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 usually 1hr 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. 
  • 31 March 2022 - Creativity and connection in older age, featuring ‘Men Who Sing’, a documentary about a male voice choir from Flintshire, and Age Cymru.
  • 21 April 2023: Evaluating creative activities - Learning and sharing (part 1), with guest speaker Mike Corcoran, Consultant and Evaluation Lead with Co-production Lab Wales ( 
  • 5 May 2023: Evaluating creative activities - Learning and sharing (part 2), guest speakers Leila Jancovich, Professor in Cultural Policy and Participation, University of Leeds, and one of the founders of the FailSpace project, and Nick Andrews, Research and Practice Development Officer, Swansea University ( 
  • 16 June 2023: Gateways into Creativity, with guest speaker artist Marion Cheung (
  • 25 October 2023: Drawing with Senses, with guest speaker Jane Barnes, Executive Director ( 

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.