Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for arts and culture in Wales: funding, community engagement and the impact of Brexit

Morning, Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Central Cardiff


Delegates at this seminar will discuss the priorities for the arts and culture sector in Wales, and next steps for tackling funding challenges facing the cultural sector in Wales, including the balance of public sector investment and private finance for cultural projects.

It follows the Welsh Government’s launch of the Fusion Challenge Grant programme - which seeks to encourage participation in arts and cultural activity, including in more disadvantaged areas - and forms part of wider policy to deliver on the goals in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, particularly those of building cohesive communities and encouraging vibrant culture.

The seminar will be a timely opportunity to review the findings of the Welsh Government’s evaluation report on the progress made in the Fusion Programme during 2016-17, which is shortly to be published.

Delegates will also discuss how to ensure the availability of targeted resources and best practice in collaboration with organisations involved in delivering strategic cultural projects, as well as the effectiveness of arts and culture in tackling poverty and improving individual well-being.

Further sessions consider the implications of Brexit on the cultural sector in Wales, focusing on the impact of changes to freedom of movement and uncertainty surrounding the replacement of current EU funding.

Guest of Honour

Nick Capaldi

Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales

Guest of Honour

Nick Capaldi

Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales


Bethan Jenkins AM

Chair, Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee


Liam Evans-Ford

Executive Director, Theatr Clwyd

Rachel Jones

Chief Executive, Arts and Business Cymru

Simon Baston

Managing Director, LoftCo

Jack Powell

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Creative Industries Federation

Tracey McNulty

Head of Cultural Services, City and County of Swansea

Natasha James

Project Manager, Breaking Barriers

David Anderson

Director General, National Museum Wales

Leonora Thomson

Managing Director, Welsh National Opera