City of Culture 2025 a 'springboard' regardless of longlist

11 Oct 2021

The challenge now for some of the latecomers will be completing years' worth of planning in weeks.

‘Re-veiling’ commemorates the truth of statues

A procession of people
06 Oct 2021

We often don’t notice statues of people, but they are part of our cultural history. Who are they? Why are they there? And where are the women? These are questions that fascinate Wanda Zyborska.

Swansea Council opens £50k Cultural Fund

22 Sep 2021

Swansea Council has opened a £50,000 Cultural Fund to help its local arts and culture sector bounce back from the pandemic.

Swansea-based freelancers and organisations working in arts, culture and heritage can claim up to £1,500.

"We know that with lost income and more pressure on audiences' purses than ever, the costs of staging events or concerts will be daunting for some local groups. This is where we think we can help," cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said.

"Swansea's cultural community is crucial to keeping our city strong and our residents fit and healthy."

To apply for funding, applicants must email the council and return a completed application before October 31.

Covid-19 crushed Swansea's City of Culture plan

25 Aug 2021

Swansea Council says the pandemic changed its plans to enter the UK City of Culture 2025 contest.

The city bid for the title in the first three years of the competition and was shortlisted for the 2017 and 2021 years.

Council Leader Rob Stewart said: “Our current efforts are firmly focused on helping Swansea and its cultural community lead Wales out of the pandemic”.

Stewart added it is likely it will consider a bid in future years.

Wales is represented on the 2025 longlist by Newport, Powys, Conwy County, Bangor and Northwest Wales.

Police investigate Theatr Ardudwy reopening

24 Aug 2021

North Wales Police are investigating the planned reopening of Theatre Ardudwy in Harlech after workers alleged being employed under false pretences.

Tony Stringfellow, employed to be Artistic Director of the theatre, reported KMD Production’s Kallum O’Sullivan, who said the theatre would open in August.

Stringfellow claims O’Sullivan advertised shows that were never going to take place and said he has been underpaid by nearly £2,000.

Theatr Ardudwy recently parted ways with O’Sullivan, after a number of public statements made by the producer were found to be false.

Police say they are making enquiries to establish whether any criminal offences have occurred.

Wales' arts funders 'shouldn't force white-led organisations to diversify'

23 Aug 2021

A report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales says it is entrenched in white supremacy and has ignored calls for change. It appears to be doing the same again.

City of Culture 2025 contest attracts explosion of interest

28 Jul 2021

Adding a seventh city to the longlist of bidders who will receive funding would allow more places to "complete their journey," an expert on the competition says.

Wales to establish National Music Service in schools

A 2019 Creative Collaboration project funded by the Arts Council of Wales
01 Jun 2021

The Welsh Government says it will deliver the long-awaited scheme to “make sure that lack of money will no longer be a barrier to young people learning to play an instrument”.

Theatre to deliver council's music services in groundbreaking deal

Woman with violin teaching young children in a school hall
03 Dec 2020

Permanent employment for 17 more musicians and a wider programme of music activity will stem from the transfer of Flintshire Music Service to Theatr Clwyd.

£10.7m arts and culture funding for Wales

10 Nov 2020

New bids for funding won't be accepted as the Welsh Government prioritises existing applications.

Welsh Recovery funding throws a lifeline to 95% of applicants

22 Oct 2020

Organisations put forward “a strong case for support”, leading to a total of £20m in allocations.

Welsh freelancers' fund closed in an hour

08 Oct 2020

High demand for the first come, first served fund forced its early closure, to the panic of those who missed out.

Wales to launch £7m freelancer fund

Llangollen International Eisteddfod
16 Sep 2020

A final tranche of Welsh Government emergency funding will be reserved for up to 12,800 creatives - but the Culture Minister says organisations need a "total change of attitude" towards recovery. 

'Cultural contract' to be condition of Welsh emergency funding

13 Aug 2020

The Welsh Government will require organisations to commit to fair pay rates, but has not responded to calls for a universal basic income for creatives.

On equal footing

photo over the shoulder of an older gentleman sitting down who is looking at a photograph
13 Jul 2020

The experience of running participatory work online has led Theatr Clwyd to rethink the whole concept of ‘reach’. Let’s use this moment to make the arts truly accessible to all says Gwennan Mair.

Welsh Culture and Race Taskforce launched

06 Jul 2020

The collective seeks to influence decision makers and put race at the forefront of the sector’s recovery, but the Arts Council of Wales says it won’t fund a group ‘set up to lobby us’.

Arts and health partners in a post-Covid world

Postcard for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s, I’m Thinking of You campaign
30 Jun 2020

Delivering arts and health services digitally can extend access for some, but others are excluded. Nesta Lloyd-Jones looks at the positive outcomes and future challenges brought about by the lockdown.

Announcement of reopening brings little cheer to music and theatre

Belfast's Grand Opera House
24 Jun 2020

Although museums and galleries in England and Scotland can prepare to reopen, the  performing arts remain in lockdown and fears grow for the future of venue-based organisations.

‘Equality, diversity and social justice’ must follow the crisis, says Arts Council

the foyer of Wales Millennium Centre
20 May 2020

The sector is “on its knees”, the Arts Council of Wales tells a Senedd committee, and invites the arts community to contribute to plans for “lasting and systemic change” post-lockdown.

Digital delivery at the forefront of Wales’ drive to embed arts in schools

a group of children working together in a creative workshop
24 Apr 2020

Funding for creativity has been renewed in the run-up to a new cross-disciplinary curriculum in Wales that will see Expressive Arts become a main pillar of the learning framework.


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