Creative Futures Arts Council of Wales annual conference 2013, Wales Millennium Centre, 3 October notes


Leah Collett and Stevie Wood
The conference began with a performance by Leah Collett, mezzo-soprano from Swansea. ACW funded her in 2012/13 to study Musical at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She was accompanied by Stevie Wood a repetiteur at Welsh National Opera.

Professor Dai Smith
Chair, Arts Council Wales


Dai Smith paid tribute to Fran Medley

Dai introduced the independent report An independent report for the Welsh Government into Arts in Education in the Schools of Wales that has just been published. It’s hoped that the depth of the report will provide something that can take us forward in Wales. If the recommendations are implemented, it will move the relationships between artists, art organisations and schools, children and young people forward and transform education in Wales

Where time is given, by schools, to the arts there is benefit to the whole learning experience. Art needs to be integral part of the curriculum in Wales. Literacy and numeracy are key, but culture is integral. We need to embed culture in the minds of decision makers and children.

Wales: the art nation

John Griffiths AM
Minister for culture and sport

John Griffiths will announce the draft budget for the arts in the next week. Devolution has led to a step change in the arts in Wales, but there is much yet to do.
We need to develop a strong high quality infrastructure, high quality hubs, state of the art surroundings

Vibrancy of the arts in Wales
Protect build and enhance
The current economic environment means we have to safeguard frontline services. Once the statutory areas have been budgeted for this leaves a limited amount to spend on the arts, heritage and culture.

Welsh Government needs to work closely with local authorities to get across the important messages that the arts can deliver across our communities
We all need to find new money, partnerships, collaboration, more efficient working methods

Arts in schools
Key commitment
The education review provides an in depth look at the arts and education sectors
It is impressive in terms of analysis and recommendations
It helps to build a compelling case for the arts in education
Some excellent work already taking place
Other areas can build and develop
Case studies should be widely extended.
Teachers lack confidence: nurturing creativity in the classroom
Arts is not peripheral and can be used to improve literacy and numeracy.
Organisations do excellent work with and for schools
We must look at how the good practice is extended. Interactive relationship between schools and orgs. The “digital learning platform” can be used to bridge this connection.
Vital to the sense of Wales itself
Priorities are education jobs and growth. Tackling poverty. Strong focus on disadvantage and lack of opportunity. Internationalisation: opening up the world to Wales and Wales to the world

Case studies that can be shared and transferred elsewhere.
Funders and cultural organisations need to work together more closely to access and take part in the arts culture and historic heritage. Extend reach and cultural impact

Digital technology
Transmissions of live performances
Social media

Things are changing rapidly. We need to be one step ahead. Take part in flagship events and anniversaries:
Dylan Thomas
Commonwealth games
World war 1
Willingness to spread your reach internationally to Europe
There will be a new European funding programme based around creativity starting next year. It will involve working with partner organisations in Europe
Shared visions shared passions

Rebecca Chew
Academy Principal, Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the Arts

Passionate advocate of the arts, Rebecca Chew, has been recognised for her innovative leadership as an educator. She was the founding Principal of the School of the Arts (SOTA). She had a dream and she believed in it, and it happened.
At SOTA everything is taught through the arts (academy for the arts. )
School of arts
Singapore creative culture
Policy experimental thinking

Singapore background:
Migrant population
Human capital
Education is of top priority
What is worth learning in a 21st century world

Thinking ahead
Thinking again
Thinking across

Singapore is 48 years old

Creative cluster
Out of box thinking
Renaissance City plan

What for?
Older people asking why should young people study the arts
Breakthrough in curriculum design. Convince people.
Experiment expression and discovery

Building a future fit for heroes

Pedagogical exhibitions focused on process rather than product

Baroness Kay Andrews OBE
English Heritage Chair

Commissioned by Welsh Government to produce a complementary report to Dai Smith’s, to recommend ways in which cultural and heritage bodies can work more closely together to broaden access to, appreciation of and participation in culture in ways that contribute to reducing poverty. This report will be out by Christmas.

This report links in closely with much of the work that we are currently developing in Wrexham.
Communities First: arts and heritage working together in communities first areas
Joy and jobs go together though creativity
Align with built heritage and culture
More children living in poverty in Wales
Tackling Poverty strategy
Access to culture and heritage
Inverse Care Law
What keeps people in poverty?
Thinking and creativity can generate new habits
Liberate creativity in schools
Address today’s poverty and the future poverty
Evaluation needs to be designed into projects, we need to measure impact
Credited skill training can open up opportunities
Articulate and deliver on a common purpose
Knowledge of heritage / knowledge of belonging
The Place where you come from shapes us. It can make or break us.
Heritage of the everyday
Building resilient communities

Art and heritage need to work more closely together
She would love to hear what you think


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