20 May 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 29

Jennifer Kirkham, Chapter

The Arts & Business Cymru awards recognise and celebrate the innovative partnerships between businesses and the arts across Wales, every year they host a sell-out black tie event which involves a dinner, entertainment and of course the presentation of awards to the deserving winners.

Last Friday saw the 21st annual awards come to life in the Welsh Millennium Centre where over 400 people poured onto the stage, all glammed up and high on the buzzing atmosphere; I was right there amongst them all.

Arts & Business Cymru gave Lauren, Jo, Bizzy & I the fantastic opportunity to help out on the day; helping set up and ensuring the event ran smoothly it was all go and non-stop. It was some intense, hardworking, first hand event experience that without a doubt was 100% rewarding.

Throughout the evening No Fit State Circus performed part of their breath taking show Bianco, Graffiti Classics got everyone joining in with their comedy take on classical music (yes a fair few glasses of wine had been enjoyed at this point) and of course 11 beautifully commissioned awards were presented to the winners of the various categories.

Two days previous I had found out that Chapter had won not one but two awards and believe me when I say I struggled not to blurt it out to my colleagues as I was so excited for them. Renault was announced as the winners of the Arts, Business & Environment award for their support and partnership with us. Richer Sounds were listed as a finalist for the Arts, Business & Brand Identity award for innovative business branding (and they’re determined to come back and win next year).

But the highlight of my night was standing at the edge of the stage and watching my colleague’s faces as we were not only announced as a shortlist but then announced as the overall winners of the Legal & General Arts Award for 2014. It was a huge achievement to have Chapter recognised for our vast variety of partnerships, and the much appreciated £2,500 will be going directly back into supporting our education and outreach programme.

It had been an unbelievably long day, and I certainly enjoyed a beverage or two to celebrate at the end of it, but I came away feeling exhilarated (and a little tired). I felt this immense sense of pride to be part of a team with Chapter and with Arts & Business Cymru and all I can say now is roll on next year! 

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