This seminar brought together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the priorities for the creative industries and the arts in Wales.
It was an opportunity to review the published findings of the Welsh Government’s evaluation of the second phase (2016-17) of the Fusion Challenge Grant programme - including the key benefits, such as engagement of new ‘harder to reach’ groups living within deprived communities.
Delegates also considered the next steps for tackling the funding challenges faced by the creative industries in Wales, and the implications of Brexit, including the potential risks to partnerships accessed through EU bodies, the uncertainty surrounding the replacement of current EU funding and freedom of movement.
Those attending also considered the latest thinking on how Wales can enhance its position as a suitable location for the production of creative content, as well as ways to leverage Wales’ creative and artistic sectors to generate tourism.
Further sessions assessed the availability of targeted resources and best practice in collaboration between organisations involved in delivering strategic cultural projects - as the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee carry out their inquiry into the success of arts organisations in increasing sources of revenue from non-public funding.
Sessions also examined the ways in which Welsh businesses and organisations are exporting Welsh culture as well as efforts to promote Wales as a place of interest - for artistic consumption and as a location to produce creative and artistic content.