When:             Wednesday 5 April 2017, 8.30am – 9.30am

Chair:              Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, British Council Wales

Host:                British Council Wales

Where:            British Council Wales, floor 2, 1 Kingsway, CF10 3AQ



  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Guest speaker: John Rostron, Sŵn/Barod/Association of Independent Festivals et al, talking about Cardiff’s live music economy – its current challenges and successes.
  1. Updates since last meeting / discussion to include
  • BBC Get Creative call for submissions
  • The Grid updates and call for pledges
  • Call for other organisations to host What Next? post May
  • REMINDER! Wales International Documentary Festival’s Equality and Diversity Day, Thursday 6 April, Blackwood Miners Institute. Register here to attend
  • Future What Next? speakers/topics. Suggestions welcome!
    • Confirmed: 10 May, Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner
    • Suggestion: Bethan Jenkins AM – in her role as chair of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
    • Suggestion: Eluned Morgan AM – chair of the Arts and Health Cross Party Group
    • Suggestion: Carl Sargeant – Cab Sec for Communities and Children
  1. Any other business
  1. Networking until 10:00




Useful links:

Ken Skates’ Statement for Culture http://gov.wales/docs/drah/publications/161213-a-vision-forculture-in-wales-en.pdf

Save the date

Future What Next? Meetings

Call for other organisations to host future meetings past May

  • 29 March – 10 May (inc Easter break), British Council
  • 17 May -14 June, Cardiff Metropolitan School of Art and Design
  • 21 June – 26 July, TBC
  • No meetings in August
  • 6 September – 11 October, TBC:
  • 18 October – 22 November, Wales National Opera
  • 29 November – 20 December, TBC

Possible hosts: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Chapter, Cardiff University, Riverfront (Newport Live).

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? website and social media

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.


 Venue information

 The British Council will be hosting What Next? for the period 29 March – 10 May 2017.

 Venue address: British Council, level two, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AQ (indicated in red on this map)

 Contact: British Council in Wales; Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, 07971 155505  Rebecca.Gould@britishcouncil.org and Rosa Bickerton, Arts Officer, 07735559752, rosa.bickerton@britishcouncil.org