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A&B Cymru Awards 2023

Flagship Celebration Returns

Wales’ best creative partnerships recognised in a glittering ceremony

The Arts & Business (A&B) Cymru Awards 2023 returned as an in-person event on Thursday 18 May, following a three-year hiatus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, which for nearly three decades has celebrated excellence in partnership working, took place at The Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay and was sponsored for the 12th consecutive year by global energy company Valero.

A&B Cymru CEO Rachel Jones said, In this economic climate, partnership working is more vital to our nation’s vibrant cultural life than ever before. We’ve been truly humbled by the way business and the arts have responded to the many unprecedented and unforeseen challenges of recent times – with resilience, creativity and determination. A&B Cymru is proud to play a part in fostering so many innovative projects that help to create a richer society. In this flagship ceremony, it is truly an honour to be able to celebrate the very best in cross-sector collaboration.

Winners & Finalists:

The Robert Maskrey Award for Arts Philanthropy, sponsored by Welsh Government

Winner:  John Rath & John Underwood


Arts, Business & the Community, sponsored by Wales & West Utilities

Winner:  Cardiff Community Housing Association & NoFit State Circus

Finalist:  Cartrefi Conwy & Oriel Colwyn

Finalist:  Newport Transport & Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre


Arts, Business & Diversity, sponsored by Cardiff & Vale Health Charity

Winner:  Bad Wolf & Hijinx Theatre, It’s My Shout Productions, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, The Other Room

Finalist:  Cardiff & Vale Health Charity & Engage Cymru

Finalist:  S4C & Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama


Arts, Business & Employees, sponsored by Wind 2

Winner:  Cartrefi Cymru Cooperative & National Dance Company Wales

Finalist:  Cardiff School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences & Hijinx Theatre

Finalist:  Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK & Role Plays for Training


Arts, Business & the Environment, sponsored by The Waterloo Foundation & University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Winner:  RWE / Clocaenog Wind Farm Fund & Urdd Gobaith Cymru

Finalist:  Cardiff Harbour Authority & Theatr na nÓg

Finalist:  Port of Milford Haven & The Aloud Charity


Arts, Business & Health, sponsored by Forest Holidays

Winner:  Wales & West Utilities & Music in Hospitals & Care

Finalist:  Cardiff & Vale Health Charity & Four in Four & Forget-Me-Not Chorus

Finalist:  Lyan Packaging & Theatr Clwyd


Arts & Small Business, sponsored by Oil 4 Wales

Winner:  Cazbah & The Aloud Charity

Finalist:  Monumental Welsh Women & Mewn Cymeriad / In Character

Finalist:  Severn Screen & Hijinx Theatre


Adviser of the Year Award, sponsored by Grant Stephens Family Law

Winner:  Roman Kubiak, Hugh James & Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Finalist:  Kate Fisher & Theatr na nÓg

Finalist:  Sian Humpherson & Elen Llwyd Roberts / Dica

Finalist:  Dan Lewis & Makers Guild in Wales


CGI Business of the Year

Winner:  Bad Wolf

Finalist:  Cardiff & Vale Health Charity

Finalist:  Wales & West Utilities


Hodge Foundation Arts Awards

Winner 1:  The Aloud Charity    

Winner 2:  NoFit State Circus

Winner 3:  It’s My Shout Productions

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: Siân Doyle, Chief Executive of S4C; Karen Hodge, Trustee of the Hodge Foundation; Pianist, Composer and Producer, Ify Iwobi; Joint Chief Executive of Llenyddiaeth Cymru Literature Wales, Leusa LlewelynSunil Patel, Race Equality Trainer & Consultant, and Stephen Thornton, Public Affairs Manager, Valero.

The Adviser of the Year Award was judged by three key supporters of A&B Cymru’s Professional Development Programmes: Deb Bowen Rees, Director of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and the recipient of the Award in 2021; Adrienne O’Sullivan, Founder & Director of Act Now Creative Training, and Grant Stephens, Managing Director of Grant Stephens Family Law.

The Award trophies, which were specially commissioned for the ceremony, were designed and made by stained glass artist Ingrid Walker. They were presented to the winners by well-known celebrities including actors Rakie Ayola and Mark Lewis Jones, TV Presenter and Designer Anna Ryder Richardson, Grammy Award-winning Soprano Rebecca Evans and Olympic athlete and broadcaster Colin Jackson. The evening’s spectacular entertainment was provided by Blacksmith Brass, Conner Allen and Simmy Singh.