Select Committee on Welsh Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by the Arts Council of Wales

  The Arts Council for Wales' role in promoting Wales abroad comes mainly for the work undertaken jointly with the British Council, Cardiff office under the umbrella of Wales Arts International (WAI). We have currently agreed a business plan (not printed) for the next three years. This sets out the aims which includes:

    —  to promote Wales arts and artists overseas;

    —  to increase the arts economy of Wales through the export of cultural services;

    —  to promote an understanding in other countries of contemporary Wales through its arts and cultural industries;

    —  to enhance the availability of quality international arts in Wales; and

    —  to influence policy-making in the arts in Britain and Europe.

  We are also working closely with the National Assembly for Wales (NAfW) as part of their international Relations Co-ordinating committee. WAI have and are also working in partnership on a practical level in attending promotional events about Wales organised by the NAfW.

  We feel that the arts sector has much to offer in promoting Wales in the international scene. As you can see from the above we have started this process and would welcome any further opportunities to input into any future debate.

Frances Medley

Acting Chief Executive

25 September 2000

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