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Powys Arts Forum helps join up and encourage arts activity across the county, providing:-

  • A voice in shaping programmes and policy
  • A forum to express your ideas and concerns
  • An opportunity to network with like-minded people

How Do I Join? Click here to go to our membership page. Membership is only £5 a year for individuals £25 for groups and organisations - and is an invaluable way of showing your support for the Forum.

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Has your membership lapsed?

To take advantage of our networks and new developments for 2014-15, please go to our membership page to renew.

Following on from the great success of Powys Arts Month in 2011, Powys Arts forum are excited to announce an even bigger splash with Powys Arts Month, May 2014.

PAM is a county-wide celebration of the dynamic arts activity that encompasses all art forms from fine arts to crafts, from music to performance, from photography to film.

It offers artists in all fields the opportunity to highlight their skills and works and through collaborating with PAM to draw attention to the significant range of professional artists working in Powys.

As part of PAM, the Powys Arts Forum will be announcing 3 commissions - each linked to a high-profile, well-established and exciting cultural event which takes place in Powys in May:

To find out more about the commissions click here.

To download an Arts Month application form, click here

To download the guidelines, click here

Budget Cuts Consultation

Powys County Council are running a series of 2 hour workshops during the week commencing 13th January to look in more detail about the options and proposals for changes to the Local Authority?s expenditure.

Anyone wishing to attend any of the events needs to book their place with the local authority in advance. (Please click to download details of how to book)

In addition there is also the opportunity to give your views of the Local Authority?s proposals (to form part of a collective response on behalf of Community and Voluntary organisations in Powys) at PAVO?s ?Winter Warmer? drop in events on:

  • Tuesday 14th January? Plas Dolerw, Milford Road, Newtown  4.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 15th January -  Elim Church Centre Conference Room, Canal Road,  Brecon 4.30pm - 7.30pm (this will be a joint event with Powys County Council)
  • Thursday 16th January ? PAVO Offices, Unit 30, Ddole Road Industrial Estate, Llandrindod Wells 4.00pm - 7.00pm


Arts Council of Wales have announced 4 new regional meetings to discuss how, in these uncertain economic times when national and local government face unprecedented financial pressures, we can work together to ensure that the value of the arts in Wales doesn't get lost?

For more information and to book your place go to:


The Forum Makes the Case

Lure by Helen Sear at Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown (school visit)

This is the time of year when budgets are under discussion at county councils, so once more the question of cuts to the arts budgets are raised.

While we understand that times are hard, we are aware that the money that goes into our work, particularly through the Community Regeneration Grant Funds, is vital to the prosperity of Powys.

That's because it not only supports the vibrant and diverse communities of Pows, but also levers money from other grants, commissions, box office and sales of work into the Powys economy. For every £1 spent there is probably £10 returned.

Not everyone understands that, however, so we have put together a document outlining the case. The work has been carried out by Lydia Bassett, one of our trustees, with extensive support from Kayte Phillips.

You can download the document here. It is very much the beginning of the conversation rather than the end, so please fill in any gaps and add your own stories. You can contact the Forum through

Kayte Phillips, administrator

Lydia Bassett, report author circuit(at)


The 2013 Powys Arts Conference SURVIVE & THRIVE took place on Thursday 25th April at Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells.

To download a copy of the Conference Report, please click here


To list your opportunity, please email:


lastest news from ACW

April 2014 will see the release of her new album entitled The Phoenix and the Turtle. Released by Les Cousins, April 22nd 2014, Beverley Martyn and her full band will be playing, Bush Hall, London, April 29th, 2014, to coincide with the release. Tickets priced at £15.00 in advance. Box Office: 020 8222 6955.

Arts Council of Wales today announces the development of a new initiative â?? A National Disabled Visitorsâ?? Card Scheme.

Chapter Capital Alliance is seeking Expressions of Interest from inspirational architectural practices to develop innovative design solutions for its ambitious new development.

Arts Council of Wales Officer

Development Officer for Mid and West Wales:

Jacqueline Brown

Arts Council of Wales
Bute Place
CF10 5AL

029 2044 1387