Sam Mostyn, Non-executive director and sustainability advisor
“I believe that many of the issues that we deal with in communities are stuck in language and in specialists that feel quite distant from us. The role of arts and culture is often to help interpret and translate these very complex issues into human experiences.
“So when we go to a theatre, go to a beautiful building or read a book, we’re immediately transported on a human level to issues that we can’t access when we’re given those same problems from scientists, from accountants, from economists, from politicians.
“Coming together as communities to understand these challenges, and to understand the role we can all play in addressing them, makes us feel less alone in the face of some of these issues. I think when you have a cultural response, you feel much more connected to others who care about the same things.
“There are moments of absolute inspiration that the arts and culture take us to, and help us lift up out of ourselves to behave differently and be our better selves.”