Creative Lives hosts an online network to connect anyone working in, or with an interest in, local arts development in Wales. 


The aims of the network are:

  • to offer opportunities to share and celebrate the work that takes place across Wales;
  • to link local arts development with national policy;
  • to provide opportunities for collaboration;
  • and to provide mutual support to local arts development. 

The meetings are at 9:30am on the first Thursday of the month via Zoom. 

Next meeting
  • TBC

Meeting archive
  • 4 June 2020 - Inaugural meeting
  • 2 July 2020 - Information exchange 
  • 6 August 2020 - New opportunities for collaboration
  • 3 September 2020 - Making the case - Demonstrating the effectiveness of our work
  • 1 October 2020 - Restarting arts activity in Wales 
  • 5 November 2020 - Imperfect Continuity - What can we do to ensure our work continues to develop? 
  • 3 December 2020 - Looking Ahead - As this turbulent year draws to a close, what can we learn and build on in 2021?
  • 7 January 2021 - Blended Activities - How can we plan for blended provision: delivering a mix of in-person and at-distance arts activities? 
  • 4 February 2021 - Creative Recovery - with Pippa Coutts, Policy and Development Manager, Carnegie UK, Naz Syed, Community Artist, Ziba Creative and Coordinator, Newport Fusion, and Robin Simpson, Chief Executive, Voluntary Arts 
  • 4 March 2021 - Coping Creatively: What are the methods and messages for promoting creative activity as a coping mechanism? 
  • 6 May 2021 - Creativity and Social Connection: What is the role of the arts in helping tackle the loneliness caused by the pandemic? 
  • 1 July 2021 - The Arts in Wales as an Ecosystem, with guest speaker Prof John Holden. 
  • 5 August 2021 - The future of online meetings.
  • 2 September 2021 - One Person, Multiple Roles, with guest speaker Joy Kent. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Gareth Coles on [email protected] 

We’re very grateful to the Arts Council of Wales for their support for this venture.