She has been artistic director of the Southbank Centre since 2005, Britons largest cultural institution with a budget of £36 million and over 28 million visitors each year.
In the course of her career she has directed the works of Ian Mckellan, Patrick Stewart and Dawn French to name a few. She gained massive recognition when she previously worked at West Yorkshire Playhouse achieving it an acknowledgement of excellence.
She spoke of the impact art can have of a nation, and used the example of The Festival of Britain in 1951. It was an exhibition that spanned the whole of the UK and was created to promote recovery after WW2. The Southbank Centre was the centerpiece of the exhibition, and she aimed to embrace this history in her vision of the Centre.
The arts being made available to everyone is something Jude Kelly OBE has strived for in her career. She wants all people to be affected and included in the arts.
Jude Kelly describes the combination of the arts and education as integral, believing that an understanding of the arts can have a positive affect on academic study.
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