An evening with the Chief Executive of The Royal Society of Arts

On Thursday 24th June as part of the 2nd Art & Islands and 6th International Small Islands Conference there will be an opportunity to listen to Matthew Taylor the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Arts deliver the Conference’s keynote lecture on Creativity and Sustainable Citizenship.

In this keynote lecture, Matthew Taylor will make the case for what he calls 21st century enlightenment which calls for a different way of thinking about identity, personality and progress. Matthew will then explore the role of place and culture and argue that to counter the homogenising effects of globalisation, we need ‘experiments in living’. Small islands he suggests, like towns and counties, offer an exciting space for such experiments to develop.

This keynote lecture will then be followed by a panel discussion addressing Matthew’s argument in a Guernsey context. The panel will be made up of Graham Daldry, Head of Creative, Specsavers Optical Group; Joanna Littlejohns, Head of Arts Development, Guernsey Arts Commission; Trevor Wakefield, Principal of the College of Further Education; Lauren Barnes, Final Year student at the Courtauld Institute (UCL) and Matthew Taylor. The forum will be moderated by Rod McLoughlin, Cultural Development Officer for the States of Jersey

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor became Chief Executive of the RSA in November 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister.

Matthew was appointed to the Labour Party in 1994 to establish Labour’s rebuttal operation. Before this his activities included being a county councillor, a parliamentary candidate, a university research fellow and the director of a unit monitoring policy in the health service. Until December 1998, Matthew was Assistant General Secretary for the Labour Party. During the 1997 General Election he was Labour’s Director of Policy and a member of the Party’s central election strategy team. He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, Britain’s leading centre-left think tank.

Matthew is a frequent media commentator on policy and political issues, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Observer, New Statesman and Prospect’.

To Book Tickets:

Tickets for the Matthew Taylor Lecture (to include refreshments) can be booked through

This event will be held at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts.  Refreshments will be servied from 5.30pm and the lecture will begin at 6.30pm.

If you have any questions regarding the Conference please email [email protected] or call 01481 739747.


Matthew Taylor’s lecture is part of the 2nd Art & Islands and 6th International Small Islands Conference which is taking place from 23rd to 25th June at Castle Cornet, St Peter Port. Spaces are still available for the Conference and there are a variety of tickets which can be purchased, including a full 3 day ticket, 1 day tickets and half day tickets.

A full Conference timetable can be downloaded here or via

Conference Timetable

If you would like to book tickets for the Conference, please email Mary Carberry, [email protected] or call 01481 240606.

The Matthew Taylor evening has been made possible by generous sponsorship from the Specsavers Optical Group.

Matthew Taylor Lecture

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