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A&B Cymru Awards 2024

Celebrating Creative Collaboration

The search is on for Wales’ best creative partnerships

The Arts & Business (A&B) Cymru Awards exist to encourage, acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between the private sector and the arts.

Sponsored for the 13th year by Global Energy Company Valero, the high-profile ceremony and dinner will take place in South East Wales during early summer 2024. The date and venue of this prestigious event will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, the nominations period has opened and the 2024 Awards categories are:

Please ensure you read the Awards Guidelines before completing your nomination forms.

Nomination Forms

Business Categories

Adviser of the Year

The Robert Maskrey Award for Arts Philanthropy

The deadline for nominations is Thursday 7 March 2024.

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.  The individuals who will judge the business partnership categories are Donna Ali, Director of BE.Xcellence; Eversheds Sutherland’s Managing Partner, Tom Bray; Freelance Arts Producer Jason Camilleri; Karen Hodge, Trustee of the Hodge Foundation and Stephen Thornton, Public Affairs Manager at Valero.

The Adviser of the Year will be judged by three key supporters of A&B Cymru’s Professional Development Programmes. They are Jonathan Chitty, Finance Director at the Port of Milford Haven, Managing Director of Grant Stephens Family Law, Grant Stephens and Clare Williams, Freelance Arts Consultant and Visual Artist.

The successful individuals and companies will once again receive trophies specially commissioned for the ceremony. They will be designed and made by Bethesda based artist Rhiannon Gwyn, whose work encapsulates the rugged beauty of her home landscape by using the physical characteristics of Welsh slate and other locally sourced materials. The ceramic trophies she has designed for A&B Cymru will be painted with a glaze made from gorse flower collected and burned on the Carneddau mountains for conservation reasons and so each trophy will literally contain a unique piece of the Welsh landscape.

In addition to the sponsors of the awards categories, A&B Cymru works with a range of event partners to ensure the success of the evening.  They are Entertainment Sponsor, University of South Wales, Media Partner Orchard Media & Events, Design Partner Ubiquity, as well as drinks partners Penderyn Distillery and Tŷ Nant.

Speaking at the Awards Launch on 25 January, A&B Cymru’s Chief Executive, Rachel Jones, said, “In the midst of the current challenging financial climate, A&B Cymru has been astounded by the number of high-quality creative partnerships being forged throughout the past year. We firmly believe that it is more important than ever to celebrate and reward the incredible work of the arts and the vision of the businesses supporting them. Partnerships with the private sector play a crucial role in helping the arts to make a tangible contribution to the health and well-being of our nation. The Awards is the highlight of A&B Cymru’s year and we look forward to rewarding the very best in cross-sector collaboration.