Arts Council of Wales

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The Arts Council of Wales (ACW; Welsh: Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru) is a Welsh Government-sponsored body, responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales.

Established by Royal Charter in 1946, as the Welsh Arts Council (Welsh: Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru,[1] its English name was changed to the Arts Council of Wales in 1994 (the Welsh name remained the same), when it merged with the three Welsh regional arts associations. It became accountable to the National Assembly for Wales on 1 July 1999, when responsibility was transferred from the Secretary of State for Wales. The Welsh Government provides ACW with money to fund the arts in Wales. ACW also distributes National Lottery funding for the arts in Wales, allocated by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

As a registered charity, the Arts Council of Wales has a board of trustees who meet six times a year, chaired by Professor Dai Smith. Apart from the Chair, Council members are not paid; they are appointed by the Welsh Government. The Arts Council of Wales has offices in Colwyn Bay, Carmarthen and Cardiff. Nick Capaldi has been its chief executive since 2008.

In 2015, the Arts Council of Wales provided funding for a theatrical performance at the festival Supernormal in Braziers Park, Oxfordshire. The play was poorly received, garnering reviews such as "incoherent and aimless",[2] "an affront to the Welsh peoples"[3] and "an unmitigated disaster".[4] The performance has been condemned by many as an example of over-profligate spending on the part of Arts Councils of the UK[citation needed].


  1. ^ "National Library of Wales > Welsh Arts Council Archives". Archives Wales. Retrieved 2011-06-15. 
  2. ^ Jones, O, The Guardian, August 2015
  3. ^ Liddle, R, The Spectator, August 2015
  4. ^ Spicer, D, The Wire, August 2015

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