My good friend Sybil Crouch, who has died elderly 66, was once an influential determine within the arts in Wales. The first feminine chair of Arts Council Wales, she established Creu Cymru, a building company for theatres and artwork centres, and till remaining 12 months was once director of the Taliesin Arts Centre and head of cultural products and services at Swansea University.
Charismatic and inspirational, she led her groups with boldness, conviction and a large center. At Taliesin her programme of movie, performances and participation incorporated an award-winning traveling manufacturing of Under Milk Wood: An Opera, track by way of John Metcalf, and the severely acclaimed “immersive theatrical experience” of Now the Hero/Nawr year Awr in 2018.
She additionally expanded the cultural recognition of Wales in another country via exchanges and partnerships, together with by means of Swansea’s Dance Days, which have been a part of the Dancing Cities world community.
Sybil was once born in Liverpool to David Crouch, a senior civil servant on the Department of Employment, and his spouse, Lilian (nee Fletcher). After Birkenhead High School for Girls, in 1970 she went to Swansea School of Art, striding in on her first day dressed in gold make up. She right away turned into referred to as the “golden girl”, and so she remained.
After artwork faculty she taught and made a dwelling for some time portray work of art for premises in Swansea whilst additionally doing paid early life chief paintings till, in 1979, she implemented for, and were given, the put up of deputy director of West Wales Arts. She stayed there till 1990, when she joined Taliesin Arts Centre.
In 1995 she was once instrumental in putting in the Egypt Centre at Swansea University, which unfolded the college’s unnoticed choice of Egyptian artefacts to a much broader, more youthful target audience, and later she championed Welsh artists within the college’s purpose-built Ceri Richards gallery. Alongside her paintings at Taliesin she had part-time roles as chair of Arts Council Wales from 1999 to 2003, deputy director of the Wales Film Council (2007-12) and as a director of the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. For a time she was once additionally an marketing consultant to the Welsh govt on arts and tradition coverage.
A lifelong socialist, Sybil was once elected as a Labour councillor for Swansea in 2012, and as cupboard minister for sustainability was once instrumental within the introduction of Swansea’s “star path” – a solar-powered walkway that lighting up at evening – and the established order of more than a few wildflower meadows within the town. A faculty governor, she was once additionally thinking about group projects such because the Vetch Veg group lawn.
Sybil met David Phillips, who was once additionally a Labour councillor, in 1979, when she was once in Lampeter finding out on an in depth route in Welsh, wherein she turned into fluent. They had been in combination for the following 4 a long time, and had been married in 2009.
She is survived by way of David, and by way of David’s son, Andrew.