When: Wednesday 16 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: Lisa Matthews, 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. European Referendum



     3. Results of the Visual mapping exercise – Chris Glynn, Illustration Lecturer,

       Cardiff  Metropolitan University



      4. Culture Hustings prior to Welsh Assembly Election 2016 on 4 April 2016 


      5. Future What Next? Meetings. 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.

      6. BBC ‘Get Creative’ – ‘Cer i Greu’


7. Any other business

Potential future topics for discussion

  • 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.


REMINDER: Please include your local councillors/Cardiff Council in your tweets about culture.


Potential future topics for discussion

  • 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

  • European Referendum
  • 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


  • 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


6 April to 11 May – Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL


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


29 June to 27 July – BBC NOW, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL.


The National Museum and Arts and Business Cymru has offered to host a series of meetings but need to confirm dates.



Upcoming Events

Full Council meeting

Cultural Conversation, Cardiff

3 March 2016 – by invite only


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

National Family Arts Symposium

Wednesday 18th May 2016: 10am – 4pm Yr Hen Lyfrgell – The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1BH

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

Supporting Information








An amazing turnout with hundreds of people gathering and marching (despite the weather). Pete Telfer made a six minute film which gives a great idea of what it was like.



This is still open till 25 Feb, to hand in at the full council mtg. Please still sign and share widely: We are over 5800 signatures now and it is rising again. Please can you tweet or facebook or linked-in it, send it in your newsletter, put it on your website/blog, email it out, and more?


FACEBOOK – still use, share, etc – now at more than 2000 page likes and increasing again



Get Creative

The following information on Get Creative (#mycreativehour and website) has been sent to What Next? Cardiff via; Hannah Lambert – Get Creative Campaign – What Next? Project Manager


Get Creative Day #mycreativehour


On Saturday 2nd April 2016, we will celebrate a year of Get Creative, a year of everyday artists and citizen crafts, a year of shining a light on the millions of people who love to get creative every day.


The week before, on Sunday 27th March, the clocks spring forward and people across the UK will have an extra hour of light in their days. What will you do with that hour of light? What might you do with a week of light, bright hours?


Get Creative invites all its Champions and the public to use the extra hours of light to do something creative in that week – write a short story, learn a new piece of music, hold a free taster session or master-class, dance an hour a day, throw open your rehearsals or studios and invite someone new, direct a one act play, design a wedding dress, build a set, invent an artwork. Whether you’re an individual or an organisation, everyone is invited to take part. Do it for an hour a day all week, or just find an hour on the 2nd April – get creative with your hour of light.


Show us what you create, design, do and make by using the hashtag #mycreativehour and we’ll showcase as many of your creations as possible on the Get Creative website.


Let’s celebrate the nation’s creative heartbeat and a year of Get Creative – #mycreativehour



Get Creative website


To recap, the website is regularly receiving 20k visitors a week and has surpassed well over 1 million page views since its launch. It’s continuing to develop audiences and we are committed to diversifying content and contributors. It is very likely that GC will continue on past GC Day on 2nd April.


To work editorially on the website, stories need to hang off something unusual, useful and interesting. So rather than just emailing in to notify the GC team of a free event or workshop, it really comes alive when we can pick something out of the story and run with that instead, referencing the event or link at the end.


We have found editorial pieces that are accessible and curious as well as informative work really well. If there is an easy way in to a subject or art-form, such as top-tips / masterclasses to playing the guitar or starting a painting, it’s a great way to talk about a creative project or event to a wide (and increasing!) audience via the GC website.


I’d be really happy to be contacted by any of your Cardiff chapter if they have any thoughts they want to run past me. We’d love to get some more Welsh content up on the website. Please remember that organisations do need to sign up as GC Champions in order to contribute and that GC events need to be either free or cost-recoverable in order to comply with BBC guidelines.


To get in touch with Hannah: / @HannahMLambert



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.