Gwaith Ymchwil

Invitation to Tender:

Research into Family Arts and Cultural Activities in Cardiff on behalf of the Cardiff Family Arts Network


During 2015, 13 arts and heritage organisations delivered arts events for families in Cardiff under the Get Creative Family Arts Campaign UK umbrella, offering a wide range of opportunities for families to attend and participate in. Alongside this activity, organisations ranging from venues, theatres, literature, dance and orchestral touring companies based in Cardiff signed up to the Family Arts Standards.

Cardiff Family Arts Network

There is now a core of organisations committed to developing a Family Arts Network for Cardiff and members include organisations such as Theatr Iolo, Chapter Arts Centre, Artes Mundi, BBC NOW, Literature Wales, National Dance Company Wales, The Printhaus, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Sinfonia Cymru and many more. These organisations want to work together to improve, better communicate and enhance family arts and cultural activities on offer in the Welsh capital. In a step towards fulfilling these aims the consortia of organisations successfully applied to ACW’s Sharing Together Fund for a small pot of money to facilitate the formation of a Family Arts Network in Cardiff.

The Tender

The Cardiff Family Arts Network would like to commission research into existing family arts and cultural activities in Cardiff, to gain detailed insight into what is currently on offer, when activity takes place and who organises activities for families. Members are aware of overlap, duplication and challenges with marketing and communication and the results of this research should clearly highlight these.

The successful applicant will be tasked with:

Mapping patterns of arts and cultural activity for families throughout the city, throughout the year.

Identifying communication channels utilised to market activities and engage with family audiences

Consulting with a number of representative organisations to gain a deeper insight into the nature of family activities on offer.


It is expected that the research will inform future strategies to communicate family arts and cultural activity more effectively

We are not expecting the research to identify every individual or organisation that is working with families in the area, but to map the activities of those that are involved in the Cardiff Family Arts Network and additional organisations, producers and providers that it would be pertinent to include. An outline list will be agreed, with the successful applicant, prior to the commencement of the research.

We are expecting a report that:


mapping current family arts and cultural activities on offer in Cardiff, with primary focus on activities in the financial year 2016/17.

Scoping the range of organisations involved in producing, commissioning and programming family arts activities in Cardiff

Maps key current activities (projects, initiatives, organisations et.) in Cardiff. This mapping should include contact details and a description of their current family arts activities on offer, as well as an indication of future plans and ambition.

Identifies any peaks or trends in the programming of family arts activity in Cardiff.

Identifies and summarises communication methods and channels used.

The report may use a combination of written material, infographics, illustration or other methods to clearly map the research findings. The final report will need to be available in Welsh and English and we anticipate making it available to all participants in the study as well as, potentially, to the wider arts community.

Knowledge, skills and expertise

This review requires the following expertise, skills and attributes:

Experience of undertaking research.

Excellent analytical and interpretative skills.

A familiarity with the issues of arts and cultural provision for family audiences and the ability to

take part in discussion and debate.

Strong project management experience, including demonstrable ability to deliver research on


Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Timescale and location

It is envisaged that the work will commence in December 2016 and the final report will need to be delivered by 28 February 2017. It is expected that the consultant(s) will work from home/remotely, although office space (and access to telephones) could be made available on occasion.


The total fee (including any travel) for this contract is: 1,800 (inclusive of VAT) No additional costs or other expenses will be covered.
The payment schedule will be agreed following appointment.

How to apply and deadline

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and short proposal (max. two pages) of how you would approach and deliver this work (including time-scale, number of working days, budget breakdown) and outlining any thinking as to the methods you might use to present the findings).

Closing Date: 5.00 pm, Monday 21 November 2016
Interviews: Wednesday 30 November 2016 (times to be confirmed)

Submissions and enquiries should be made to:

Megan Childs, Theatr Iolo, c/o Chapter Arts Centre, Market House, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1 QE Tel: 02920 613782, Email:

This tender is commissioned on behalf of the Cardiff Family Arts Network and generously funded by the Arts Council of Wales’ Sharing Together Fund 

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Dylid anfon cyflwyniadau ac ymholiadau at: Megan Childs, Theatr Iolo, t / l Canolfan Gelfyddydau Chapter, Tŷ'r Farchnad, Heol y Farchnad, Caerdydd, CF5 1QE Ffôn: 02920 613782 E-bost: