British Council Wales has commissioned Visiting Arts to lead research into international showcasing to help inform Wales’ overall strategy, working with and consulting with the local arts sector. Mae'r Cyngor Prydeinig wedi comisiynu ymchwil ar yr opsiynau ar gyfer arddangos celfyddydau Cymru yn rhyngwladol ac ar effaith hynny.
The debate on the optimum international showcasing is always a vexed question in small nations. It is very timely that this opportunity arises to look at fresh ideas and options. These range from creating a large scale cross sectoral festival, to single sector international showcasing, to strategies to engage individual artists and organisations in international work. The solutions will depend on resources, context, current place in the international sector and, crucially, the desires and ambitions of the Welsh sector itself.
This research will draw together those strands, examine existing impact studies and make recommendations based on solid value for money and returns on investment.
Practitioners and organisations working in the arts in Wales were invited to help shape the international showcasing opportunities for their work by participating an online survey and at focus groups in Llandudno, Aberystwyth, and Swansea in May 2018. Interviews with key local and international contacts are being conducted.
Visiting Arts works across the UK and internationally on research, training, networking and residencies. It was the EU Cultural Contact Point for the UK and runs the annual event for producers focused on international work at the Edinburgh International Festival. Visiting Arts has a strong relationship with Wales, and most recently delivered Kick Start: Cardiff, inviting 13 international creative entrepreneurs to the Wales.
Visiting Arts' research work includes the UK Mapping of International working for ACE, the UK and China; needs analysis for the British Council. Leading on the project, Yvette Vaughan Jones has worked in Wales since 1994, authored many international policy documents, and set up Wales Arts International in response to the question of international showcasing which has long been a keen issue in Wales. She was also brought in to write the Cardiff bid for European Capital of Culture 2008 which had at its heart, the desire to showcase internationally the best of culture in Cardiff and Wales.