When: Wednesday 9 March 2016, 8.30am – 9.30am


Host: Arts Council of Wales/ Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru


Where: The Boardroom, Arts Council of Wales, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL Tel: 02920 441 348,-3.1633736,366m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x486e0336e3d8b481:0xc036cf2907d7d328!2sArts+Council+Of+Wales!3m1!1s0x486e0336e3d8b481:0xc036cf2907d7d328!6m1!1e1?hl=en


Chair: Nick Capaldi, Chair, Arts Council of Wales.


Reception will be open from 8.00am. The Arts Council of Wales will be the meeting venue for What Next? Cardiff until Wednesday 23 March 2016.


There are bike racks/stands available for use near the stage entrance of the Wales Millennium Centre. There nearest Car Park is located on Pierhead Street


1. Welcome and introductions

2. Outcome of the Culture Conversation Meeting on 3 March 2016.

3. Chris Ricketts, Fieldwork will be speaking on the Family Arts Network

4. House Keeping: Future Speakers and Venues 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. Future venues (see below for notes

5. BBC ‘Get Creative’ – ‘Cer i Greu’ update

6. Any other business


Potential future topics for discussion

  • Cardiff City Region: how to get arts/culture represented at Board level (Who to lead on this?)
  • Equality, Diversity and Social Justice: Time for Positive Action (on Google drive) – speech from Kerry Michael at NitroBEAT (who to speak and who to invite)
  • 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. (who to do this?)


Potential future speakers

  • Results of the Visual mapping exercise – Chris Glynn, Illustration Lecturer, Cardiff Metropolitan University SCHEDULED for 16 March
  • European Referendum – Zelie Flach, Wales Arts International
  • SCHEDULED for 16 March
  • Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales ‘Making the case to Government’ SCHEDULED for 23 March
  • Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Wales Office TO BE SCHEDULED
  • Kath Richards, Cardiff Council AGREED TO SPEAK. DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
  • Paul Orders, Chief Executive SUGGESTION
  • Cllr Pete Bradbury SUGGESTION
  • Amanda Spence, Design Advisor at the Design Commission for Wales SUGGESTION
  • Welsh Government speaker to talk about its International Engagement Strategy. Arts Council to follow up.
  • John Kampfner , Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation THURSDAY 26 MAY – EVENT DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED – AT CSAD IN THE EARLY EVENING
  • Catrin Pascoe, new editor of the Western Mail
  • Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner.
  • Brian Meakin BBC, Cardiff Book Festival
  • Nikki Morgan, WAI


New speaker suggestions welcome – please email


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):  

What Next? UK movement website:

What Next? Twitter:

Cardiff:  or @WNCardiff and #wnculture

UK:  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


17 February to 23 March – Arts Council of Wales, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL


30 March to 11 May NEED HOST. Is there an Easter break?



18 May to 16 June – Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Western Avenue CF5 1YB


The National Museum, BBC NOW, Wales Millennium Centre, Arts and Business Cymru has offered to host a series of meetings but need to confirm dates.


A call went out on 3 February to venues in Cardiff on the What Next? emailing list asking if they could host future meetings.


Upcoming Events


Full Council meeting


Mon 4 April 2016 – early evening at National Museum. Menna Richards will chair.

Cultural Conversation, Cardiff

3 March 2016 – by invite only

Cardiff School of Art & Design Summer Show

Saturday 21 May to Friday 27 May 2016. PV – Friday 20 May 2016, time tba.

Family Arts Festival, Cardiff

October 2016

Culture Hustings prior to Welsh Assembly Election 2016

This event is being coordinated by What Next? Cardiff but will cover issues relevant to the whole of Wales.


This May, the Welsh electorate will cast their votes in the Welsh Assembly Election. With the Assembly determining the Wales-wide budget for the creative industry, arts, culture and heritage, this hustings gives those who are interested in these areas the opportunity to find out more about the culture policies offered by the main political parties.


Representatives from all of the main Welsh political parties were invited to participate in this debate, which will be chaired by Menna Richards . The following speakers have confirmed attendance:

  • Ken Skates – Deputy Minister for Culture, Tourism & Sport – Welsh Labour – TBC
  • Suzy Davies – Shadow Welsh Culture Minister – Welsh Conservatives
  • Bethan Jenkins – Broadcasting, Sport, Culture and Heritage Spokesperson – Plaid Cymru-The Party of Wales
  • Amelia Womack – Deputy Leader – Green Party
  • Denis Campbell – Welsh Liberal Democrats
  • A Representative from UKIP


There will also be an opportunity for the Chair to field questions from the audience, and these will be collected in advance to ensure that a wide range and breadth of topics are covered.

Our Chair – Menna Richards

Menna Richards’ career in broadcasting started in radio and television journalism at the BBC.

She was Managing Director HTV Wales for three years before moving back to BBC Wales as Controller, a job she did for eleven years. Under her leadership BBC Wales gained a reputation as a centre for excellence in television drama producing some of British television’s most successful series including Doctor Who, Sherlock, Torchwood, Casualty and Upstairs Downstairs, leading to the creation of BBC Wales’ drama centre in Cardiff Bay.


Since leaving the BBC in 2011 Menna has been involved with some of Wales’ most successful companies as a non-executive director of Welsh National Opera; Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water and the Principality Building Society. She is Chair of the ALOUD charity and a Vice-President of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she is a former Chair of Governors.