Business with a social echo is a Big Issue mantra, and now one of the most important figures in the arts in Britain has been recognised for achieving exactly this.
Jude Kelly, artistic director of Southbank Centre, won the inaugural Veuve Clicquot social purpose award to honour her efforts to widen access to culture.
Judges said Kelly championed social purpose beyond the core business of Southbank Centre – the biggest arts hub in the country – and her vision focused on culture being available to all, with half of the artistic programme being free.
The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards celebrate women who have made a significant contribution to business. Kelly said of her win: “As a leader in the arts – an industry still largely dominated at the top by men – I know how significant it is to have female role models for the next generation of leaders, and to learn from the diversity of stories and passions of people from all backgrounds.
— Southbank Centre (@southbankcentre) May 10, 2017