Our Patrons

Our Patrons have a passion for the creative arts and their power to transform lives. They endorse our work in a variety of ways. They attend workshops and performances, meeting and inspiring our participants. They write forewords to our published collections of participants’ work, helping to raise their self-esteem. They donate items and experiences for us to auction, helping to raise vital funds for our work.

Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie

Musician

I am honoured to be a Patron of an organisation that does so much for so many children and adults who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. It is so important for everyone to have the opportunity to take part in the creative arts and experience their benefits. Music, for example, can be a powerful way for people to express themselves. Create is doing such important, life-changing work and I am thrilled to be part of it.

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Eileen Essell

Eileen Essell

Actress (b.1922 - d.2015)

Eileen was a Create Patron from 2007 until she passed away in February 2015.

It was Create’s story that first captured my imagination. The charity has grown to such heights in such a short space of time and everyone who works there has such a passion for what they do. I feel inspired by all of the work that Create does but it is the charity’s creative projects for older people that are particularly close to my heart, as this group is often neglected. There is a tendency to forget that older people are creative too. I had acted on the stage throughout my twenties and thirties but it is only in the last 15 years that I have rediscovered my passion for acting and embarked on a film career. I’m thankful that Create is giving people a chance to discover and showcase their own creative energy later in life.

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Erwin James

Erwin James

Writer

Prison is not an environment that encourages self-confidence and self-expression among those within its confines. It takes strength, courage and commitment to overcome the limitations that prison culture inflicts on an individual’s capacity to be expressive and creative. I was lucky enough to attend one of Creates projects and witness a group of women prisoners performing their work. I was humbled not only by the courage and determination they demonstrated in giving their performances but also by the sheer quality of what they had produced alongside Create’s professional writer. The women I saw were clearly proud of their work and appeared to feel very good about what they had achieved. And let’s face it, people who feel good about themselves are surely less likely to be inclined to cause pain or distress to others.

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Esther Freud

Esther Freud

Writer

In this age of testing and over examination, it is heart-warming to find an organisation that believes in the motivating power of creativity. Every painter, writer and musician has a story about what, or who it was that inspired them. I know for myself it made a huge difference to my life when, aged 13, I was taken to a seminal production of Macbeth; and then later, on a class trip, was shown how the concrete slabs that make up the National Theatre are in fact imprinted with the patterns of living wood. If Create can do that for even one participant in each of its many projects, then I’m proud to be a Patron.

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Howard Goodall

Howard Goodall CBE

Composer and TV presenter

Creating a piece of music from scratch is a terrifying, exhilarating, tremendously freeing experience, and the pride you feel when an audience applauds a work of your creation is something you will never forget. I am thrilled to be a Patron of a charity that gives some of our society’s most disadvantaged children and adults opportunities to create and perform their own music. It’s also exciting to be involved with a charity that embraces so many different forms of music. At Create’s performances, you regularly hear the playing of classical instruments, such as oboes and violins, intertwined with African djembe drums, Tanzanian flutes, kazoos and even drainpipes played with flip-flops!

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Lord Moynihan

Lord Moynihan

British Olympic Association

Everybody should have the chance to experience the joy, stimulation and social benefits of the arts and I am delighted to be a Patron of a charity that ensures that these chances are given to some of the most disadvantaged people in our society. Create also shares my passion for the environment and sport, regularly using these to provide an exciting source of creative inspiration for children and adults alike on its projects.

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE

Choreographer/director

The creative arts open up so many means of self-expression. As a choreographer, I do not concern myself with words. Movement is my language. I am excited to be a Patron of a charity that is giving people from disadvantaged backgrounds a chance to try out this language for themselves and express things that they perhaps cannot find words for. More than this, I am excited to be a Patron of a charity that adopts a multi artform approach to creativity. Just as words are not my medium, for others their medium may not be movement. Create’s combination of artforms puts the focus on the individual. Its projects give every participant a chance to find their own personal language whether this is poetry, music, dance, drama or art.

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Nicholas McCarthy

Nicholas McCarthy

Musician

It was a delightful surprise when I was asked to become a Patron of Create. I like to do a lot of charity work and am Patron of quite a few, however I always like to be selective of which ones I want to work with. The charity needs to touch me in some way and this certainly was the case with Create. What I love about the work Create does is the fact that it doesn’t focus on one ‘group’ of people. It manages to help a hugely diverse range of people who without it would be forgotten or over-looked.

Prof Ken Howard

Prof Ken Howard OBE RA

Artist

Creating a piece of art is about looking at the world around you with new eyes and developing a personal language that enables you to communicate your perspective with others. I value the work that Create is doing to ensure that people from all backgrounds and all walks of life are getting a chance to experience the joy of creating art. I also admire the way Create is using this idea of art involving people looking at the world with new eyes to give groups of people, who would have so little contact with each other otherwise, a chance to come together, gain a fresh perspective of each other and form a conversation with one another.

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Shobana Jeyasingh

Shobana Jeyasingh MBE

Choreographer

I am honoured to be a Patron of Create and to support and endorse the fantastic work the charity is doing in making creativity accessible to all. Creativity and the use of the imagination is a precious human faculty and deserves to be exercised, nurtured and celebrated in the widest possible manner. I sincerely applaud the efforts of Create to bring the fruits of creativity to such a diverse range of people.

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Susannah Simons

Susannah Simons

Freelance Arts and Media Strategist, SCS Inc

I have always believed that the arts have an important role to play in the development of all of us as human beings! Anybody who has seen how children grow emotionally and intellectually through music, dance and the other creative arts will vouch for the importance of this work. For that reason I am honoured to be a Patron of Create - the work that Nicky and her team do in this field is an inspiration!