Petworth Festival welcomes the Chief Executive of Arts Council England to talk about the importance of creativity in contemporary Britain.
In Henley’s words, ‘Creativity is a powerful force for good in shaping and defining all our futures. Enriching lives and places, it builds a stronger society filled with happier, healthier people. By driving innovation across the arts, technology, science and engineering, it boosts our economy. For children born into a world of unprecedented technological, political and environmental change, those whose creativity has been nurtured will be best equipped to flourish.
His new book argues the importance of creativity for everyone. It is not the sole preserve of arts-based subjects, but at the heart of medical, scientific, engineering and entrepreneurial progress too. It is only by equipping children with the creativity to make the best use of their talents, and providing them with expert teachers who can nurture those abilities, that the next generation will have the skills necessary to invent tomorrow.
Darren Henley is the Chief Executive of Arts Council England, which champions, develops and invests in great art and culture for everyone across England. The author of two independent government reviews into music and cultural education, he has written numerous books about the arts. For twenty-three years, he was part of the team behind the world’s largest classical music radio station, Classic FM, spending fifteen years as Managing Editor and then Managing Director. He holds degrees in politics from the University of Hull, management from the University of South Wales and history of art from the University of Buckingham.