Cultural Playing Field

Participation in the Arts by Robin Simpson
February 1, 2013, 12:43 pm
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Monday saw the publication of the National Assembly for Wales Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee Task and Finish Group report on ‘Participation in the Arts’.

The report recommends that “the Welsh Government should put in place a participation action plan, to sit alongside its accessibility action plan, with the purpose of increasing participation levels across Wales” and that “the action plan should include measures to ensure co-ordination across government departments and joint working by partners, including local government and the voluntary sector”.

The report refers in detail to the evidence given by Voluntary Arts Wales to the Participation in the Arts enquiry and says “We welcome the way that ACW‟s strategy includes support for network organisations such as Disability Arts Cymru, the Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales and Voluntary Arts Wales. We feel that, in terms of increasing levels of participation, these networks can play a central role. Therefore, these networks should be consulted in the drawing up of the participation action plan and should play a role in ensuring that it is implemented.”

It was also great to see constructive comments about the voluntary arts in many of the responses to the enquiry. For example “Cwmni’r Frân Wen and Gwent Theatre indicated that more collaboration between the voluntary arts sector and the professional arts sector would be beneficial to the voluntary arts.”

Robin Simpson.

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