The head of Arts Council England (ACE) will visit Edge Hill this month to give insight into the invaluable benefits that arts and culture bring to our lives.

In a free public talk on 30 November, Darren Henley OBE will introduce and discuss his recently published book The Arts Dividend with Professor Roger Shannon, Director of Edge Hill’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE).

The Arts Dividend looks in depth at seven key benefits that art and culture bring to our lives: the nation’s creativity; advancing education; benefits in health and wellbeing; innovation and technology; place making in villages, towns and cities; economic prosperity; and enhancing England’s reputation for cultural excellence on the global stage.

The discussion will also touch on the Northern Cultural Powerhouse and a post-Brexit arts landscape.

EHU439-RogerShannon006Professor Roger Shannon said: “The Arts Council of England is a national organisation whose activities in funding, in developing, in partnering, and in advocating are crucial for the creative economy of the north west, which is one of the largest regional arts clusters in Europe.

“I am delighted that ACE’s Chief Executive, Darren Henley OBE will visit Edge Hill to discuss the key benefits that the arts and culture bring to our lives, drawing on both ACE’s ambitious plans and on his own visionary thinking in ‘The Arts Dividend’.

“Expect wide ranging and stimulating commentaries on the Northern Cultural Powerhouse, on the post Brexit arts landscape, and on ‘Edgenomics’, the University’s distinctive approach to supporting creative talent.”

Darren has been Chief Executive of Arts Council England since April 2015. He previously spent twenty-five years working in radio, leading Classic FM for fifteen years, and was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to music. Active in the public cultural realm, his two independent government reviews into music education (2011) and cultural education (2012) resulted in the creation of England’s first National Plan for Music Education, new networks of Music Education Hubs and Heritage Schools, the Museums and Schools programme, the BFI Film Academy and the National Youth Dance Company. He is the author or co-author of twenty-nine books.

ICE is Edge Hill University’s practice-led and theoretically grounded interdisciplinary research forum which connects the University with the digital and creative economy and with cultural institutions.