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Arts at the Heart - Celebrating Creativity in Wales     

The conference will consider and explore selected action plans, which form the recently published Supporting Creativity, The Five Year Arts Development Strategy of The Arts Council of Wales 2002-07. The conference takes place at The Brangwyn Hall Monday 19th - Tuesday 20th May.

In excess of 200 delegates from all art forms across Wales are registered. The Minister for Culture, the Welsh Language and Sport will be making his speech at 9:30 am on Monday 19th May


Arts at the Heart - Celebrating Creativity in Wales, ACW launches first ever Annual Conference

"Arts are at the heart of Wales. They always have been and always will be!" is the passionate message of Geraint Talfan Davies ahead of the first ever Arts Council of Wales Annual Conference.

The Chief Executive of the Arts Council, Peter Tyndall, is as equally up beat about the event, "the conference is a wide ranging exercise in consultation. Many of the specific action points identified in our five-year arts development strategy will be examined in a series of breakout sessions."

Key speakers from Wales and beyond will take part in an open-mike question time and all delegates will have the opportunity to quiz the likes of Judith Isherwood (Wales Millennium Centre), theatre critic and director Michael Bogdanov and former Assembly Member and political figure Dafydd Wigley.

The Conference will also feature the first address by Alun Pugh AM the new Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language. Speaking of the conference Mr Pugh said,

"The Arts Council of Wales has played a significant role in supporting and expanding the arts sector in Wales. There are clear challenges across all art forms and the Welsh Assembly Government has already committed an annual budget in excess of £22 million to The Arts Council of Wales to help meet those challenges. More importantly we see the development of a strong and productive relationship with the Council as a key way of ensuring that the arts continue to make a vital contribution to the life and economy of Wales.

"I also recognise ACW's own commitment to meet head on their own challenges, and through regonalisation to make sure that their services are readily available in all parts of Wales. I endorse their endeavours to address issues such as engaging young people in the arts within a culture of equal opportunity and ensuring that the sector develops the skills it needs though access to appropriate professional development and training. The "Arts at the Heart" conference, with its emphasis on open debate and consultation, together with ACW's commitment to research and evaluation will go a long way to laying the foundation for a fruitful partnership with the new Welsh Assembly Government."

Peter Tyndall welcomed the Minister's participation in the conference and continued by stating, "We are looking forward to being able to celebrate the wealth of creativity that exists as well as the tremendous benefit the arts provide to Wales as a nation. It is a forum where we can recognise quality and diversity and secure an ongoing dialogue between artists, performers, promoters and policy makers."

In recognition of the challenge ahead of the sector as well as the opportunities, Geraint Talfan Davies concluded, "We fully appreciate that the stakes are high. We all share a common goal. It is important therefore that we all commit to building up not only our individual art forms or organisations but that we press on to secure ever-deeper partnership. This conference is a means to make sure that happens in reality as well as in theory."
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