Developing a Cultural Network for Merthyr Tydfil

October 2021 – May 2022

This project was funded by Arts Council of Wales under the Connect and Flourish programme, led by Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, Theatr Soar, Merthyr Council Regeneration Department, and The College, Merthyr Tydfil. The idea was to develop a Cultural Network for Merthyr Tydfil. This short development project engaged with people in the cultural sector across Merthyr Tydfil, as well as people working with different groups and communities who may benefit from the existence of a network.

The methods included a survey to gather ideas and experiences; conversations with individuals and organisations; and two World Café events (one online and one face to face).

The findings showed a strong appetite for a cultural network. There were several ideas on potential models the network could follow, and a strong sense that the values of the network should underpin its activities. These values focused on inclusivity, accessibility, safe spaces, co-operation, sustainability, commitment and integrity.

The final report is available in Welsh and English below: