Performing in Perfect Partnership
Arts & Business Cymru Awards 2013
The best creative partnerships between business and the arts were recognised at the 20th annual Arts & Business Cymru Awards ceremony, sponsored by Valero, at Wales Millennium Centre on 8 July.
The winners, ranging from individual supporters to major companies, received trophies specially commissioned from Llantrisant based artist, Laura Thomas. High profile Welsh performers, including Rakie Ayola, Rebecca Evans, Suzanne Packer, Julian Lewis Jones and Steven Meo presented the awards at a sell-out black tie ceremony. The winners and guests were entertained by the award winning choir, Only Men Aloud in one of the last public appearances in its original form. The choir gave its first professional performance at the Arts & Business Cymru Awards 2001.
The Awards encourage, acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts and reflect a broad spectrum of work undertaken by A&B Cymru across the country. The winners included businesses ranging from a Swansea-based small family firm to multi-national companies. Each had clearly defined objectives for partnering the arts – enhancing its brand, reaching a specific target market, playing an active part in the community or training and developing its staff.
Each category is sponsored by a key Welsh organisation and this year’s winners are:
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. They are: Barnaby Brand, GE Aviation; Clare Hudson, BBC Cymru Wales; Askhar Sheibani, Comtek Network Solutions; poet Owen Sheers and Emma Watkins, CBI Wales.
The A&B Cymru Awards benefit from staunch in-kind support from a range of Wales based businesses, including Carrick Creative, Conti’s of Lampeter, Flightlink, Flower Lodge, Fruitapeel, John Lewis Cardiff, Kuoni, Llanllyr Source and Park Plaza, Cardiff. For the third year, the ceremony’s media partner is BBC Cymru Wales.
For further details, contact Rachel Jones on 029 2030 3023