26 January 2012back

Arts & Business Cymru Awards 2012

The search is on for the best in creative partnership as Arts & Business (A&B) Cymru launches its 19th annual awards ceremony.

The Awards, which encourage, acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts, reflect the broad range of work undertaken by A&B Cymru across the country. The 2012 ceremony, sponsored by Valero, will take place on stage at Wales Millennium Centre on Thursday 14 June.

In addition to 10 established categories, this year for the first time, A&B Cymru is recognising the role that individuals play in supporting the arts with a Philanthropy Award. The personal generosity of individual donations is playing an increasingly crucial part in Welsh cultural life. A&B Cymru feels it is important to give this method of arts support public recognition.

The remaining categories are each sponsored by a key Welsh organisation. They are:

  • Arts, Business & Brand Identity, sponsored by Arup
  • Arts, Business & the Community, sponsored by Wales & West Utilities
  • Arts, Business & Young People, sponsored by Hugh James
  • Arts & Small Business, sponsored by Principality Building Society
  • Arts, Business & the Environment, sponsored by West Coast Energy
  • Arts, Business & Employees, sponsored by First Great Western
  • Arts, Business & Long Term support, sponsored by Hospital Innovations
  • Business Adviser of the Year, sponsored by University of Wales, Newport
  • The Admiral Business of the Year Award
  • The Legal & General Arts Award

Click here if you would like to download the Business Categories nomination form

Click here if you would like to download the Business Adviser of the Year nomination form

Click here if you would like to download the A&B Cymru Philanthropy Award nomination form

The ceremony also benefits from staunch in-kind support from a range of Wales based businesses, including Carrick Creative, Flower Lodge, John Lewis Cardiff, Llanllyr Source, Park Plaza, Cardiff and Tropicana. For the second year, the ceremony’s media partner is BBC Cymru Wales.

The award winners will be chosen by an independent panel of judges who have expertise in practical art forms, sponsorship and the aims of the private sector. They are: Carmarthen born tenor Wynne Evans, star of Go Compare’s TV advertising campaign; Ceidiog Hughes of North Wales PR company Ceidiog Communications; Christine Lewis, who was responsible for the early development of the speciality foods business for Marks and Spencer and who now sits on the boards of Artes Mundi and National Dance Company Wales; Managing Director of Maskreys Holdings and key member of A&B Cymru’s Investment Panel, Robert Maskrey; BBC Cymru Wales Director Rhodri Talfan Davies; and lecturer and Chair of Tan Dance, Clare Thomas. This high profile panel will decide which partnerships will win trophies, specially commissioned from Denbighshire based artist Jessica Lloyd Jones.

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Arts & Business Cymru says...

"A&B Cymru has seen a major change in the last few months as it became an independent charity, thanks to the ongoing support of the Welsh Government. However, it’s business as usual for the 2012 Awards. Our flagship event has grown in both size and stature over the past 19 years and we look forward to seeing the many exciting nominations this year. I am especially delighted that we can continue to reflect current trends in arts partnership by introducing the brand new philanthropy award."

Rachel Jones, Chief Executive, Arts & Business Cymru

"Principal sponsor of the Awards, Valero, recognises the enormous value delivered through linking business with the arts. Building on over 20 years of involvement with the arts across Wales, Valero Pembroke is delighted to work with Arts & Business Cymru again during 2012"

Jane James, Policy, Government & Public Affairs Manager, Valero Energy

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