As an exiled Welshman, it took for me the chance discovery in a Visual Culture of Wales project to get a real perspective on the development of Welsh art. Richard Wilson and Thomas Jones were just names from the Tate Gallery, even though Wilson had lived up the road from where I was born.
In Ireland, an artist such as Jack B Yeats is a national institution and Ireland has managed to present an exciting cultural mix of art, tradition, literature and contemporary music. Yeats, James Joyce, U2 and Dublin's energy have replaced harps and leprechauns as cultural icons. If Estyn's enlightened outlook helps Wales to enjoy its successes, showing the parallels between today's thriving music scenes and cultural activities of the past, let the dragon fly!
John Hopwood 32 Berry's Lane, Ratby, Leicester