A&B Cymru Philanthropy Award 2016
David Seligman, OBE
The eminent Cardiff lawyer David Seligman and his late wife Philippa have been generous supporters of the arts for over 4 decades. Their exceptional contribution has been crucial to developing the cultural infrastructure of the capital city and in 2010, the couple became the first Welsh recipients of the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy.
Over the years, a range of organisations and venues have benefitted from substantial financial and other support.
David was instrumental in establishing Wales Millennium Centre as a leading performing arts centre, contributing legal assistance, advocacy and finance during the start up phase. He is still a generous friend of the Centre.
With Philippa, David has been a long term supporter of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. The Seligmans made a significant donation to developing new facilities at the college which David has recently followed with further gifts including annual awards for opera students.
In 2015, David made a substantial contribution to Chapter. He feels a strong personal connection to the building (his former school) and was a member of the arts centre’s board in the early 1970s. The donation will secure much of the venue’s activity for the foreseeable future and the 2 main performance spaces are renamed as Theatr and Stiwdio Seligman.
A&B Cymru felt that the Seligmans’ passion for the arts, combined with a commitment to spreading the benefits widely in the community, was an outstanding example of true philanthropy and wanted to recognise David’s continued generosity.
A&B Cymru wanted to make special mention of 2 other generous individuals for their invaluable support of the arts in Wales
Joanna Munro for support of the Writers in Residence scheme at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden. Her donations have already funded 11 residencies and the charity says that the investment has put the scheme on a firm financial footing.
Babs Thomas for her financial commitment to the Aloud Charity, supporting the Only Cardiff Boys Aloud Choir. In addition she is a valued board member, a tireless fundraiser and a passionate advocate for the charity.