Anne Hayes – Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Shortlisted in the 2018 Hearts for the Arts Awards for Best Local Authority Arts Champion – Officer. Please scroll down for Welsh language information.

Anne Hayes is an excellent advocate for the arts in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT). She works between the Regeneration Department and Art Development Team at RCT and as such has a good understanding of the impact that the arts can have on the wider cultural, social and economic ecology of a place. She also uses this unique position to advocate the arts to non-art departments within the Council, such as regeneration, community development and planning.

She has supported us (Addo) as a visual arts organisation with financial support that has enabled us to secure match funding and also with advice and putting us in touch with key stakeholders to develop our projects and networks.

She regularly attends both What Next? Valleys and What Next? Cardiff meetings to ensure that the local authority is in touch with and can best support developments and concerns of the sector.

Using her knowledge of activity across the borough, she also manages Artists Exchange – a network of creative practitioners operating in the borough, which over the years has involved meetings (where people share and support each others projects/work) and a mailing list (which keeps us all up-to-date with opportunities and events).

Anne is never too busy to meet with local artists, arts organisations and community members to help them develop ideas and when possible always looks for ways in which she may help to bring together and support partnerships to develop and deliver arts projects in the area. Consequently, Anne has had a positive impact on and helped innumerable projects and individuals living and working in RCT.

She is modest but determined and insightful, which makes her a fantastic facilitator for others but also means that her invaluable contribution to arts in the borough is in danger of going unnoticed.

What the judges had to say:

“Anne is a fantastic advocate for the arts in Rhondda Cynon Taf.” Culture Counts



Mae rhestr fer wedi cael ei chyhoeddi ar gyfer gwobrau ‘Hearts For The Arts’ 2018 y National Campaign for the Arts. Mae’r gwobrau’n dathlu gwaith Cynghorau, Cynghorwyr a Swyddogion y Cyngor sydd wedi goresgyn heriau ariannol i sicrhau bod y celfyddydau yn aros yng nghanol bywyd cymunedol.

Cafodd Caroline O’Neill ac Anne Hayes o Sir Rhondda Cynon Taf eu henwebu ar gyfer gwobr yr Hyrwyddwr Celfyddydau Gorau o fewn Awdurdod Lleol – Swyddog.

Cafodd enwebiadau eu derbyn ar gyfer gwobrau mewn pedwar categori: Y Fenter Orau yn y Celfyddydau gan Awdurdod Lleol, Yr Hyrwyddwr Celfyddydau Gorau o fewn Awdurdod Lleol – Cynghorydd, Yr Hyrwyddwr Celfyddydau Gorau o fewn Awdurdod Lleol – Swyddog, a’r Prosiect Celfyddydau Awdurdod Lleol Gorau sy’n Hyrwyddo Cydlynu Cymunedol. Eleni, cafodd yr ymgyrch fwy o enwebiadau nag erioed o’r blaen ac o bob un o’r pedair gwlad yn y DU.

Cafodd y rhestr fer ei dyfarnu gan gynrychiolwyr partneriaid  ar gyfer gwobrau eleni: UK Theatre, Arts Development UK, Culture Counts, y Gymdeithas Llywodraeth Leol, a What Next?.

Wrth drafod enwebiad Caroline O’Neill, dywedodd y Gymdeithas Llywodraeth Leol:

“Mae ei hamrywiaeth o fentrau a’i dylanwad y tu hwnt i ffin ei chyngor yn ei gwneud hi’n gystadleuydd cryf.”

Wrth drafod enwebiad Anne Hayes, dywedodd Culture Counts:

“Mae Anne yn eiriolwr gwych dros y celfyddydau yn Rhondda Cynon Taf.”  

Mae Gwobrau Hearts For The Arts 2018 yn cael eu cyflwyno gan NCA a UK Theatre, mewn partneriaeth â Culture Counts, y Gymdeithas Llywodraeth Leol, Arts Development UK a What Next?.

Bydd enillwyr Gwobrau Hearts for the Arts 2018 yn cael eu cyhoeddi ddydd Mercher 14 Chwefror. Beirniaid yr enillwyr ar gyfer gwobrau 2018 fydd: Samuel West (Cadeirydd yr NCA), Rachel Wood (Swyddog Datblygu’r Celfyddydau dros Gyngor Bwrdeistref Oldham ac enillydd 2017), Roy Williams, OBE (Dramodydd ac Aelod o Fwrdd NCA), Phillip Pullman (Awdur) a David Lan (Dramodydd a Chyfarwyddwr).

Am ragor o wybodaeth ar yr enwebeion ar y rhestr fer ewch i

Dosbarthwyd gan:

National Campaign for the Arts, UKTheatre

Mewn partneriaeth â:

What Next?, Local Government Association, Culture Counts, Arts Development UK