We are very sad to hear that Sybil Crouch, the former chair of the Arts Council of Wales, recently died. She was a Swansea Labour councillor who has been described by Rob Stewart, the leader of Swansea Council, as “a passionate campaigner, dedicated hard-working councillor [and] a huge supporter of the arts in Swansea.”
As Head of Cultural Services at Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre from 1991–2019, Sybil organised Jonah Jones’s last major one-man show there in early 2004. Jonah gave the show the title ‘Scene and Word’, a name that lives on in memoriam through our organisation.
One of Sybil’s final acts before retiring was to ensure that the future of Jonah’s plaque marking the opening of the Taliesin in 1984 was near the top of the to-do list for her successor Steve Williams. Scene & Word had written to her to express concern that the plaque had not reappeared from storage following the extensive redevelopment of the arts centre’s ground floor. As we wrote in an earlier article, “We are very grateful to both Sybil and Steve for their successful efforts to ensure that one of Jonah’s very few pieces of public work in Wales’s second city has a long-term future.”