Responding to today's draft budget announcement, which saw the funding for the Arts Council of Wales remain static, Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales said:

“This is a very welcome announcement.  No-one can be unaware of the significant pressures that the Welsh Government currently faces and this is an important reaffirmation of the vital importance of the arts in supporting the well-being of the people of Wales. 

"Throughout the Covid pandemic artists and arts organisations have shown great imagination and resilience in providing opportunities for enjoyment, inspiration and solace during times of unprecedented crisis and difficulty. 

"The Welsh Government’s support allows this to continue and will help protect jobs and livelihoods across the arts and the creative industries.  The Arts Council meets next month to confirm its spending plans for 2021/22.”

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Details of the budget can be accessed by clicking here (link to Welsh Government website)