Over 650 representatives from across the art forms attended a recent What Next? event in the Palace Theatre London to discuss the national campaign for the visual arts and set a date for a regional meeting. A video from the conference is now online and a date for the next meeting has been scheduled for 5 June at 5pm at the Brighton Dome.


What Next? is a growing collective of arts and cultural organisations and individuals aiming “to engage the public in new and different conversations about how and why the arts are important, and become a catalyst for fresh thinking and new policy ideas.” Its voice is gathering momentum across the cultural sector.


The Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN) South East is keen that its partners get involved to make sure that the visual arts are well represented and is now working on the What Next? grid which is being piloted in the South East. CVAN South East also wants to hear what groups have been doing. A plan from one of the branches is to take collective actions every two weeks and report at their weekly What Next? meetings. Their first collective action is to hold internal staff briefings for those who didn’t attend the conference and they’ll report on progress via twitter #wn2013. Groups can also share stories using the same hashtag and help to build a national picture of the progress being made.


For anyone interested in joining a group or starting one, visit the How? page on the website.


For anyone interested in signing up to the What Next? grid or who would like to be reminded of the other suggestions for action, visit theĀ What Next? website.


What Next? is a movement, not an organisation or a campaign, bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK, to articulate and strengthen the role of culture in our society.