Arts Council of Wales is an independent charity, established by Royal Charter in 1994. Its members are appointed by the Welsh Assembly Government’s Minister for Heritage. Their principal sponsor is the Welsh Assembly Government. They also distribute funding from the National Lottery and raise additional money where they can from a variety of public and private sector sources. Arts Council of Wales is the country’s main funding and development organisation for the arts.
Working together with the Welsh Assembly Government, they are able to show how the arts are helping to meet the Government’s One Wales policy ambitions. Their staff members are based in offices in Colwyn Bay, Carmarthen and Cardiff.
The British Council is the UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, aiming to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and to increase appreciation of the UK's creative ideas and achievements. It has an extensive international network of offices in 110 countries and it's arts work is led and co-ordinated through its Arts Group, based in London, but also with multi-disciplinary arts specialists based in its offices in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast.
They work closely with in-house experts in education, science and other disciplines, and with a wide range of arts and culture organisations and practising writers, filmmakers, performers, designers, artists and creative and cultural leaders in the UK and around the world. Throughout all their work they aim to give a modern, diverse picture of the United Kingdom, and to promote the debate of ideas by challenging opinions and increasing understanding between cultures.
The Welsh Government seeks to promote and support Welsh culture as part of its programme to increase the international profile and influence of Wales on the international stage.