Arts Council England has today named Professor Roni Brown, UCA Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, a member of its National Council and Chair of the South East Area Council.
Appointed by The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Professor Brown will work to support arts and cultural development across the South East Area and advocate for the specific needs of the Area at national level throughout her four year term.
Professor Brown said: “It’s an honour to be appointed to Arts Council England’s National Board and to be representing the creative needs of the South East Area. Over the next four years, my goal is to support innovation and best practice in the sector, and to enhance access to the arts and culture for young people.
“Cross-sector working is paramount to the growth and resilience of the UKs creative industries. Developing this work will also be an important focus for me and will mean supporting collaboration between schools, further education and higher education institutions, local authorities and creative organisations.”
Arts Council England is a publicly-funded organisation that champions and develops art and culture across the country. Five area councils – the North, Midlands, South East, South West and London – play crucial roles in local and national decision-making.
Throughout her career, Professor Brown has been instrumental in leading and championing creative partnerships and networks. In addition to her role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at UCA, Professor Brown is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts; and Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees for Artswork, the national youth arts agency.
UCA has been a leading force in art and design education for the last 150 years and has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, and Rochester. In 2016, the University joined with the Open College of the Arts, significantly enhancing its provision of art and design education through online and distance learning.