What Next? Cardiff


When: Wednesday 28 October 2015, 8.30am-9.30am
Where: Meeting Room, The Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cathays CF24 4YE
Chair: Julia Barry, Head of Marketing and Customer Relations

The main doors will be open from 8.15am and the café bar will be open selling tea / coffee / croissants.  There will be signs directing you from the foyer and a member of staff will be available should you need any assistance.
(NB: further info at bottom of agenda)

  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Updates since last meeting 
  • New What Next? Website
  • BBC Get Creative
    • Get Creative Campaign – What Next? Cardiff Focus Group with researcher Dr. Jonathan Gross, Culture, Media and Creative Industries
  • Google Hangout Update (11 November 2015 – Rebecca Gould tbc)
  • #LoveTheatreDay (18 November 2015) – see below for further information
  • Chapter Away Day (1 December 2015)
  • Planning a Hustings
  • What Next? Administrations
  1. Guest Speakers:
  • Neil Woollard, Head of Local Engagement, Tidal Lagoon Power
  • Sian Tomos, Arts Council of Wales, Future Generations Act

See below for further information

  1. Future What Next? Meetings
  • 04 November – 8.30am Sherman Theatre
  • 11 November – 8.30am Sherman Theatre
  • 18 November – 8.30am Sherman Theatre
  • 25 November – 8.30am Sherman Theatre

Potential future topics for discussion

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

Potential future speakers

  • Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Wales Office TO BE RESCHEDULED
  • Ruth Cayford & David Baxter, St David’s Hall – DATE TBC
  • 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
  • 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 sherman5admin@shermancymru.co.uk

  1. Any Other Business


Speaker information

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.

Sian Tomos

Sian Tomos is the Director of Enterprise and Regeneration for the Arts Council of Wales. The role involves balancing the artistic aims of the sector with the need to be resilient, innovative and collaborative – particularly around business models, skills and training and entrepreneurship.

She also plays a wider role in the Arts Council of Wales senior management team and is the strategic lead for local government and sustainable development.
Find out More

Please see supporting documents

  • Statutory Guidance for the well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015
  • Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 – The Essentials

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 Sherman Theatre will be hosting What Next? Cardiff between 28 Oct – 25 Nov 2015

Getting Here
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Address: The Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4YE
The main doors will be open from 8.15am and the café bar will be open selling tea / coffee / croissants.  There will be signs from the foyer and a member of staff will be available to signpost you to the meeting room should you need assistance.

Public Transport: The Sherman Theatre is a venue based in Cathays, Cardiff which is easily reached on footbicycle or public transport.

Parking: There is street parking available on Senghennydd Road which is operated by Cardiff Council. Fees start from £1.70 for one hour.

Access: The main entrance at Senghennydd Road has level-access directly into the foyer. We have two sets of assisted doors.There is a drop-off point directly outside with a dropped kerb leading to the main entrance. Sherman Cymru building is fully accessible to the public and has lifts, access toilets and all levels are accessible by wheelchair users.

Julia Barry Head of Marketing and Customer Relations julia.barry@shermancymru.co.uk
For agenda enquiries, please contact: sherman5admin@shermancymru.co.uk

What Next? Future Host Venues

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.

Supporting Information


#LoveTheatreDay will be running again this year on 18th November. There’s more information and a sign-up form available here (sign up and they’ll send you an information pack later in October).

They’d like the emphasis to also be on amateurs, so please get those great stories from your professionals on how and why they started.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. You can follow them on Twitter @LoveTheatreDay  or follow @CultureThemes@TwitterUK and @GdnCulturePros.


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Sherman Cymru is delighted to announce that it received the UK Theatre Award for Best New Play on Sunday 18 October.  Gary Owen’s play Iphigenia in Splott, directed by Rachel O’Riordan has been widely praised by audiences and critics alike since its opening on May 8t 2015.

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Llandudno Museum awarded £120,000. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the funding to Llandudno Museum, with a view to granting a further £862,000. Roy Haley, of Llandudno Museum, said the funding would help to produce “a revitalised, engaging and modern experience”. “We still have to raise more funds to complete the project, but the practical advice and financial support of HLF is a massive help to the museum”.

As a reminder…

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Upcoming Events

 1 Oct – 31 Oct 2015 Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography Find out More Including the Cardiff Pride of Place Project, the Abacus.

24 Oct – 1 NovWelsh Museums Festival Find out More
Museums across Wales are getting ready to celebrate and promote Wales’ outstanding cultural offer at the second Welsh Museums Festival from 24 October – 1 November. Over 100 events and exhibitions will be on offer for the whole family from sleepovers, talks, walks, hunts and handling sessions to archaeologist digs, re-enactments, dressing up, tea parties and Halloween themed activities.