Arts, Business & the Environment 2017
Sponsored by The Waterloo Foundation & University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Winner: Port of Milford Haven
Sara Andrew, Port of Milford Haven & Anna Ryder Richardson
Image by Glenn Edwards
The success and sustainability of the port authority’s Under the Bridge project impressed the judges. Partnering four local organisations – Arts Care Gofal Celf, Milford Youth Matters, Torch Theatre and the VC Gallery – a weekly Friday night arts club for teenagers during the summer holidays has had a tangible impact on the local environment. Anti-social and damaging behaviour has been significantly reduced with the arts club promoting a sense of ownership, pride and respect for the area and the waterway.
The port authority’s long term development plan for Milford Docks relies on creating a vibrant and welcoming environment and a destination renowned for arts and culture that will attract visitors. Initiatives such as Under the Bridge play a key part in realising this goal.
The social landlord partnered community arts organisation Cyffordd Llandudno Junction Trakz in a project designed to bring the residents back onto the high street. Using music and creative events at a street festival in the town, Cartrefi directly engaged with their tenants and encouraged them to take part in arts activities. The event also attracted many visitors to Llandudno Junction, playing a significant role in the regeneration of the urban environment.
The business builds homes with eco features that contribute towards low energy consumption and environmental impact. It commissioned installation art by design duo Freshwest for its new show home. Tesni wished to communicate its core value of environmental sustainability within its brand and in Freshwest’s solar light design, an exciting work of art was created. The partners shared their collaboration with design and business students and Tesni is now in discussions with Freshwest about future commissions.