Auto Da Fé by John Akomfrah, the winner of the Artes Mundi prize this year. Image (c) Polly Thomas

Welsh Assembly looks to increase self-generated arts income

Jonathan Knott, 23.08.2017
Inquiry will examine efforts by arts council and other bodies
The Welsh Assembly is holding an inquiry into how the country’s arts sector can increase its income from non-government sources.

The assembly’s culture, Welsh language and communications committee will examine efforts to increase non-public arts funding, including earned income, philanthropic giving, and investment. Its scope includes work by the Arts Council of Wales, local authorities, artists and arts organisations.

The inquiry will also consider how the level of non-public funding in Wales compares to the rest of the UK, and look for examples of innovative approaches in other countries. The consultation closes on 25 August.

statement on the assembly’s website says that the Welsh secretary for economy and infrastructure Ken Skates has asked the arts council to “accelerate its work to help its portfolio organisations, and the wider sector, to increase their self-generated income”.

The assembly adds that £31.2m out of £31.7m allocated for the arts in its 2017-18 draft budget were given to the arts council, representing an increase of 3.5% in cash terms on the previous year.

The arts council’s national portfolio organisations include the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, Chapter arts centre in Cardiff and Artes Mundi, which runs a biennial contemporary art exhibition and prize.