The Welsh Government elected at the 2021 Senedd election will have the power to make laws that affect the daily lives of artists, performers and creators the length and breadth of Wales. From the sectors’ recovery post-pandemic to funding for arts organisations and creative community projects, we gave the leaders of the main political parties a chance to share their vision for arts and culture in our election spotlight series. Today, Andrew RT Davies of the Welsh Conservatives outlines his party’s vision.
The arts and cultural sector took a real hammer blow from the devastating impact of the pandemic and lockdowns, and Welsh Conservatives were of course delighted to see that the sectors in Wales were supported by some £59 million from the UK Government.
The sector is much more than a business, but it is a strategic growth area and key to Wales’ economic success. It is also central to the nation’s continually evolving story and something Welsh Conservatives want to project worldwide.
But it’s time for decisive leadership, which has been lacking under Labour, and so a Welsh Conservative government would – among other actions – support major events such as the National Eisteddfod to bounce back from the pandemic and ensure the Welsh arts scene thrives for years to come.
You can read the Welsh Conservatives’ manifesto here.