A&B Cymru Awards 2019

Celebrating Creative Collaboration

The Arts & Business (A&B) Cymru Awards 2019 will take place on stage at Wales Millennium Centre on Thursday 11 July and the search is now on for the best in creative partnership across the country.   

The Awards, which for over a quarter of a century, have encouraged, acknowledged and celebrated exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts, continue to reflect the broad range of work undertaken by A&B Cymru.  

For the last decade, Global Energy Company Valero has been the principal sponsor of this flagship ceremony and to mark this, is also sponsoring a one-off prize. The Valero 10 Award will recognise the business or arts organisation judged to have had the most impact in transforming the landscape of partnership working in Wales during the past ten years. The ceremony will also recognise the best business partners of the arts under the following categories:

The Admiral Business of the Year will be selected from the businesses recognised in the above categories. A cash prize of £2,500, the Hodge Arts Award, is presented to the arts organisation judged to have worked most effectively in partnership with business to maintain and develop their activities.

The crucial role that individuals play in supporting the arts across Wales will be celebrated in two categories.  The Robert Maskrey Award for Arts Philanthropy recognises personal generosity to the arts while the Adviser of the Year Award goes to the individual who has made the most impact on an arts organisation working through A&B Cymru’s Professional Development Programmes. 

Stephen Thornton, Valero’s Public Affairs Manager said: “It is a great pleasure for Valero to return as Principal Sponsor of these Awards.  The Pembroke Refinery has been proud to work with A&B Cymru for the past decade and it’s fitting that we mark this with a special award which both celebrates collaboration between two sectors and recognises the astonishing contribution that A&B Cymru makes to the cultural health of Wales.” 

Speaking at the Awards launch on 23 January, A&B Cymru’s CEO, Rachel Jones said: “In working with us our business partners demonstrate their belief in the importance and power of the arts. Partnerships with the private sector are more crucial to the health and wellbeing of both the creative sector and the nation than ever before and the resulting innovative projects help create a richer society. The Awards is the highlight of A&B Cymru’s year – it is truly an honour to be able to celebrate the very best in cross sector collaboration.” 

The award winners have been chosen by an independent panel of judges who have expertise in practical art forms, sponsorship and the aims of the private sector.  The individuals who judged the business partnership categories are Denise Hicks, HR Director at Valero, Karen Hodge, Trustee of the Hodge Foundation, Bethan Sayed, AM and Chair of the National Assembly for Wales Culture Committee, Lynne Sheehy, CSR Manager at Legal & General, and Huw Thomas, BBC Cymru Wales’ Arts Correspondent.

The Adviser of the Year Award has been judged by two key supporters of A&B Cymru’s Professional Development Programmes, Roy Jones who has recently retired from ScottishPower but remains one of A&B Cymru’s North Wales Ambassadors and the recipient of the award in 2018, Joanne Taylor from MHA Broomfield Alexander.

The full shortlist is available here

The successful individuals and companies will once again receive trophies specially commissioned for the ceremony. They will be designed and made by ceramicist Daniel Boyle who set up his West Wales studio just over twenty years ago.  He now exhibits his individual salt-glazed stoneware across the UK and Northern Europe.  Daniel’s design for the 2019 Awards symbolises partnership and collaboration – constructed from four materials which are held together by a copper lynch pin. 

In addition to the cash sponsors of the awards, A&B Cymru works with a range of event partners on its flagship ceremony, all of whom are central to the success of the evening. They are Entertainment Sponsor, University of South Wales, Media Partner, Orchard Media & Events, Cardiff Airport, Carrick Creative, Celtic Spirit Company, Flawsome Drinks, FlightLink Wales, Flower Lodge, Intercity Removals, Llanllyr Source and Park Plaza Cardiff.