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The awards ceremony, held this year at the Hilton Hotel Cardiff, is the pinnacle of the year for many artists throughout Wales. A total of 19 artists will be honoured at the ceremony, which will also feature Classic FM's new Welsh Music Personality of the Year Competition. ACW's Creative Wales Awards are unique in celebrating the creativity of artists living in Wales and represent a significant investment in individual artists by The Arts Council of Wales. Peter Tyndall, Chief Executive of The Arts Council of Wales, said: "The Creative Wales Awards provide a massive boost to professional artists living in Wales. Their contribution to the creative life of Wales and to the work of individual artists is unique and invaluable. The awards are certainly one of the arts highlights of the year."

This year grants totalling just over £215,000 will be awarded between 19 professional artists. Four artist will receive the Major Creative Development Award of £20,000: This funding will enable dancer and choreographer Jem Treays to further develop his practice through collaborations with a diverse range of artists from dance, theatre and digital / visual arts background. The research will culminate with the creation and performance of two new dance works. Two ceramic artists have also received the Major Awards. Leading figures in their field already, this funding will enable Claire Curneen to take time out from her usual work commitments to develop her work and art form to the next level. Morgen Hall will also take forward the art form by undertaking a project of combining the newest technologies with traditional ceramic qualities and methods. Finally movement artist Simon Whitehead's award will give him the opportunity to consolidate and further his art practice, whilst contributing to the presence of movement and Interdisciplinary arts in Wales. Artists to be awarded the Creative Development Awards of up to £10,000 include a glass artist, filmmaker, musician and composer.

The awards evening will also feature the results of Classic FM and ACW's Welsh Musical Personality of the Year. Five top Welsh artists are nominated, Bryn Terfel, Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones, Llyr Williams and Karl Jenkins. The awards will be presented during the evening.

You can vote for your favourite and be in with a chance of winning a 1-night city break for two people at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff plus a pair of tickets for the opening season of Welsh National Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre by visiting and clicking on the Creative Wales link. The winners will also receive a personal guided tour of the 1900-seater venue and arts centre at the heart of Cardiff Bay.

During the evening an appeal will also be made in aid of the Tsunami crisis.

The Creative Wales Awards are designed in response to ACW's strategic priority that pledges support for individual artists creating new, experimental and innovative work that takes forward the art-form and artistic practice. The aim of the scheme is to support excellence, help artists to develop their potential and build sustainability in the arts. The awards will enable practising artists working in any creative discipline, or across disciplines, to enhance and refresh their skills, creativity and / or creative partnerships, and take time away from their usual commitments in order to concentrate on developing their work.

The scheme is offered at two levels, with a minimum grant level of £5,000:
· Creative Development Awards between £5,000 and £10, 000;
· Major Creative Development Award bursaries of £20,000. The artist should have demonstrated a consistent level of achievement and contribution within your area of professional practice (there will be five major awards that artists from any discipline possible to apply for). For this award short listed artists will be asked to make a presentation of their project to a panel in support of their application.

To be eligible for an award:
1. The artist must be a professional artist, whose work shows originality and excellence, and who has been in practice for at least two years, whether in paid employment or not.
2. The artist must live in Wales, and demonstrate a commitment to Wales.
3. The artist must plan to spend the majority of their time whilst undertaking the project in Wales (unless residency outside Wales is an agreed part of the project).
4. Artists who have previously received a Creative Wales Award may not apply to this scheme for a period of three years from the date of that award.

Artists who have received the Creative Wales Award in the past have gone on to make a huge impact in the arts world. Last year's recipients included Philippa Lawrence who received £10,000 for her "Bound" project, which has inspired a huge amount of interest from the media and public. The Creative Wales Award enabled Philippa to take forward her art practice whilst also creating a legacy of public artworks for the people of Wales. The striking image of trees wrapped in bright cloth has intrigued and fascinated people up and down the country. Performer Marc Rees received a Major Creative Wales award of £20,000 which meant that he was able to undertake an intense and highly concentrated research and development project 'Shed*Light'. He said of the awards: "The Creative Wales award has enabled me to meet my objectives of expanding and challenging my ideas, whilst unearthing new possibilities for creativity. It has been an exciting and unique experience, which has allowed me to re-examine and expand my vision. The project has grown and developed thanks to the Creative Wales Award and new avenues of creativity and opportunity have been opened to me."

The Arts Council of Wales is an Assembly Sponsored Public Body, with responsibility to the Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport within the Welsh Assembly Government. The Council was set up by Royal Charter in 1994 to develop and improve understanding and practise in the arts and to promote the accessibility of the arts to the public of Wales. The Council is funded largely by Grant in Aid from the Assembly Government and is one of the four Lottery Distributors in Wales.

Elisa Lewis
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