Congratulations to Ruthin Craft Centre for winning the 2009 Dewi-Prys Thomas design prize. It's an award given to recognise the importance of good design to the quality of life, identity and regeneration of Wales and is named after the inspirational teacher and architect who was head of the Welsh School of Architecture for over 20 years.
The judges thought out of the 47 nominations for the prize this year
that Ruthin Craft Centre was the worthy winner for the way it improved
the Welsh environment or our understanding of it for the period 2006-9.
The centre joins previous winners - the Great Glasshouse at the
National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Senedd building.
It's a great coup for Ruthin Craft Centre which was completely
redeveloped at a cost of £4.4 million in 2008 but well deserved for
such a fantastic building, inside and out. Good news too that the three
winners of the Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize represent north Wales as well as south and west.
If you've never been to the craft centre, try and get there as there's
a consistently exciting exhibition programme that draws visitors from
all over the UK and beyond. There are also working artist studios to
see, and the café's highly recommended!
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