“I feel proud to have been asked to join Chris Smith as a Patron, because I’ve come greatly to admire Smiths Row since moving into the area a few years ago. It is one of the outstanding galleries that are so important to showing the work of contemporary artists and makers round Britain, and Smiths Row does so with imagination and flair.”
Geoffrey Crossick is Chair of the Crafts Council, part-time Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s major Cultural Value Project and Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the School of Advanced Study, University of London. His previous roles include being Warden of Goldsmiths and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London.
"it's an honour and a delight to become a Patron of this wonderful contemporary art gallery. We Smiths have to stick together after all! and Smiths Row is rapidly establishing itself as a space where innovation, quality and contemporary creativity come together. It's a terrific asset, not only for Bury St Edmunds, but for the whole region."
Lord Smith, who studied for his MA and PhD in English Literature at Cambridge University, has a lifelong interest in the arts and an outstanding reputation for his work as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, a post he occupied from 1997 to 2001. He collects contemporary craft, is Chairman of the Wordsworth Trust and the Donmar Warehouse Theatre. He is a Visiting Professor in Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of the Arts London, and an honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. He helped found the Clore Leadership Programme and directed the programme from 2003-2008 when he stepped down to become Chairman of the Environment Agency. He was created a life peer in 2005 taking the title Lord Smith of Finsbury, and took his seat in the House of Lords in July 2005.
(l-r) Geoffrey Crossick and Lord Smith