Policy Forum for Wales

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

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2018

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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates