Welsh Philanthropist Honoured
The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy celebrates the impact of givers to the arts
Five individuals from across the UK have been presented with medals for Arts Philanthropy by HRH The Prince of Wales. Among them is Mathew Prichard who has been tirelessly supporting the arts in Wales for over 4 decades.
Rachel Jones, Chief Executive of Arts & Business Cymru, said:
“I am absolutely delighted that the invaluable contribution made by Mathew to Wales’ cultural life is being celebrated. He was the recipient of the first A&B Cymru Award for Arts Philanthropy in 2012 and it is wonderful to see his incredible support being recognised on a UK level. Such generous benefactors are crucial in helping to sustain Wales’ vibrant arts scene, and this recognition will, I am certain, inspire others to follow his example. Nobody needs to give money or time, and it is essential that we honour those that do.”
The initiative is organised by Arts & Business in England and the 5 honourees in 2012 are:
• Sir Terence Conran
• Sir Peter Moores CBE, DL
• Mr Mathew Prichard, CBE, DL
• Sir Gerald Elliot & Lady Elliot
• The Lady Rayne
Arts & Business invited nominations from arts bodies the length and breadth of the UK to collate a first wave of potential recipients. The honourees, who could be UK or foreign nationals, receive their medal in recognition of philanthropic support of cultural activities in the United Kingdom or of UK artists or organisations presented overseas. From the nominations received, a group predominantly made up of the Prince of Wales’ “Arts Cluster Group” drew up a shortlist of twenty philanthropists to go forward to a final judging panel of artists, who selected the five recipients. This panel includes Sir Ronald Harwood (writer), Dame Monica Mason (The Royal Ballet Director) and Christopher Le Brun (Artist) and Colin Tweedy (Vice-President Arts & Business). The medals have been presented every year since 2008.