Cultural Champions 2012:

John Blandy and Sue Whitmore

On Tuesday 31st January 2012, John Blandy and Sue Whitmore were given the Cultural Champions Award in recognition for founding Brent Artists’ Resource almost 30 years ago and their contribution to the Arts in London. Individuals, arts organisations, and businesses from London, Sussex, Kent, Norfolk, and Devon came together for a reception at the Foundling Museum in Holborn to celebrate cultural philanthropy and individual giving where it matters most…in the local community!

Hosted by Nick Hurd MP, the Minister for Civil Society, this was an opportunity to recognise and thank those who give so much to the arts, with their time, money and experience.

The 30 Cultural Champions were acknowledged by the Minister and Arts & Business for their invaluable support, and presented with certificates.

Part of an England-wide programme, Arts & Business Cultural Champions, which began in 2010, commends those individuals and businesses who support the arts.

The receptions show that philanthropy doesn’t have to be just about the well-off, but can be part of a much bigger story from all elements of society up and down the country, helping local communities through supporting the arts.

The event at the Foundling Museum kick-started our celebrations for the 2012 Arts & Business Cultural Champions programme.

All photos: Rodrigo Orrantia

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