Arts Council of Wales | Artform definitions - Online Grant Application Help Note

Artform definitions - Online Grant Application Help Note

We collect and monitor information about funding that has been awarded to each artform. This helps us report in detail on the money that has been spent and also helps us to target funding where it is needed most.

In the table provided, please use a percentage to indicate the proportion of your activity that relates to each artform. For example, if your project is purely related to dance activity, put 100% next to dance in the table. If your project involves more than one artform, please estimate the percentages of the artforms included, for example, dance 20%, drama 50%, music 30% depending on your project plan. These must add up to 100%. These percentages may be amended on completion of your project.

To help you select the appropriate artform headings for your activity, the table below shows examples of activity that are included under the main headings.



Film/Video screenings

All screenings to the public, mainstream cinema, art-house-cinema, specialist cinema, screenings of ‘live’ performances of theatre, opera, ballet etc.

Combined Arts/Multi-disciplinary arts

Carnival, Truly multi-disciplinary festivals and events, community combined art. Single focus festivals should be coded to the specific art form.


Ceramics, Textiles (including knitting & embroidery) Jewellery, Silver, Other Metal, Weaving, Furniture, Wood, Leather, Stone, Glass, Paper (excluding graphic craft), Synthetic Materials (including plastics), Mixed Media, Graphic Arts (including calligraphy, sign writing & book binding).


Ballet, Community dance, Contemporary dance, Traditional dance, Youth dance, Culturally-specific dance, Welsh dance, Irish dance, Scottish dance, South Asian dance, African dance, Other dance.


Children’s and young peoples theatre, Classical plays, Community theatre, Contemporary plays, Experimental (including visual & digital theatre), Mime, Physical theatre, New writing, Street theatre, Circus, Theatre in education, Youth theatre, Irish language theatre, Welsh language theatre, Other drama/theatre.

Film Production

Any production of a film by a workshop/participatory group


Live literature (including performance poetry), Poetry, Prose, fiction, Prose, non-fiction, Publishing (print and web-based work), Storytelling, Youth literature, Library events, Literary talks, Other literature.


Brass and Silver Bands, Chamber, Choral/gospel, Classical/orchestral, Community music, Contemporary Classical, Contemporary popular, Early music, Baroque, Experimental and electronic music, Jazz/improvised music, Roots/folk, Traditional music, World music, Youth music, culturally specific, barber shop, Irish music, Welsh music, Scottish music, flute / accordion and pipe, Other music.


Opera and Music Theatre

Public Art

Visual art and craft located in a public space landscape/environmental art. It is in the public realm, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is acquired through public or private funding.

Theatre Entertainment

Cabaret, Comedy, Comedians, Musicals, Pantomime, Puppetry, Variety, Family Entertainment.

Visual Arts

Animation, Fine art, Graphic art/illustration, Live art, Moving image (artists film and video), New media, Digital Media, Performance art, Photography, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing, Print-making, Installation / site specific Art, Multimedia Art, Sonic Art, Computer-generated Art, Murals.

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