Wales was the first nation in the world to put the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into legislation. The Wellbeing of Future Generations act and its seven goals now offer a recovery framework to reset our cultural priorities and relationships in the wake of Covid-19.

The cultural arm of the United Nations, UNESCO, has established the ResiliArt global movement to shed light on the current state of creative and cultural industries, engaging with key industry professionals globally for their views and capturing experiences of resilience from artists – both established and emerging – on social media. Together, it raises awareness about the far-reaching impact of COVID-19 across the sector and aims at supporting artists during and following the crisis.

ResiliArt Cymru will use the Wellbeing goals in Wales within a wider UNESCO context to structure conversation and action, to share and learn from artists and activists from across the world.

We want this to be an informal, evolving and dynamic discussion focussing on:

- what is the opportunity to place wellbeing at the centre of cultural life in and after a global pandemic?

- how we can use the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act as a piece of landmark legislation in Wales to enact and to share and learn with others internationally through the arts and culture?  

Wales’ first ResiliArt movement conversation will take place 4:00 - 5:15pm on the 22nd of July, facilitated by Catherine Paskell from Dirty Protest. It is enabled with the support of Wales Arts International. 

What is ResiliArt?

ResiliArt is a global programme with over 50 countries so far. It's an online platform to connect internationally and share artists' experience, fragility and resilience in the global pandemic. Wales will be the first to join from the UK. 

We believe that the UNESCO platform can help to connect Wales with the world in a global pandemic, building Wales' artists' international networks and connecting the world to Wales' artists.


ResiliArt Cymru first session:

Dirty Protest’s Catherine Paskell will be hosting this kick off beginner’s session starting with a conversation with People’s Palace ProjectRosie Dow and Sarah Younan, followed by discussion to help us ask what we want from this global movement and what we want from future sessions.


Dirty Protest are currently collaborators on Building the Barricades, an action research project led by People’s Palace Projects in Rio De Janeiro. The research seeks to bring new understanding about the mental health and wellbeing of people living within a community subject to multiple stress factors (socio-economic exclusion, high levels of violence, limited access to cultural networks and institutions, etc) where daily lives are circumscribed by multi-faceted armed regulation and combat resulting from the so-called ‘war on drugs’.

The project has grown to include 6 young artists and a network of people who use crack in the open favela spaces, who are using writing, music and performing arts to build their resilience against multiple stress factors such as structural social and racial inequality, State violence and negligence and COVID-19.

Catherine will be joined by Paul Heritage from People’s Palace Projects and MC Martina and Matheus Araújo, two of the young Brazilian artists involved in the project, to have a conversation about how we can learn from the practices of these young people and the project, how we can build international networks, innovate in technology and centre wellbeing into our arts practice and audience engagement.

Rosie Dow is manager for Y Lab’s Arts and Health programme, working with Arts Council Wales and the NHS to explore how arts interventions can play a more prominent role in the health and wellbeing of people in Wales. She also works with Nesta's People Powered Results team to provide coaching to the teams in each Health Board to facilitate innovation and change via the chosen method for this programme, the 100 Day Challenge.

Sarah Younan is a failed artist who found employment in the heritage sector. She works with young people at the National Museum of Wales and (to her own surprise) was successful in her application as an Arts Council board member in 2019. She is hugely interested in processes of cultural democracy, community engagement and youth leadership. Due to poor life choices Sarah also holds a PhD in ceramics. Sarah will be joining us to speak from her personal experience and point of view, please do not take anything she says as representative of council or the museum. She values her role in both institutions and would like to keep it.


ResiliArt Cymru is open to everyone. The discussion will be hosted on Zoom, with an opportunity to watch a livestream on WAI’s Facebook page.

We can offer BSL interpretation, speech to text and audio description if you let us know your needs in advance. Please let us know on our event registration form.

The panel discussion will take place 4:00pm - 4:45pm and discussion / debate 4:45pm - 5:15pm.

You can send us comments, questions or thoughts in advance by sharing them on social media. Tag us @WAICymruWales and use #ResiliArtCymru or email

Register for the event here: ResiliArt Cymru 22 July 2020

Registration is open until 5pm, 21 July 2020.

Register for the event here: ResiliArt Cymru -  4pm, 22 July 2020.