London’s Roundhouse has announced a major new partnership with author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts, Sir Ken Robinson, who will become Associate Creative Curator of the Roundhouse for a five-year period.
Sir Ken Robinson is a pioneer in championing creativity and he will work with the Roundhouse to transform the lives of more young people over the coming years and advocate for the value of culture and creativity in our society.
A major feature of the partnership will be a new three-day Roundhouse festival in February 2019 celebrating imagination, creativity and innovation which will draw on Sir Ken’s book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything which encourages people to find the point at which their natural talent meets their personal passion.
Changing wider society through championing creativity
The encouragement of young people’s creativity is a key focus for the Roundhouse. By engaging more young people in creative opportunities, particularly those from diverse and under-represented backgrounds, the organisation aims to use creativity to support societal change.
Sir Ken Robinson has led national and international projects on creative and cultural education in the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States. The embodiment of the prestigious TED Conference and its commitment to spreading new ideas, Sir Ken Robinson is the most watched speaker in TED’s history. His 2006 talk, ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity’ (below), has been viewed online over 40 million times and seen by an estimated 350 million people in 160 countries.
In 1999, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province.
Sir Ken Robinson said:
‘I’m thrilled to be working in partnership with the Roundhouse to promote and support the development of the arts with young people. The arts in all their forms are a vital part of the health and vitality of our communities. The Roundhouse has an unparalleled history in the cultural life of the UK and internationally and has long demonstrated its deep commitment to facilitating the creative lives of young people.’
Marcus Davey, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Roundhouse, said:
‘We are delighted to be working with Sir Ken Robinson to help us on our mission to transform the lives of even more young people through creativity. He is someone that I greatly admire but, most importantly, someone who will inspire us and help us grow the numbers of young people we work with to over 10,000 per year and will help us lead a change in wider society.’
Do Schools Kill Creativity? Sir Ken Robinson’s talk from the 2006 TED conference