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Powys Arts Strategy

How to have your say?


Powys County Council’s (PCC) Arts Service does not directly deliver any arts activities, but currently contracts services from various independent arts organisations to deliver arts provision across Powys.  These arts organisations currently provide theatre, dance, music, visual and digital arts, performing arts festivals and crafts. 

There are many more individual artists and arts organisations, throughout the County, that offer a huge range of arts events, activities and projects which PCC do not directly fund; they are most commonly funded by the Arts Council of Wales, in addition to other public and charitable trusts and foundations. Many other arts organisations survive entirely through voluntary contributions or their own commercial activities.

PCC have commissioned Richie Turner Associates to undertake a review of current arts service provision in Powys, and work with PCC staff, Powys venues, the wider arts sector, and their communities to co-develop a new arts strategy and delivery plan. PCC most importantly want this new arts strategy to be led by, and co-produced, with the arts sector in Powys, and which supports and promotes their development plans, demonstrating how these align with and deliver against Powys County Council’s corporate plan which are to create a ‘Stronger, Fairer, Greener” county and with objectives:

●  We will improve people’s awareness of services, and how to access them, so that they can make informed choices. 

●  We will support good quality, sustainable, employment, providing training opportunities, and pursuing real living wage employer accreditation. 

●  We will work to tackle poverty and inequality to support the well-being of the people of Powys. 

We want to hear the views of everyone who lives or works in Powys; whether you work in the arts sector or not? 

You can respond to this consultation, on a new arts strategy, in a number of ways:

  • Attend one of the consultation meetings:
    • Brecon Wednesday 19th April: 2pm – 4pm Artists and Arts Organisations (register here) / 5.30pm – 7.30pm an Open public meeting (register here)
    • Newtown Thursday 20th April: 3.30pm – 5.30pm Open to Artists, Arts Organisations and Public (register here)
    • Rhyader Friday 21st April: 3pm – 5pm Open to Artists, Arts Organisations and Public (register here)
  • Attend our online meetings Saturday 22nd April: 10am-midday Open to Artists, Arts Organisations and Public (register here)
  • See our accessibility page for how to respond if you are a D/deaf or disabled person
  • Complete the online survey which includes a BSL version (opens in a new window) – we’ve extended the deadline to Midnight 8th May 2023
  • Please share this consultation information with colleagues, friends and family members too!