We're looking for an individual or organisation to deliver a series of stakeholder conversations about widening creative and cultural engagement with communities across Wales.

 

We’re committed to the principle of cultural democracy, and for the communities we engage with to have ownership of arts projects from beginning to end. We’re committed to deep and meaningful engagement with communities, particularly those who feel separated or disconnected from arts activity for a number of reasons – including, but not restricted to, economic, social and geographical considerations.

Research has shown us that, despite targeted initiatives, we are not reaching as deeply into disengaged and disadvantaged communities as we would wish. We have more to do to ensure equality of opportunity across our communities.

Last year we commissioned a piece of work looking at the community and engagement work we’ve been supporting and delivering across Wales. The purpose of this research was to suggest ways in which this aspect of our work could be improved. The concluding report provided us with food for thought around a range of potential next steps’ but there’s an important piece of work that we need. This is what we’re now intending to commission.

In time, we want to have a strategic programme that promotes broad and inclusive engagement with our most deprived communities. But before we do, we need to hear what those community stakeholders themselves have to say about engaging in creative activity, and what support might look like if they’re to be enabled to do this

We’re not necessarily the right people to do this work ourselves, so we’re looking for some help.

We envisage that we’ll commission one or more organisations or individuals to undertake work on our behalf. This will involve engaging with a range of community groups and representatives to identify what these communities themselves would want from a programme designed to fund creative activity in their locality. We’d like to know what it might look like, how it could be organised and how it would widen arts engagement.

Communities themselves must be the focus of this research. We specifically don’t want a piece of work that simply identifies those who we routinely work with. We’re particularly interested in understanding better the interests, ambitions, frustrations of those who, for whatever reason, choose to believe that the arts “aren’t for them”.

Of course, communities across Wales are not homogenous. Different communities will have distinct identities defined by language, locality, gender and ethnicity. There will be many reasons, therefore, why people will feel that they face barriers to enjoying and taking part in the arts.

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