It is clear that there can never be enough done to promote the immense talent that is in this part of the world. Never enough people shouting about the extraordinary creativity and never enough said about the uniquely skilled craftsmen who have great value to offer the world. Social media and internet technologies are liberating talent in ways that we could never have anticipated. We live in extraordinary times where it becomes necessary to explore our individuality, our specialisms and our interests with the very specific intent of being heard in a noisy and crowded world.
August 2013 and it is time for the beginnings of the latest incarnation of this website to evolve. I have stripped it right back to the bare bones with the view to re-constructing it inline with our needs and wants. The software platform has been completely rebuilt, most of the out of date content zapped and we are working on ways to make this site a useful and inspiring resource for artists and arts businesses in Wales.
The Vision - Arts in Wales
Since the first iteration built back in 2005, there is little left of the original content but the intention remains the same - to champion talent of Wales and I would love you to join me.
As I said originally, if you have never been in a room full of creative minds all talking at once buzzing with inspiration, ideas, thoughts, funny stories and lamentable tales - then you haven't lived. The energy is amazing, the ideas - incredible and the enthusiasm is awesome.
But how often - with our busy lives and geographic restrictions can we indulge in such luxuries? For most - rarely. So this site has been designed to go some way towards creating a virtual meeting place where creative individuals can congregate, share their thoughts, passions, inspirations ideas and wisdom.. It has been designed so that it can grow organically according to the needs and wants of the arts community in and around Wales.
Through online content, virtual events, workshops, talks and exhibitions I seek to make an impact on the Arts community by enabling people who share a similar passion for what we do to come together.
Entrepreneurial Arts Network
My intention is to focus on sharing experience and expertise for developing entrepreneurial arts businesses which aim to create commercially focused arts enterprises without compromising the artistic integrity of their creativity. Later this year, I will be looking at setting up an Entrepreneurial Arts Network for artists and creatives seeking to connect with other like-minded people. My belief is that there are many ways of capitalising on talent, exploring the numerous avenues for reaching new customers across the globe. With consistent income, we become empowered to create sustainable businesses that continue to feed those things that bring us inspiration allowing us to explore the depth and breadth of our art.
Over time I aim to reinvigorate the original plan to create a place where artists can express what they want. Somewhere where they can voice their concerns, reveal their fantasies, share ambitions, connect with other like-minded souls, and find the resources most needed.
An arts community that will grow according to the needs and wishes of a group of creative people who all share a common desire to follow their inspirations, support and enjoy the arts, and benefit from mutually beneficial activities - not forgetting of course that we all share an interest in this fabulous region of the world - Wales.
Who is www.arts-wales.co.uk for?
Artists, arts appreciators, arts practitioners and arts professionals. It is also for business services and supplies, arts suppliers etc who all provide valuable services for the arts community. In fact this site is for anyone who has a passion for art in all its forms, for Wales for all that it offers and for the ingenious people who come up with the most incredible ways of expressing who they are.
Artist, Designer and Marketing Consultant
Founder of www.Arts-Wales.co.uk