Arts & Business have announced the five winners of The Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy. The medal celebrates individuals who support the arts, and recognises the contribution of “the most inspiring cultural philanthropists in the UK”.
The recipients this year are:
· Mr Richard Broyd
· Mr Anthony d’Offay & Mrs Anne d’Offay
· Mrs Helen Thorpe
· Mr and Mrs David Seligman OBE FRWCMD
· (The late) Lord Wolfson & Family
HRH The Prince of Wales will present the five Medals for Arts Philanthropy at a ceremony at St James’s Palace on 22 November 2010.
Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive of Arts & Business, a member of The Prince’s Charities, said: “In these difficult times we are collectively looking to corporate philanthropy and individual philanthropy as the cornerstones for growth for our cultural community. It is always vital to honour the remarkable commitment of individuals who have found the love and passion to allow the arts to flourish for future generations.
“These honourees tell very different stories. They come from different worlds and have given and supported the arts in many different ways. What unites them is an unfailing belief in the importance of the arts and the desire and commitment to see the arts flourish”.
Following an extensive decision making process, The Prince of Wales’ Arts Advisory Group drew up a shortlist of twenty philanthropists which went forward to a final judging panel of artists, who chose the first five honourees.
Welcoming this year’s medals, Secretary of State for Culture Jeremy Hunt said of the honourees: “I thank and congratulate them and hope others will be encouraged to follow their lead”.
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