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Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture on his first official visit to Chapter     

Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture on his first official visit to Chapter

Chapter were delighted this week to welcome the Deputy Minister for Culture, Ken Skates AM on his first official visit to the arts centre. Mr Skates was given a tour of the building’s diverse spaces, including the theatre, cinemas, stiwdio and dynamic caffi bar, and was given an insight into Chapter’s mission to develop contemporary culture, nurture new talent and provide public access to the arts.

During his visit, Ken Skates learnt about several exciting projects that are currently unfolding, including plans for further redevelopment of the site, in partnership with Earthfall, Theatr Iolo and Cardiff University. While still in development, the proposed plans include a new purpose built gallery space, new cinema screens, new and refurbished dance studios, rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, a co-working space for the creative industries and a new suite of education spaces. These new resources will secure the long-term future of these nationally significant organisations, and create a new and exciting home that can accommodate the very best in local and international visual art, film, performance, dance, live music and learning, expanding a deepening access to the arts for the people of Cardiff and beyond.

Mr Skates was particularly interested to hear about Chapter’s extensive learning and participation programme, which includes film education workshops, both at Chapter and in schools, the newly established Chapter Youth Theatre, a range of film discussion groups for all ages and Chapter’s Community Garden.

On his tour of Chapter, Mr Skates also gained an insight into the many creative industries that are based at Chapter. There are over 30 studio spaces that are home to resident companies and individual practitioners who work across all art forms. These arts and creative industry partners often work closely with Chapter, sharing expertise, resources and ideas. Their work, alongside our own, makes us one of the most important production houses in the UK. One key example is Coreo Cymru, a creative partnership between producer Carole Blade and Chapter. Initiated and supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Coreo Cymru aims to connect with artists, partners and the general public by offering unique and compelling ways to engage with dance that will inspire quality, artistically driven work that supports audience growth.

The Minister said of his visit, “I was delighted to visit Chapter Arts Centre this week. This busy venue has a unique identity - while embedded in its local community it offers the very best in national and international visual and performing arts. Chapter’s achievements in recent years are complemented by the exciting plans in place for its future, and I look forward to watching the organisation go from strength to strength.”
 
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