Chairperson’s News

Dear Art Central Friends,  

Art Central review by Vale of Glamorgan Council

The consultation on the review of Art Central is ongoing. It is one of many things caught up in the Covid-19 crisis.

Although it is important to keep looking for opportunities to promote Art Central, more optimistically I can report that when the review was being considered by the Scrutiny Committee of the Vale of Glamorgan Council we had 6 attendees from committee to speak to the councillors in open session.

Those who attended were me, speaking on the general points and the Arts economy, Jane Salisbury on education, Alan Salisbury on managing a gallery, Jill Davies as a member of the public and of Art Central Friends, Eve Hart representing Vale of Glamorgan Artists (VOGA) and local artists, and Tony Curtis on joining up arts across the Vale. We did not just turn up and have a say. The session was planned by us. Each person was only meant to take 3 minutes. We made sure that we were not going to say the same thing over and over again. We were well organised. The Scrutiny Committee could see the enthusiasm that we all put forward. All of us were well received and we came away with a positive feeling.

No matter how positive we felt, we continued to promote Art Central and we had a good turnout at the next exhibition when we were able to mix with councillors and engage them in positive conversation.

There is no indication when this review will be completed. Bear in mind that positive responses can sometimes be given because they are the easiest responses to give. Promoting the value of Art Central is our priority during what may otherwise be a period of inactivity.

I urge everybody to continue to be positive about the gallery and whenever possible promote it as a vital part of the Arts in the Vale.

Dennis Clarke, Chair, Art Central Friends

Link to consultation page:

The Survey link is on their webpage.

Forthcoming events may be found with more detailed information on the Vale’s website as it becomes available. Please see: and

Life Drawing Sessions at £12 each on Thursday afternoons 1-4pm at St Francis Millennium Hall, Barry have been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic.

[Other events are on the Events for Friends page under News & Events]