Arts Council of Wales consults on lottery spending strategy

Arts council seeks to make funding more universally accessible
Miles Rowland
A new consultation paper launched by Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru (the Arts Council of Wales) is asking stakeholders and the public for their input on how best to spend National Lottery funding.

The arts council, which is responsible for funding art organisations and artists in Wales, places a strong emphasis in the paper on its desire to make the arts more inclusive.

Kath Davies, the council's director of investment and funding services, said: "We have been acting as a lottery funds distributor since 1995, and during the past 23 years have funded 13,502 projects across Wales and distributed £287m of lottery funds. But nothing stands still, so we are beginning one of our most ambitious consultations ever, and we are inviting everyone in Wales to contribute to it."

The paper consists of 12 topics, each exploring a different element that the council wishes to consult on. At the end of each topic, the reader is encouraged to give their feedback on the arts council's proposed solutions, and to contribute their own ideas.

These topics include sections on how to increase the number of disabled people and those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds in the arts sector, as well how to reach out to organisations in certain geographical areas that had not previously received funding.

Another topic is the arts council's intention to fund more projects in the Welsh language, which could see a greater number of the 67 institutions on Arts Portfolio Wales, the council's regular funding programme, hosting exhibitions and events in Welsh.

Finally, the council is pledging to make it easier for organisations to apply for funding by removing the many different application categories. The paper floats the possible introduction of a "super-fast" application for smaller amounts of funding.

The consultation closes on 15 February 2019.

Contributions to the consultation can be made online here.

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