A&B Cymru Awards 2019
Celebrating Creativity & Excellence in Partnership
The Arts & Business (A&B) Cymru Awards 2019 took place on stage at Wales Millennium Centre on Thursday 11 July in front of over 400 guests. For over a quarter of a century, they have encouraged, acknowledged and celebrated exemplary and innovative partnerships between the private sector and the arts that benefit communities across the country.
Global Energy Company Valero has been the principal sponsor of this flagship ceremony for a decade and marked the milestone by sponsoring a one-off prize. The Valero 10 Award recognised the arts organisation judged to have had the most impact in transforming the landscape of partnership working in Wales during the past ten years and was won by The Aloud Charity for its outstanding work. The charity has sustained its activity across Wales through a wide range of partnerships with the private sector, transforming young lives through singing.
Stephen Thornton, Valero’s Public Affairs Manager said: “It is a great pleasure for Valero to sponsor 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.”
Full details of all sponsors, winners and finalists can be found along the left-hand side of the page.
A&B Cymru CEO Rachel Jones said, “Once again our business partners demonstrate their belief in the importance and power of the arts and the range of nominations for this year’s Awards, was a true indication of how effective arts partnership are for businesses in Wales. A&B Cymru is proud to play a part in fostering so many innovative projects that help to create a richer society. In this flagship ceremony it is truly an honour to be able to celebrate the very best in cross sector collaboration.”
The award winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges who have expertise in practical art forms, sponsorship and the aims of the private sector: Karen Hodge, Trustee of the Hodge Foundation, Chair of the National Assembly for Wales Culture Committee, Bethan Sayed AM, Lynne Sheehy, CSR Manager at Legal & General, Huw Thomas, BBC Cymru Wales’ Arts Correspondent and Denise Hicks, Director of Human Resources, Valero.
The Adviser of the Year Award was judged by two key supporters of A&B Cymru’s Professional Development Programmes, Roy Jones who has recently retired from ScottishPower and one of A&B Cymru’s North Wales Ambassadors and the recipient of the award in 2018, Joanne Taylor from Baldwins.
The Award trophies, which were specially commissioned for the ceremony, were designed and made by ceramicist Daniel Boyle. They were presented to the winners by well-known celebrities including actors, Di Botcher, Aneirin Hughes, Mark Lewis Jones, Kai Owen, Charles Venn and Suzanne Packer, TV Presenter and Designer Anna Ryder Richardson and Grammy Award winning Soprano Rebecca Evans.
The evening’s spectacular entertainment was provided by members of Upside Down Circus who astonished the audience with their acrobatic and aerial skills