Hospital Innovations Arts Award 2017
Winner: Theatr Clwyd
Liam Evans Ford & Annie Dayson, Theatr Clwyd & Dr Phil George
The judges were hugely impressed by the range of partnerships Theatr Clwyd has developed. They praised their sustainability and the imaginative way the organisation has matched its activities to its respective business partners’ aims and objectives.
A 13-year relationship with ScottishPower Foundation tackles young people’s anti-social behaviour issues through ground-breaking drama workshops; the theatre addresses key educational needs in its work with the North & Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership and enriches the lives of dementia sufferers and their carers through an initiative with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. In 2016, the theatre’s Justice in a Day initiative, supported by ScottishPower Foundation, targeted Year 9 students through an interactive drama centrered on the problems of assault, under-age drinking, steroid abuse and social media bullying.
Igniting a passion for science and entrepreuneurship among primary school children was the driver behind Theatr Clwyd’s specially developed classroom dramas sponsored by the Reaching Wider Partnership.
Arts from the Armchair is a project providing support for people with memory loss and their carers. Theatr Clwyd plays a huge role in this Health Board project, with staff from all departments sharing their work and giving practical opportunities for participants to engage with creativity. Improving health and wellbeing through the arts is crucially important to Theatr Clwyd’s work and the judges praised its vision in championing the restorative power of the arts within a wider community.
The Aloud Charity for its partnerships with Principality Building Society, ScottishPower Foundation and Snowdonia Cheese Company. The judges wished to recognise the significant impact the work of Aloud has on young people across Wales, made possible by its focussed and sustainable partnerships with business.
Rubicon Dance in recognition of its creative partnerships with Principality Building Society and University of South Wales which the judges praised for their tangible and clear mutual benefit.