In July 2015 Aileen Getty and Stephen Daldry became our first honorary patrons.
A generous supporter of the National Centre and of Circus more widely for many years, Aileen is passionate about the growth of the art form and the transformative power of circus. She said:
"I fell in love with the National Centre for Circus Arts. It has been a source of inspiration for me, a place that brings me joy and a deep sense of belonging. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to help the Centre spread that gift to as many people as possible."
A retired circus performer himself, Stephen has a long history with the National Centre having worked with the organisation during the London 2012 Olympic Games. As a patron Stephen will be contributing to the Centre’s role in progressing the art form artistically. He said:
"I have been involved with the National Centre for Circus Arts in different capacities for many years and am thrilled with the accomplishments and potential of this extraordinary educational resource. Not just for London, but for the whole country.
"Circus continues to grow, expand and ignite peoples imaginations throughout the United Kingdom. The National Centre is at the heart of a new movement which re-evaluates what circus truly means, frees it from the shackles of history and allows the art form to be at the forefront of new imaginative language which can access everyone, whatever their cultural background. The space itself is extraordinary and the people who run it inspirational. I am delighted to become a patron of the National Centre for Circus Arts”
Thank you from the National Centre
“In the past 25 years, we have trained more than 50,000 people in Circus Arts. During this time we have seen our industry go through hugely positive changes and Circus continues to grow and improve. Aileen and Stephen’s support will be hugely valuable to help us to continue to spread the word about the value of Circus, both for those performing and in the audience.” – Kate White, CEO