ken howard

OUR PATRONS

Create’s Patrons

Our Patrons have a passion for the creative arts and their power to enhance 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 help with fundraising appeals and events, and donate items and experiences for us to auction, helping to raise vital funds. They speak about our work in blogs and media interviews, raising our profile.

matthew bourne

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.”

Tim Marlow

Tim Marlow OBE

Writer, broadcaster and art historian

“I have always been of the opinion that the arts are a powerful force in our world and that they are open to everyone but the fact remains that children are frequently denied access for social or economic reasons – not to mention the diminishing place for arts on the national curriculum. Create seems to me to seek to harness the creative potential in everyone as well as realising the joy and pleasure of making and doing, of singing and playing, of participating together. I’m proud to become a Patron.

susannah simons

Susannah Simons

Director of Partnerships at Marquee TV

“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!”

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!”

Shobana Jeyasingh CBE

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.”

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.”