Wales weighs in on future of art venues

24 June 2006, United Kingdom

The Welsh Government, in conjunction with the Arts Council of Wales, has released a report on the future display of art throughout the region. The independent report, produced in cooperation with Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales and the Arts Council, considers the fesability of a National Gallery of Wales and a National Centre for Contemporary Art. Areas and issues explored in the report include: the current infrastructure for the display of art in Wales; the case for a National Centre for Contemporary Art; and different models for development in the national display of art in Wales. Welsh Culture Minister, Alun Pugh, unveiled the document yesterday. ”This important piece of work provides a useful contribution to the debate about the future of the display of art in Wales and helpfully sets out some of the potential options for further consideration," the Minister said. "I will be considering how best to take this forward in conjunction with Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and the Arts Council of Wales and in the context of the new culture strategy that we are currently developing." Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Michael Houlihan, and David Alston, Arts Director at Arts Council of Wales, both welcomed the stody. “We look forward to working closely with the Welsh Assembly Government and the Arts Council of Wales on the feasibility study," said Houlihan. “The report is clear about the challenges facing Wales if it is to build on the developments of Galleries around the country and on the international profile gained by Wales at the Venice Biennale and through such exhibitions as Artes Mundi," added Alston. "The imperative to develop the possibilities and spaces for visual culture in Wales is clear, and here at the Arts Council of Wales, we will want to keep the momentum and contribute to making the propositions in the report, a reality.” To access the report in PDF format (in English and Welsh), CLICK HERE. For more information, CLICK HERE.