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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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
£11m for Scotland, £7m for Wales and £1m for Northern Ireland as their arts councils announce plans to support organisations and creative workers.
Welsh arts organisations have been told to model for a 10% funding cut amid the council’s drive to reach new audiences.
Not everyone can be a winner in Arts Council of Wales’ drive to share the benefits of culture more widely, says Nick Capaldi.
There is a bigger audience for Welsh music than ever before, but a lack of long-term thinking means there aren’t venues, promoters and services to support artists.
Creative Wales will initially focus on developing the country’s music, screen, digital and gaming industries.
A report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales warns the figure is likely an underestimate as Brexit approaches.
The Arts Council of Wales has said it won’t fund projects that don’t budget minimum pay rates for artists. We asked the other councils why they aren’t doing the same.
The funder has warned organisations seeking annual funding that they must demonstrate what they would deliver “should you receive a lower level of funding”.
Dedicated arts and health co-ordinators, together with a commitment to measure impact, are pushing culture into the mainstream of the country’s health policy, writes Nesta Lloyd-Jones.
The agency has said it will not fund applications that don’t commit to paying artists union minimum rates “at the very least”.
The funder says it will raise the cap on small grants from £5,000 to £10,000 and consider raising the £30,000 cap on larger applications.
Many entry-level roles in the arts are taken by overqualified graduates, but a project in Wales is opening up opportunities to those most suited to them, says Sarah Mair Hughes.
Community-run organisations are planning “visonary and radical alternatives” as they search for a sustainable way forward amid growing gentrification.
A new project will investigate new ideas for how the arts can play an “impactful and sustainable” role in health and wellbeing.