On Wednesday the 8th February at the Castle Hotel, Taunton Julie O’Donnell FRSA, Chair of the trustees of Arts Taunton, gave an inspiring talk on the ‘The Impact of Arts on wellbeing in the community’. The talk, to Fellows of the Taunton Network of the Royal Society of Arts and their guests, was intellectually coherent and larded with examples. A succinct account of arts in the community progressed from definition to how we measure the impact of the arts across the wide ranging themes of individual private experience, the all encompassing benefits to business and the value to education. Julie drew in her audience to the ensuing discussion on what the arts mean to them personally. This was a lively vindication of the role of arts in society and a thoroughly enjoyable evening to boot.
Media appearances include:
Surviving being ‘Paxman-ed’ live on Newsnight; BBC Breakfast studio guest; numerous local radio stations; studio appearance on Sky News.; regular review of day’s news features for BBC Somerset; ‘Desert Island Discs’-type feature on BBC Bristol.
Numerous speaker engagements include: pre-dinner speaker for Charity Commission; multiple conferences and workshops (including keynote speaker engagements) eg for the TUC, Rotary International, BFCHP; NNCH, Institute of Directors, events at House of Commons, House of Lords.
Conference chair includes events at King’s Fund; Hospital Saturday Fund (stand-in for Gaby Logan); national conference on disability.