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.
Anne is a fantastic advocate for the arts in Rhondda Cynon Taf."