Arts Council of Wales | Topics for Debate

Topics for Debate

Through to 31 July we would like to foster continuing discussions online, using social media, about some of the topics that have a bearing on the future shape of the arts in Wales.

#invrev2015

These discussions began in March and April this year, when the Arts Council attended fora, or held meetings, to foster understanding of the context of the current Investment Review. We did this across different parts of the arts sector. The presentation material used in these sessions is in this presentation here.

Download: Investment Review 2015 - Overall Presentation(3451k)

Key topics of discussion can be seen below. If there are other topics you would wish to see pitched into the contextual debate surrounding our Investment Review please contact investmentreview@artscouncilofwales.org.uk or use #invrev2015 on social media.

The Topics

1. How can we develop and increase active participation?

The Minister has launched a key theme for the arts in Wales: how can we develop and increase active participation? The trends have been encouraging over recent years and how the arts can multiply the way that people can participate through co-creation, online communities, feedback loops, internships, volunteering as well as the hands-on workshop. How can we share the understanding and development of more engagement and how can we focus that engagement effectively?

Read Inspire... our strategy for Creativity and the Arts in Wales

2. What’s the role of National companies in playing their part in Wales the creative country?

The question we ask of our National companies is the one framed in Inspire .We asked them to reflect "how are they National?" The answers are many facetted and vary from company to company.

Debates with the Nationals collectively threw up a need to exchange ideas more and build their sense of being a collective where they could, from the point of view of resources and collaborations and their interface with Wales and its arts more broadly

What’s the role of National companies in playing their part in Wales the creative country?

Read Inspire... our strategy for Creativity and the Arts in Wales

3. How can the arts make a difference, especially where deprivation affects lives and opportunities?

The Government is asking the arts to operate so as to make a difference, and particularly where lives and opportunities are affected by cycles of deprivation.

A theme coming out of this Investment Review will be how to create more joined up approaches, more cumulative effect of the arts in communities, more sustained approaches.

How can we get at this and achieve more, as finances tighten even more?

Read Inspire... our strategy for Creativity and the Arts in Wales

4. What needs to be put in place to build a better progression route for our musicians into sustainable careers?

In the last Investment Review Arts Council pinpointed a set of issues around talent development in the music sector and the ability of musicians to develop markets for their work beyond Wales to achieve greater sustainability.

There have been notable successes over the last few years but the structural set up for music is still wanting.

Read more: www.wai.org.uk/womex-13/womex13-legacy

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