Director of Swansea’s Taliesin Centre, Labour Councillor, and former Chair of the Arts Council of Wales Sybil Crouch has died after an illness, it has been announced. The arts community in Swansea and Wales have given heartfelt tributes to a figure who played a major part in the development of the arts in Wales since the early 1990s.
Current Chair of the Arts Council Phil George said, “Sadly the new year has begun with the news that Sybil has died after a long battle with illness. She was a remarkable woman – spirited, feisty, vibrant. She did striking work as Director of the Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea and had a distinguished cultural and political career, including as Chair of the Arts Council. We shall miss her greatly.”
Many others took to Twitter to offer their tributes and condolences.
Arts consultant and trustee of the Welsh National Opera Andrew Miller said she was a “formidable character” who “always placed artists first & was a passionate advocate for the arts in Wales.”
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart said, “Despite being ill for many months, she faced her illness with determination and bravery, and continued to work for her community. She was a passionate campaigner and dedicated, hard-working, councillor.”