Artform specific resources and links

Organisations (by artform)



Music Services in Wales

Cerdd Cymru

National Association for Music Educators (NAFME) UK

Welsh National Opera

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Community Music Wales

Sinfonia Cymru 

Mid Wales Opera 


Music Theatre Wales 

Live Music Now Cymru

Trac (Folk development for Wales)

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias

Music for Youth (England and Wales)

Sound Sense (UK)

The Association of British Orchestras

Youth Music (England and Wales)

Music Education Council

National Youth Arts Wales 

Ty Cerdd

Jazz Services Ltd (UK)



National Theatre Wales

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

National Youth Arts Wales – Theatre

National Association of Youth Theatres (UK)

National Youth Theatre (UK)

National Association for Teaching of Drama 

Clwyd Theatr Cymru  

Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People

Arad Goch

Cwmni’r Fran Wen

Hijinx Theatre

Sherman Cymru

Theatr Bara Caws

Theatr Ffynnon 

Theatr Na nÓg

Artworks at Valleys Kids

Volcano Theatre

Theatr Iolo

Taking Flight

Mess up the Mess

Sherman Cymru 


You can also search for theatre companies near you at on the Theatre Wales Website:




Visual and Applied Arts:

ENGAGE - Promotes access to and enjoyment of the visual arts, through training, innovative projects, publications and advocacy

National Society for Education in Art & Design (NSEAD), UK:

AccessArt: Sharing Visual Arts Inspiration: 

Lightbox (online resource for teachers and students of art): 

Lightbox's map of Galleries:

Axis Web - a network of visual artists. Opportunities can be publicised to artists through the website.


Collector Plan’s list of galleries across Wales 


Links to Arts Portfolio Wales Visual and Applied Arts organisations are listed below

Artes Mundi



Glynn vivian

Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre

Mission Gallery


Oriel Davies

Oriel Myrrdin

Ruthin Craft Centre



National Youth Dance Wales 

The Council for Dance Education and Training

Dance in Education Services 

Dance UK

One Dance UK/NDTA 

People Dancing

National Youth Arts Wales  

National Dance Company Wales 

Ballet Cymru 

Artis Community

Dawns i Bawb

TAN Dance 

NEW Dance 

Powys Dance 

Rubicon Dance 

Dance Blast 

Ballet Nimba Resources for Teachers

Dance UK – the industry body for dance 

People Dancing – the Foundation for community dance: 



Ffilm Cymru Wales the national body developing the film sector in Wales


Winding snake

Winding Snake aims to open up the experience of making animation and of developing media literacy skills to people and communities across Wales including schools.


Film Hub Wales

FHW aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places, one of none BFI Film Audience Network Film Hubs.


Into Film

Membership of the organisation is free for state-funded schools and organisations working with 5-19 year olds across the UK. The programme includes film clubs, filmmaking, learning resources, CPD, industry interactions and the annual Into Film Festival.



Film Education UK  promotes and supports the use of film within the curriculum.

BFI Film forever  

BFI aims to help people of all ages to understand and enjoy film.

Media ED – teach film, media and filmmaking

The UK media and moving image education site includes an interactive gude to using film in schools.

British Council – Film  

Links to articles about Film and Education

Edutopia - link to article on 7 teaching resources on film literacy


Circus / Outdoor Arts

NoFit State Circus 

Circus Futures – UK-based agency developing talent in circus 

Citrus Arts 


Xtrax - has a useful online directory of circus and outdoor arts 

Circomedia Bristol (including details of full-time training in contemporary circus) 

Creative Writing/Poetry:

Literature Wales

Apples and Snakes

The National Literacy Trust (London)

The Poetry Society

The Poetry Trust

Poetry Library 

National Association of Writers in Education 

Centre for Literacy in Primary Education



Literature Wales (search by storytelling)

Society for Storytelling (England and Wales)

The Crick Crack Club (UK)

The Story Museum


Writers in Schools


The National Association for Writers in Education’s website has wide-ranging and helpful information (some of wider use to practitioners of other art forms). See The Writers Compass Resource and publications list.


Literature Wales’s data base of writers in Wales, includes the facility to search for writers  working in and with schools.




Getting Started as a Writer in Education, by Roz Goddard, River Wolton and Wendy French, NAWE, 2011/2012.

Helpful introductory guides to working as a writer in schools, also relevant to other artforms.


Our thoughts are bees: Writers Working with Schools, by Mandy Coe and Jean Sprackland, Wordplay Press, 2005.

Practical information and advice on organising activities in schools, from the author talk to the long-term residency, for writers, teachers and co-ordinators.


Class Writing: A NAWE Research Report into the Writers-in-Schools Ecology, by Nick Owen and Paul Munden, NAWE, 2010.

Investigated the effectiveness of writers-in- residence working in schools and made recommendations for future partnerships between writers and teachers.


Writers in Schools, by Sue Horner, Arts Council England, 2010.

Report summarising project research and evaluations about writers in schools, analysing which methods are effective alongside the challenges faced.  Covers writer–teacher relationships, the training and development of teachers and writers; and questions about embedding practice.


Well Versed

Evaluation of poetry pilot which set out to improve the quality of poetry teaching and to enhance learning experiences across three English regions.


Talk for Writing

The Talk for Writing approach encourages children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. The website and the resources section have been developed for teachers, but are of wider interest to writers in schools.