‘Culture Shift: How Artists are responding to sustainability in Wales’ is a research report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales in 2014 and was launched on 12th of November 2014 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales. ‘Culture Shift’ gives an overview of the many pioneering sustainable arts initiatives currently operating across Wales. The report is a witness to what is going on already. It is also intended as a statement of intent and a call to action. It highlights the power of the arts to contribute towards or even take a leading role in the transition to a life-sustaining society. It is hoped that this report will contribute towards future arts policy within the context of the Welsh Government’s ‘Well-being of Future Generations’ Bill’.
The report draws attention to how a growing number of artists are leading a paradigm shift in values and relationships around access to future resources. It contains recommendations to the Arts Council of Wales regarding future arts policy in supporting the development of such pioneering practice. It is backed up by case studies and interviews from many artists and organisations and builds on the results from a sector wide survey conducted in spring 2014. The appendices to the report give the survey data in more detail as well as naming many projects, formative books, articles, useful resources, contacts and organisations.