Agenda- 30 September

What Next? Cardiff

When: Wednesday 30 September 2015, 8.30am – 9.30am
Where: British Council Wales, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AQ
Chair: Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts for the British Council in Wales

Agenda
 

  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Updates since last meeting / discussion to include;
  • Google Hangout monthly meeting for UK What Next? chapter Chairs or chapter reps to convene.
    Wednesday 14 October 1-2pm: Rhian Hutchins and Melaneia Warwick
    Wednesday 11 November 1-2pm: Rebecca Gould
    Volunteer still needed for Wednesday 9 December, 1-2pm
  • **Optional** – working group to update on: ‘Manifesto asks’ document 
  • **Optional** – working group to update on: What Next? Cardiff’s response to the two BBC consultations 
  • Samuel Murray/Sara Pepper to talk about: Creative Cardiff, a new city wide network for the Creative Economy
  1. Future What Next? meetings

Speakers and topics for discussion at future meetings:

  • 7 October
    Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru CONFIRMED
    AND Gareth Jones from Welsh ICE, he also runs the CDF, Cardiff’s most recent listings newspaper. CONFIRMED
  • 14 October
    Simon Dancey, Global Director, Cultural Skills, British Council CONFIRMED CHAIR (as Rebecca Gould unable to attend)
    Lisa Matthews, Arts Council of Wales to update on Get Creative in Wales –  DATE TO BE SUGGESTED

    Sherman Cymru tenure…

  • 21 October
    Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Wales Office CONFIRMED
  • 28 October Neil Woollard, Head of Local Engagement – DATE TO BE CONFIRMED  (Neil  available this date, Sherman Cymru to confirm whether this date is suitable)  – see below for further information
  • Date to be confirmed
    Amelia Womack, Green Party Deputy – SUGGESTION

Message from 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.

Cardiff School of Art and Design tenure…

  • 20 January
    Claudia Castro, a recently graduated International Clore Fellow from Brazil – CONFIRMED

Suggestions from previous meetings:

  • 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.

Any new speaker suggestions welcome. 

What Next? future host venues 

  • 21 October to 25 November, Sherman Cymru
  • 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.

  1. Any Other Business

 Further information…

As a reminder…

Arts for Britain

#Arts4Britain @whatnextculture

Supporting materials around a campaign are here: Arts For Britain

For key arguments, stats and a one minute elevator pitch, please read the Spending Round Engagement Strategy.

 Get Creative news – agreement with WOW24/7 – sign up now!

  • The BBC have signed an agreement with WOW24/7 to host the Get Creative searchable activity finder and it is currently being tested. Any activity or event deemed Get Creative in spirit (participatory, engaging, free or cost-recovery) can be uploaded. Once there are enough activities and events, there will be a link added through from the Get Creative homepage so that the public can search for what’s on near them.
  • The link has been circulated to the almost 1000 Get Creative Champions signed up but we wanted to double check that you have the link and information.
    You do need to be a Get Creative Championbefore you can upload events. 
  • It will take you 4 minutes to register and upload an eventand it automatically sends information about your Get Creative events through to local news listingsSign-up here to WOW24/7 listings engine Line-Up and get started. You can enter as many events as you like (the more the better!).
  • Please note it is a live environment, so only enter information that you’re happy to go live on WOW24/7 and syndicated to its partner websites as per the terms and conditions.

The Culture Diary is a free worldwide events calendar of private, media, industry and public events produced by over 4,000 UK organisations covering every art form. The Culture Diary is for any cultural organisation, from small independent organisations to major national institutions. It includes art, dance, design, museums, music, theatre, and much more. You need to register for access (All registrations are reviewed to keep data on the Diary private to members only.) www.theculturediary.com

Upcoming events

Art and The Charter
6 October, Chapter, Cardiff
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-and-the-charter-tickets-18130855878?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre

Inspiring Curiosity Conference

21/22 October, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/inspiring-curiosity-conference-thursday

 Landmarks Conference

8/9 October. Llangollen Pavilion 

Below information is from Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales:

Details of our Landmarks conference 2015 are now available on our website including booking details and sponsorship opportunities.

Landmarks is the Design Commission for Wales’ autumn 2015 conference and exhibition which will explore the relationship between the natural resources of the Welsh landscape and human intervention, informing and inspiring a future for design in the landscape.

The two day event includes a film night and canal boat trip, along with an international line up of speakers, chaired by Sarah Dickins of BBC Wales.

The accompanying exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre will run from 25 September until January 2016 and features the work of several young designers from Wales, and we are currently editing and translating the Landmarks publication.

The link above will take you to the full programme, and you will also find sponsor opportunities.

Tickets: Early bird (until 10 September 2015) £225 / Standard £275/ DCFW Commissioner, Panellist or Hatch member £190 / Student £150

There are also exhibition stands/stalls available which include two delegate places. We welcome creative use of the stands to promote, sell and communicate landscape-related produce and ideas.

We’d love to see you there and please feel free to share the details with your networks.

Please contact Amanda Spence at Design Commission for Wales if you have any queries amanda.spence@dcfw.org

Kind regards

Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales

Welsh Museums Festival
24 October – 1 November 2015

Below message from Heledd Fychan from Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales:   

After a successful first year, the Welsh Museums Festival returns in a few weeks. This time it will coincide with October half term, and also Museums at Night. There are two strands to the festival – one public facing in terms of encouraging people to visit their local museums, and the second an advocacy strand targeted at politicians. If you have been working in partnership or collaboratively with a Museum, there could be an opportunity for you to take part in the festival and also use for your own advocacy purposes.

Further information about the festival itself can be found here: http://museums.wales

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Heledd Fychan from Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales: heledd.fychan@amgueddfacymru.ac.uk

If you are able to help promote the festival on social media, it would be appreciated. The festival hashtags are #gwylamgueddfeydd and #welshmuseumsfest

There is also a thunderclap, please sign up by 24 October 9:30am: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/31977

Museums at Night
30 – 31 October 2015 / 11 – 14 May 2016
http://museumsatnight.org.uk/
Events in Wales

Cardiff Dance Festival
10 – 22 November
http://dance.wales/

Communicating our Culture Bilingually (Free workshop)
http://www.artscouncilofwales.org.uk/90804
Arts Council of Wales is offering arts organisations and practitioners in Wales a one day workshop to understand more about what it means to work bilingually, how to do so effectively and cost efficiently.
Thursday, 5 November, Mostyn, Llandudno
Tuesday, 17 November, Arad Goch, Aberystwyth
Thursday, 19 November, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

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): https://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 British Council will be hosting What Next? for the period 9 September to 14 October 2015.

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

Access: The building is called “One Kingsway” it’s accessible via the pedestrianised area just off Kingsway.
On arrival turn to the left to take the lift or stairs to level two (no need to report to security staff on arrival, though they’ll be happy to direct you if you’re unsure)

When you arrive on level two, the door to the British Council office is directly in front of the lift, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.

If you take the stairs, when you reach the level two exit, turn to the right until you reach the door to the British Council office, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.

Meeting room: the meeting will be held in room seven, you’ll be shown to the room on arrival.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, water and biscuits will be provided from 8:20am

Contact: British Council in Wales; Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, 07971 155505 ( Rebecca.Gould@britishcouncil.org ) and Lyndsey Halliday, Project and communication support officer, 07904 689109 ( lyndsey.halliday@britishcouncil.org )

Bicycle parking: There is ample bicycle parking on the pavement opposite the British Council office, just off Greyfriars road (some by the Slug and Lettuce and some by the Hilton hotel)

Train station: The nearest train station is Cardiff Queen Street, about an 8 minute brisk walk. Cardiff central station is about a 13 minute brisk walk

Car parking: There is on street parking for disabled badge holders only on Greyfriars place.

The most convenient car parking for non-disabled badge holders is on King Edward VII Avenue (near to Cardiff city hall) Parking for up to 2 hours is £2.80. The underpass near to the roundabout on King Edward VII Avenue brings you out next to the British Council office (One Kingsway)

Agenda – 23 September

What Next? Cardiff

When: Wednesday 23 September 2015, 8.30am – 9.30am
Where: British Council Wales, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AQ
Chair: Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, British Council in Wales

Agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Updates since last meeting / discussion
  • Reminder: Arts for Britain Campaign
    and Thunderclap (sign up before 4.30pm on 24 September
     further details included below
  • Google Hangout monthly meeting for all UK What Next? chapter Chairs or chapter reps to convene.
    Wednesday 16 September – Yvonne Murphy took part.
    Wednesday 14 October 1-2pm – Rhian Hutchins agreed to take part
    Wednesday 11 November 1-2pm – Rebecca Gould agreed to take part

Volunteer still needed for Wednesday 9 December 1-2pm

  •  ‘Manifesto asks’ document

  • Heledd Fychan to update on:
    Welsh Museums Festival (24 October to 1 November)

  • Steve Blandford to update on:
    What Next? Cardiff’s response to the two BBC consultations  
  • Caitriona Noonan to update on:
    Survey on diversity in the arts, culture and creative industries – further details included below
  1. Future What Next? meetings

    Speakers and topics for discussion at future meetings:

  • 30 September
    New speaker to be suggested/confirmed (due to unforeseen circumstances, Fern Smith from Culture Shift  no longer able to attend on 30 September, Lyndsey Halliday to follow up and confirm alternative meeting date with Fern)
  • 7 October
    Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru CONFIRMED

    AND Gareth Jones from Welsh ICE, he also runs the CDF, Cardiff’s most recent listings newspaper. CONFIRMED

  • 14 October
    Simon Dancey, Global Director, Cultural Skills, British Council CONFIRMED CHAIR (as Rebecca Gould unable to attend)If anyone would like to speak, please let us know.
  • 21 October
    Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Wales Office CONFIRMED
    AND Lisa Matthews, Arts Council of Wales to update on Get Creative in Wales, suggested date

    Suggestions from previous meetings: 

  • 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.
  • For reference for future notes

    What Next? future host venues

  • 21 October to 25 November, Sherman Cymru
  • 2 December to 16 December, Creative Economy Unit, Cardiff University
  • 6 January – 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.

  1. Any Other Business

     Meeting ends 

Further information

Survey launched by colleagues in Goldsmiths trying to capture diversity in the arts, culture and creative industries – (agenda item)
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/sep/21/panic-survey-diversity-arts-culture-creative-industries

“Do you work in the arts, culture or creative industries in the UK, in any capacity? If so, this is your chance to contribute to a major survey into diversity, the results of which will give a better understanding of the creatives at work in this country – and whether more needs to be done to include marginal voices.

We’re hoping to build up a picture of what working life looks like: what jobs people do, how much they get paid and what the main issues affecting cultural work are, including a chance for you to voice your opinions in detail. We’d be delighted if you’d take some time, no more than 10 minutes, to tell us your experiences and thoughts.

The information provided by you in this questionnaire will only be accessible by the research team, who are academics from the University of Sheffield, Goldsmiths, and the LSE. It will not be used in a manner which would allow identification of your individual responses, and it will be stored securely by Goldsmiths.

We’ll be publishing the findings as part of Panic! in November 2015, a Create project which will involve 10 days of events in partnership with Goldsmiths, the Barbican and British Art Show 8. If you’d like more information about the project see the website, or contact info@createlondon.org .”

As a reminder:

Message from Rosie, Lizzie and Joe for What Next?…

Arts for Britain

#Arts4Britain
@whatnextculture

In the next couple of weeks the government will make financial decisions for the next 4 years as part of the Spending Review. We have been talking with many of you and your colleagues about how to make the best possible case for arts and culture. Time is of the essence and we need to act now to have any impact. 

All advice suggests that our best approach is to contact MPs directly to make an informed case as to why culture is important locally and nationally. It is particularly important that we target the new intake, influential conservatives and backbenchers – but its our aim for every MP in the country to be contacted at least once.

To support us all in making this happen we have put together a range of supporting materials around a campaign: Arts For Britain (#Arts4Britain).

There are 3 things you can do today:

  1. Write to your MP
  2. Collect 4 key stats about your organisation to either build your own infographic using the template or ask us to create it for you
  3. Join the social media campaign #Arts4Britain and sign up to Thunderclap

Please forward this onto your staff and contacts to get everyone involved. 

For full details of what we are asking you to do, please read the ‘How to’ guide attached.

For key arguments, stats and a one minute elevator pitch, please read the Spending Round Engagement Strategy.

We are offering organisations some real life support in taking this forward. Joe Bond joe.bond235@googlemail.com is working with What Next? to help anyone do any of the above. He will be at the end of a phone (07546 776 290) if you need support contacting your MP, engaging local press, making an infographic or sourcing statistics. Joe will be ringing round colleagues in the next few weeks – so please don’t be surprised if he calls and offers you a hand.

This is urgent – we have only a few weeks now to make a difference.

Please contact us if you have any thoughts or inspiration.

Rosie, Lizzie and Joe for What Next?

Get Creative news – agreement with WOW24/7 – sign up now!

  • The BBC have signed an agreement with WOW24/7 to host the Get Creative searchable activity finder and it is currently being tested. Any activity or event deemed Get Creative in spirit (participatory, engaging, free or cost-recovery) can be uploaded. Once there are enough activities and events, there will be a link added through from the Get Creative homepage so that the public can search for what’s on near them.
  • The link has been circulated to the almost 1000 Get Creative Champions signed up but we wanted to double check that you have the link and information.
    You do need to be a Get Creative Championbefore you can upload events. 
  • It will take you 4 minutes to register and upload an eventand it automatically sends information about your Get Creative events through to local news listingsSign-up here to WOW24/7 listings engine Line-Up and get started. You can enter as many events as you like (the more the better!).
  • Please note it is a live environment, so only enter information that you’re happy to go live on WOW24/7 and syndicated to its partner websites as per the terms and conditions.

The Culture Diary has relaunched with significant improvements for users. The Culture Diary is a free worldwide events calendar of private, media, industry and public events produced by over 4,000 UK organisations covering every art form. The Culture Diary is for any cultural organisation, from small independent organisations to major national institutions. It includes art, dance, design, museums, music, theatre, and much more. You need to register for access (All registrations are reviewed to keep data on the Diary private to members only.) www.theculturediary.com

Upcoming events
Eyes Wide Open Launch
Friday, 25 September 2015 from 18:00 to 20:00, Cardiff

No Boundaries Conference
29/30 September, Watershed Bristol or HOME Manchester

Art and The Charter
6 October, Chapter, Cardiff

Inspiring Curiosity Conference
21/22 October, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Landmarks Conference

8/9 October. Llangollen Pavilion 

Below information is from Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales:

Details of our Landmarks conference 2015 are now available on our website including booking details and sponsorship opportunities.

Landmarks is the Design Commission for Wales’ autumn 2015 conference and exhibition which will explore the relationship between the natural resources of the Welsh landscape and human intervention, informing and inspiring a future for design in the landscape.

The two day event includes a film night and canal boat trip, along with an international line up of speakers, chaired by Sarah Dickins of BBC Wales.

The accompanying exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre will run from 25 September until January 2016 and features the work of several young designers from Wales, and we are currently editing and translating the Landmarks publication.

The link above will take you to the full programme, and you will also find sponsor opportunities.

Tickets: Early bird (until 10 September 2015) £225 / Standard £275/ DCFW Commissioner, Panellist or Hatch member £190 / Student £150

There are also exhibition stands/stalls available which include two delegate places. We welcome creative use of the stands to promote, sell and communicate landscape-related produce and ideas.

We’d love to see you there and please feel free to share the details with your networks.

Please contact Amanda Spence at Design Commission for Wales if you have any queries amanda.spence@dcfw.org

Kind regards

Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales

Communicating our Culture Bilingually (Free workshop)
Arts Council of Wales is offering arts organisations and practitioners in Wales a one day workshop to understand more about what it means to work bilingually, how to do so effectively and cost efficiently.

Thursday, 5 November, Mostyn, Llandudno
Tuesday, 17 November, Arad Goch, Aberystwyth
Thursday, 19 November, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

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? 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 British Council will be hosting What Next? for the period 9 September to 14 October 2015.

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

Access: The building is called “One Kingsway” it’s accessible via the pedestrianised area just off Kingsway.
On arrival turn to the left to take the lift or stairs to level two (no need to report to security staff on arrival, though they’ll be happy to direct you if you’re unsure)

When you arrive on level two, the door to the British Council office is directly in front of the lift, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.

If you take the stairs, when you reach the level two exit, turn to the right until you reach the door to the British Council office, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.

Meeting room: the meeting will be held in room seven, you’ll be shown to the room on arrival.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, water and biscuits will be provided from 8:20am

Contact: British Council in Wales; Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, 07971 155505 ( Rebecca.Gould@britishcouncil.org ) and Lyndsey Halliday, Project and communication support officer, 07904 689109 ( lyndsey.halliday@britishcouncil.org )

Bicycle parking: There is ample bicycle parking on the pavement opposite the British Council office, just off Greyfriars road (some by the Slug and Lettuce and some by the Hilton hotel)

Train station: The nearest train station is Cardiff Queen Street, about an 8 minute brisk walk. Cardiff central station is about a 13 minute brisk walk

Car parking: There is on street parking for disabled badge holders only on Greyfriars place.

The most convenient car parking for non-disabled badge holders is on King Edward VII Avenue (near to Cardiff city hall) Parking for up to 2 hours is £2.80. The underpass near to the roundabout on King Edward VII Avenue brings you out next to the British Council office (One Kingsway)

Agenda – 16 September

What Next? Cardiff
When: Wednesday 16 September 2015, 8.30am – 9.30am
Where: British Council Wales, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AQ
Chair: Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, British Council in Wales

Agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions
  1. Updates since last meeting / discussion
  • Discuss possibility of What Next? secretariat –  could potentially be funded by financial contribution from each organisation.
  • Google Hangout monthly meeting for all UK What Next? chapter Chairs or chapter reps to convene (future meeting dates: Wednesday 14 October 1-2pm, Wednesday 11 November 1-2pm, and Wednesday 9 December 1-2pm) – volunteer still needed
  • Travel subsidies for young people – further details included below
  • Cardiff School of Art and Design have offered to host future What Next? meetings

Working group to update on: (optional)

  • BBC charter renewal – working group to refine strategy after What Next meeting on Wednesday (16 September) – group will use meeting room at British Council.

 Yvonne Murphy to update on:

  • Spending Round: MP Engagement strategy – Arts for Britain campaign – further details included below 
  • ‘Thunderclap’ (as part of the Arts for Britain campaign) – further details included below
  • Get Creative in Wales – exact date to be confirmed (looking at January 2016)

Manifesto working group to update on:

  • ‘Manifesto asks’ document (attached) – the working group has worked on many iterations of this document . Document needs to be finalised on Wednesday (16 September) and agreed how it will be used with the politicians formulating their manifestos now.

Laura Drane to update on:

  • Planning a hustings  (rolling agenda item from now until April/May)
  1. Future What Next? meetings

Speakers and topics for discussion at future meetings:

  • 23 September

Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Wales Office TO BE CONFIRMED (Chris Ricketts to follow up and confirm )

  • 30 September

Culture Shift Fern Smith CONFIRMED

  • 7 October

Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru CONFIRMED

  • 14 October

Simon Dancey, Global Director, Cultural Skills, British Council CONFIRMED

 Gareth Jones from Welsh ICE. He also runs the CDF, Cardiff’s most recent listings newspaper, would like a ten minute slot.  DATE TO BE CONFIRMED (Lyndsey Halliday to follow up and confirm date)

Future topics/speakers:

  • Future speakers at What Next? and agenda for future meetings  – discuss

Suggestions from previous meetings:

  • 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.
  1. Any Other Business

 *end of meeting*

*********************************

News

  • £15m discounted bus travel scheme for young people  – find out more Please pass this information onto any young people who may benefit from travel subsidies
  • What Next? Spending Round: MP Engagement strategy – Arts for Britain

Message from Rosie, Lizzie and Joe for What Next?…

“As you know, we have been talking for the last few months about how What Next? can make the best possible case for arts and culture in the forthcoming Spending Round: where the government will make financial decisions for the next 4 years.

All advice suggests that our best approach is for anyone passionate about this to contact their MP directly to make an informed case as to why culture is important locally and nationally, and to invite their MP to a local cultural event. It is particularly important that we target the new intake, influential conservatives and backbenchers – but it’s our aim for every MP in the country to be contacted at least once.

To support us all in making this happen we have been working with many of you to put together a range of supporting materials around a campaign:

Arts For Britain (#Arts4Britain)

For full details of what we are asking you to do, please read the ‘How to’ guide attached. 

Attachments and links to (sent by email to group on 15/9/15):

  • A quick briefing with key messages, statistics and arguments – including a 4 point elevator pitch.
  • A one page printable infographic that summarises these key arguments
  • A ‘How to’ crib sheet for contacting MPs
  • An editable infographic template which you can use to pull together stats for your / your local arts organisation if you haven’t already – see Southbank Centre test case attached

All these resources (and the ones in the list below) can be found in this shared folder

  • A bank of case studies (in the form of infographics) that you can use to make your local argument (please do send us yours to add to this if you haven’t already)
  • A database of MPs and their contact details, cross-referenced with arts and cultural organisations in that constituency – please add in artists / organisations / advocates where there are gaps
  • A bank of quotes from influential non-cultural businesses which you can use to support your argument (please do send more local examples to us for the database and for national advocacy)
  • The submission we made to the summer budget – arguments for cultural funding that we will be developing further for our Spending Round submission.

We will also be offering organisations some real life support in taking this forward. Joe Bond joe.bond235@googlemail.com is working with What Next? to help anyone do any of the above. He will be at the end of a phone (07546 776 290) if you need support contacting your MP, engaging local press, making an infographic or sourcing statistics. Joe will be ringing round colleagues in the next few weeks – so please don’t be surprised if he calls and offers you a hand. Lizzie Crump from Cultural Learning Alliance and Rosie Luff at Hanover will also be working on this for the next month.

We know that ‘Arts For Britain’ takes a different approach in language and tone to much of what we usually do, but we’re aiming here to get key messages to a new audience – one which may not ever have thought about the role of culture in its constituencies. We also know that many arts and cultural organisations are already deeply engaged in this and have great relationships with their MPs. We’re not trying to duplicate this, or the work of organisations like Arts Council, but we think there is a real opportunity here for our sector to make our collective, professional voice heard, with business, the voluntary sector and the creative industries all backing the same arguments – so apologies in advance for any duplication or teaching of Grandmothers to suck eggs.

The key messages and arguments in the attached documents are not pretending to be our manifesto or strategic plan, and we know that some of the very important work we do is missing, but these are tailored arguments using the language of the people we are trying to get out message across to.

This is urgent – we have only a few weeks now to make a difference.

Please contact us if you have any thoughts or inspiration”.

Rosie, Lizzie and Joe for What Next?

joe.bond235@googlemail.com  /  RLuff@hanovercomms.com  /  lizzie@culturallearningalliance.org.uk

‘Thunderclaps’ are go!

As part of the #Arts4Britiain campaign, a ‘Thunderclap’ which in simple terms is a mass Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr posting that happens at the same time. To enable it to happen and to get the most impact – we need as many sign ups via Twitter and Facebook as possible.

 What you need to do is simple:

  • Go this website
  • Sign up via your own/your organisations Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr account(s)
  • Encourage your Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr followers to do the same by posting the link on your channels
  • Once you have signed up, your Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr account will automatically post a message at 4.30pm on 24

There is an initial target of 250 sign ups which we think is easily achievable if we all put our social media behind it! .., and if we can get the hashtag trending that would be fantastic!

We recommend…..

Get Creative news – agreement with WOW24/7 – sign up now!

  • The BBC have signed an agreement with WOW24/7 to host the Get Creative searchable activity finder and it is currently being tested. Any activity or event deemed Get Creative in spirit (participatory, engaging, free or cost-recovery) can be uploaded. Once there are enough activities and events, there will be a link added through from the Get Creative homepage so that the public can search for what’s on near them.
  • The link has been circulated to the almost 1000 Get Creative Champions signed up but we wanted to double check that you have the link and information.
    You do need to be a Get Creative Championbefore you can upload events. 
  • It will take you 4 minutes to register and upload an eventand it automatically sends information about your Get Creative events through to local news listingsSign-up here to WOW24/7 listings engine Line-Up and get started. You can enter as many events as you like (the more the better!).
  • Please note it is a live environment, so only enter information that you’re happy to go live on WOW24/7 and syndicated to its partner websites as per the terms and conditions.

The Culture Diary has relaunched with significant improvements for users. The Culture Diary is a free worldwide events calendar of private, media, industry and public events produced by over 4,000 UK organisations covering every art form. The Culture Diary is for any cultural organisation, from small independent organisations to major national institutions. It includes art, dance, design, museums, music, theatre, and much more. You need to register for access (All registrations are reviewed to keep data on the Diary private to members only.) www.theculturediary.com

Funding opportunities

  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
    … fund British citizens, resident in the UK, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest, to gain knowledge and bring back best practice for the benefit of others, their profession and community, in the UK
    The closing date for funding applications is 22 September, 5pm  (to travel in 2016)
    Visit the website to find out more information about funding opportunities: http://www.wcmt.org.uk/

 Upcoming events

 No Boundaries Conference

29/30 September, Watershed Bristol or HOME Manchester
http://nb2015.org/

Art and The Charter
6 October, Chapter, Cardiff
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-and-the-charter-tickets-18130855878?aff=eandprexshre&ref=eandprexshre

Inspiring Curiosity Conference
21/22 October, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/inspiring-curiosity-conference-thursday

Landmarks Conference
8/9 October. Llangollen Pavilion 

Below information is from Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales:

Details of our Landmarks conference 2015 are now available on our website including booking details and sponsorship opportunities.

Landmarks is the Design Commission for Wales’ autumn 2015 conference and exhibition which will explore the relationship between the natural resources of the Welsh landscape and human intervention, informing and inspiring a future for design in the landscape.

The two day event includes a film night and canal boat trip, along with an international line up of speakers, chaired by Sarah Dickins of BBC Wales.

The accompanying exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre will run from 25 September until January 2016 and features the work of several young designers from Wales, and we are currently editing and translating the Landmarks publication.

The link above will take you to the full programme, and you will also find sponsor opportunities.

Tickets: Early bird (until 10 September 2015) £225 / Standard £275/ DCFW Commissioner, Panellist or Hatch member £190 / Student £150

There are also exhibition stands/stalls available which include two delegate places. We welcome creative use of the stands to promote, sell and communicate landscape-related produce and ideas.

We’d love to see you there and please feel free to share the details with your networks.

Please contact Amanda Spence at Design Commission for Wales if you have any queries amanda.spence@dcfw.org

Kind regards

Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales

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): https://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 British Council will be hosting What Next? for the period 9 September to 14 October 2015.

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

 Access: The building is called “One Kingsway” it’s accessible via the pedestrianised area just off Kingsway.
On arrival turn to the left to take the lift or stairs to level two (no need to report to security staff on arrival, though they’ll be happy to direct you if you’re unsure)

When you arrive on level two, the door to the British Council office is directly in front of the lift, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.

If you take the stairs, when you reach the level two exit, turn to the right until you reach the door to the British Council office, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.

Meeting room: the meeting will be held in room seven, you’ll be shown to the room on arrival.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, water and pastries will be provided from 8:20am

Contact: British Council in Wales; Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, 07971 155505 ( Rebecca.Gould@britishcouncil.org ) and Lyndsey Halliday, Project and communication support officer, 07904 689109 ( lyndsey.halliday@britishcouncil.org )

 Bicycle parking: There is ample bicycle parking on the pavement opposite the British Council office, just off Greyfriars road (some by the Slug and Lettuce and some by the Hilton hotel)

Train station: The nearest train station is Cardiff Queen Street, about an 8 minute brisk walk. Cardiff central station is about a 13 minute brisk walk

Car parking: There is on street parking for disabled badge holders only on Greyfriars place.

The most convenient car parking for non-disabled badge holders is on King Edward VII Avenue (near to Cardiff city hall) Parking for up to 2 hours is £2.80. The underpass near to the roundabout on King Edward VII Avenue brings you out next to the British Council office (One Kingsway)

What Next? future host venues

  • 21 October to 25 November, Sherman Cymru
  • 2 December to 16 December, Creative Economy Unit, Cardiff University

 

AGENDA 9 September 2015

What Next? Cardiff

When: Wednesday 9 September 2015

Time: 8.30am – 9.30am (British Council arts leads will be available for an hour afterwards, until 10:30am if you’d like to discuss anything further)

Where: British Council Wales, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff, CF10 3AQ (NB: further information at bottom of agenda)

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

Agenda

1. Welcome and introductions

2. Updates from the last month / discussion

Yvonne Murphy to update group on the following:

  • Feedback on Get Creative campaign – a research team is evaluating the Get Creative campaign, as well as conducting a broader piece of research into everyday creativity. They are in early stages of designing that broader piece of research, but an indication can be found on the research team’s project blog
    Yvonne Murphy will feedback comments on the Get Creative campaign from the What Next? group to the research team.
  • Get Creative in Wales – date to be confirmed
  • Google Hangout monthly meeting for all UK What Next? chapter Chairs or chapter reps to convene (future meeting dates: Wednesday 14 October 1-2pm, Wednesday 11 November 1-2pm, and Wednesday 9 December 1-2pm)
  • Update on Spending Round MP Engagement Strategy Further details included below

3. British Council Arts Refresh strategy

  • The British Council’s Director of Strategy for the Arts Group; Kate Arthurs, marketing lead for the Arts Group; Alex Fleming and Head of Arts in Wales; Rebecca Gould will present Refresh – the new British Council global arts strategy, with Q & A afterwards. NB: the strategy will be sent in a separate email shortly (no obligation for you to read the strategy before the meeting).

4. Future What Next? meetings
Speakers and topics for discussion at future meetings to be discussed and confirmed.

Suggestions so far (TBC):

  • 16 September
    Neil Hanratty, Cardiff City Council (Yvette Vaughan Jones to invite)
  • 23 September
    Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Wales Office (Chris Ricketts to confirm)
  • 7 October
    Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru

                Future topics/speakers:

  • 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.

5. Any Other Business

MP Engagement Strategy – call for help  (see item 2 on agenda)

Over the last six months, many What Next? colleagues have been working on a strategy to engage with the forthcoming Spending Round – where the budget will be set for the next four years.

Colleagues in Treasury and DCMS are currently modelling significant cuts – from between 25% and 40% and so it is ever more important that we make the most robust case possible for investment.

As well as drafting our submission it is absolutely critical that we engage MPs across the whole country with compelling reasons to care about this. Our ambition is for every MP to be contacted by someone making a positive and informed case for culture and that they be invited to an arts event. We are be pulling together as much of a co-ordinated and resourced strategy as we can. At the beginning of September we will be sharing useful links, resources, key messages, contact info and tools to help you contact your MP.

We’re writing to ask for some urgent help from you all in marshalling our resources: we really, really need your help please.

Thanks so much to everyone who has already done this – but if you haven’t…

We need:

  • Quotes from non-arts businesses
  • Local case studies in the form of simple infographics
  • Your knowledge of Conservative MPs
  • Your knowledge of areas in the country with no funded arts provision

 Resources

The Arts Council has already created some great briefing materials as part of their advocacy toolkit, but we think we can add value by creating some very short and beautiful briefing docs for each region (and where possible, constituency) which include…

  • jobs and employment numbers for the sector,
  • an endorsement of the arts and culture by a prominent local non-arts business,
  • some infographic case studies along the line of the one attached (made in 2013, so possibly needs an update!).

1) Generate a quote from a business and send it to us

We are particularly looking for quotes from significant businesses and local employers so please do contact any corporate partners or board members that you have and ask them if they might say something loosely on the lines of this…

‘Public investment in the arts is not only good for the community its good for business too. Creativity in the workforce is one of the most important things a modern business needs, and every employer needs its staff to have a great place to live. That’s why the xxxxx (local examples) is so important’.

Do also ask them if they would be prepared to go and speak to your MP with you in September too

2) Make an infographic for your arts organisation and send it to us – along the lines of Belgrade Theatre example attached.

This should hopefully be much easier than it looks and just involves adding in the relevant numbers to the boxes. There is help with the formatting available if you need it.

MP engagement strategy

University College London is very brilliantly supporting What Next? to help co-ordinate our approach. Joe Bond (joe.bond235@googlemail.com) has pulled together this google-doc spreadsheet that maps arts organisations to MPs, constituencies their contact details and he is on hand to support arts organisations and individuals to make the case. Joe will be in touch will colleagues to support on this.

3) Help us to create the most effective strategy for influential Conservative MPs

As well as Ministers, engaged backbench Conservative MPs could be particularly influential in this landscape. We need to identify Conservative MPs who have an interest and connection with the arts, either through their constituency or through personal passion. We need your help to identify them!

Could you see if anyone in your What Next? group has a strong or existing personal relationship with a Tory MP who you feel is sympathetic to our case – if you can identify such an MP, please let Rosie Luff RLuff@hanovercomms.com know and we can discuss the best way of contacting that MP and the best briefing we can give him or her.

4) Help us to identify advocates in constituencies

Please do look at the Googledoc – particularly at the constituencies which don’t have a cultural organisation against them. Many important Conservative MPs are in seats where there are no funded cultural organisations. We are particularly looking for advocates in these areas which would be willing to go in and make the case. Do you know a Creative Industry / Voluntary / Community or Commercial partner who we could approach to do this? If you do, please contact joe.bond235@googlemail.com or on 07546 776 290 to let him know. Do feel free to edit the shared document directly if you’d rather.

This is all urgent, so it would be great to get responses as soon as possible

 Upcoming events

 No Boundaries Conference

29/30 September, Watershed Bristol or HOME Manchester

http://nb2015.org/

Inspiring Curiosity Conference

21/22 October, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/inspiring-curiosity-conference-thursday

Landmarks Conference

8/9 October. Llangollen Pavilion

Below information from Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales:

Details of our Landmarks conference 2015 are now available on our website including booking details and sponsorship opportunities.

Landmarks is the Design Commission for Wales’ autumn 2015 conference and exhibition which will explore the relationship between the natural resources of the Welsh landscape and human intervention, informing and inspiring a future for design in the landscape.

The two day event includes a film night and canal boat trip, along with an international line up of speakers, chaired by Sarah Dickins of BBC Wales.

The accompanying exhibition at Ruthin Craft Centre will run from 25 September until January 2016 and features the work of several young designers from Wales, and we are currently editing and translating the Landmarks publication.

The link above will take you to the full programme, and you will also find sponsor opportunities.

Tickets:

Early bird (until 10 September 2015) £225 / Standard £275/ DCFW Commissioner, Panellist or Hatch member £190 / Student £150

There are also exhibition stands/stalls available which include two delegate places. We welcome creative use of the stands to promote, sell and communicate landscape-related produce and ideas.

We’d love to see you there and please feel free to share the details with your networks.

Please contact Amanda Spence at Design Commission for Wales if you have any queries amanda.spence@dcfw.org

Kind regards

Amanda Spence, Design Advisor, Design Commission for Wales

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? 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 British Council will be hosting What Next? for the period 9 September to 14 October 2015.

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

 Access: The building is called “One Kingsway” it’s accessible via the pedestrianised area just off Kingsway. On arrival turn to the left to take the lift or stairs to level two (no need to report to security staff on arrival, though they’ll be happy to direct you if you’re unsure)

When you arrive on level two, the door to the British Council office is directly in front of the lift, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.

If you take the stairs, when you reach the level two exit, turn to the right until you reach the door to the British Council office, on arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.

Meeting room: the meeting will be held in room seven, you’ll be shown to the room on arrival.

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, water and pastries will be provided from 8:20am

Contact: British Council in Wales; Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts, 07971 155505 and Lyndsey Halliday, Project and communication support officer, 07904 689109

Bicycle parking: There is ample bicycle parking on the pavement opposite the British Council office, just off Greyfriars road (some near to the Slug and Lettuce and some near to the Hilton hotel)

Train station: The nearest train station is Cardiff Queen Street, about an 8 minute brisk walk. Cardiff central station is about a 13 minute brisk walk

Car parking: There is on street parking for disabled badge holders only on Greyfriars place.

The most convenient car parking for non-disabled badge holders is on King Edward VII avenue (near to Cardiff city hall) Parking for up to 2 hours is £2.80. The underpass near to the roundabout on King Edward VII avenue brings you out next to the British Council office (One Kingsway)

What Next? future host venues

  • 21 October to 25 November, Sherman Cymru
  • 2 December to 16 December, Creative Economy Unit, Cardiff University