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Arts at the Heart     

The Arts Council of Wales' first Annual Conference, Arts at the Heart - Celebrating Creativity in Wales, takes place on 19th and 20th May 2003 at The Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.

Arts at the Heart will be an opportunity to celebrate the contribution the arts make to life in Wales and to debate some of the major issues facing the arts in Wales today. A line up of high profile speakers will lead debates on issues such as cultural perspectives, the current state of drama in Wales, the visual arts and craft sector, and the role local authorities play in the artistic life of Wales.

Delegates will be able to consider, and explore in more detail, the individual art-form and cross cutting action plans which form the recently published Supporting Creativity, The Five Year Arts Development Strategy of The Arts Council of Wales 2002-07, and therefore influence policy development for the arts in Wales over the next five years.

ACW's Chief Executive, Peter Tyndall said, "This conference offers those working in the arts sector in Wales a very real opportunity to share their experience and expertise. ACW is committed to listening to those working in both the professional and voluntary sectors and incorporating their views in ACW's policy development over the next five years".

Whether you are an individual artist or representative of an arts organisation, a member of the public, voluntary cultural, local authority or private sector, this is one arts event that should not be missed!

Further information is available from or The Communications Team at The Arts Council of Wales' Cardiff office.

The Arts Council of Wales has also worked in partnership with Arts Training Wales, the Association of Community Artists and ELWa on two other conferences.

Richard Turner, Senior Strategic Development Officer, ACW, said "Within our recently published five year arts development strategy Supporting Creativity, The Arts Council of Wales has prioritised both the development of the arts workforce through education, training and continuing professional development, and support for participatory arts activity including community arts in Wales. The two forthcoming conferences, organised in partnership with Arts Training Wales and the Association of Community Artists, will provide artists and arts organisations across Wales the opportunity to discuss how we can all work together to take forward these important plans. "

The first of the two conferences Inspiration - Aspiration - Dedication will look at Career Development and Training in the Arts Sector in Wales and has been organised by Arts Training Wales in association with The Arts Council of Wales. The conference will take place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, on 29th and 30th April 2003 and will be hosted by Peter Harding, Head of Arts, Welsh Assembly Government. This two-day event will consider the results of Arts Training Wales' research, undertaken on behalf of ACW and ELWa, into career development and training in the arts workforce in Wales. The research, which involved hundreds of practitioners and support workers in every artform, aimed to find out how people in Wales can enter a career in the arts and go on to make a living in their chosen artform.

This Conference will offer a unique opportunity to hear the results for each artform area presented, and for delegates to make a contribution to the list of action points which will form the backbone of the new ACW arts training strategy and Arts Training Wales' development work over the next three years.

This Conference is subsidised by The Arts Council of Wales and is free of charge to all freelance arts practitioners. Further information is available from Arts Training Wales, Freepost SWC4397, PO Box 5, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3GY. Tel: 01446 754112 E-mail:

The second of the conferences Delivering the Goods? Community Arts at Work in Wales: Professionalism and Good Practice is a two-day national conference organised by the Association of Community Artists in partnership with The Arts Council of Wales, and will take place at the Phoenix Centre, Townhill, Swansea on 12th and 13th May 2003.

This conference will look at Community Arts as a means of alleviating social exclusion, Arts and Regeneration, Arts and Health, Arts Work with Offenders, and will also look at issues of Quality and Effective Evaluation of Community Arts as well as funding sources.

Individual community arts practitioners can attend the conference at a subsidised rate of £5.
Further information is available from Voluntary Arts Wales, PO Box 200, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7WN. Tel: 01938 556 455
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Angela Blackburn
Thursday, April 03, 2003back



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