Arts Council of Wales

The Arts Council of Wales (ACW; Welsh: Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru) is a Welsh Government-sponsored body, responsible for funding and developing the arts in Wales.

Arts Council of Wales
Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru
Welsh Government Sponsored Body overview
Formed1946 (1946)
JurisdictionWelsh Government
HeadquartersWales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff
51°27′55″N 3°09′45″W / 51.4653°N 3.1625°W / 51.4653; -3.1625Coordinates: 51°27′55″N 3°09′45″W / 51.4653°N 3.1625°W / 51.4653; -3.1625
Minister responsible
  • Culture, tourism and sport
Welsh Government Sponsored Body executive
Arts Council of Wales at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff

Established within the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1946, as the Welsh Arts Council (Welsh: Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru),[1] its English name was changed to the Arts Council of Wales when it was independently established by royal charter on 30 March 1994 (the Welsh name remained the same), upon its merger with the three Welsh regional arts associations. It became accountable to the National Assembly for Wales on 1 July 1999, when responsibility was transferred from the Secretary of State for Wales. The Welsh Government provides ACW with money to fund the arts in Wales. ACW also distributes National Lottery funding for the arts in Wales, allocated by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The Arts Council of Wales is a registered charity under English law[2] and has a board of trustees who meet six times a year, chaired by Phil George. Apart from the Chair, Council members are not paid; they are appointed by the Welsh Government. The Arts Council of Wales has offices in Colwyn Bay, Carmarthen and Cardiff. Nick Capaldi was its chief executive from 2008 until September 2021.

The Arts Council partners with the National Eisteddfod of Wales to produce its annual "Y Lle Celf" exhibition of Welsh art, craft and design.[3]


  1. ^ "National Library of Wales > Welsh Arts Council Archives". Archives Wales. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  2. ^ "CYNGOR CELFYDDYDAU CYMRU, registered charity no. 1034245". Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  3. ^ "Y Lle Celf goes underground for 2010 Eisteddfod". BBC Wales Arts. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2018.

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