The Dartington Hall Trust has appointed the Bristol Old Vic CEO, Emma Stenning, onto its board in a solid show of commitment to its arts programming, creativity and innovation.
One of the most influential arts people in the country, Emma has been leading the transformation of Bristol Old Vic, overseeing the £25m refurbishment of its iconic Georgian theatre and the revitalisation of the organisation’s creative life and public profile, locally, nationally and internationally. Currently, Bristol Old Vic has two shows in the West End: Tom Morris’ production of ‘The Grinning Man’ and Richard Eyre’s staging of ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’, starring Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons.
Emma Stenning at Bristol Old Vic Theatre (photograph: Geraint Lewis)
‘I am thrilled to be joining The Dartington Hall Trust. For too long, I had admired Dartington from afar, hearing from friends and colleagues across the South West that the estate was a place of innovative thought, energetic creativity and true inspiration. I have finally seen for myself what a special place this is.
‘This is a unique and audacious experiment – one unrivalled in the UK arts world, and one that I very much want to be a part of.’
Arts have featured strongly in The Dartington Hall Trust’s contemporary history and remain intrinsic to the place’s identity. It was the Trust’s founders, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, who inspired the belief that arts were central to human completeness.
Said Dr Greg Parston, chair of The Dartington Hall Trust:
‘With Emma Stenning joining the board, we are significantly strengthening the Trust’s role and influence in the arts world. Our art programmes are once again pushing the boundaries of quality and social relevance and are a key growth in our new transformation strategy. Emma knows about how to reinvigorate organisations and she will help us create a new legacy of development, learning and practice that will sustain the Trust well into the future.’