The Duke of York has accepted an invitation to become our Patron, in succession to the late Lord Carrington, K.G.
To mark the association, His Royal Highness has contributed a foreword to our new publication Design Champion, a history of The Royal Fine Art Commission and its role in encouraging good design in the twentieth century.
The Duke of York writes that “the care shown by the Royal Fine Art Commission had its roots in the work of Prince Albert, my great-great-great-grandfather, who chaired its nineteenth century predecessor. His aesthetic sense, insistence on the highest standards and attention to detail inspire me today. I am proud to become Patron of The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust in 2019, as we mark the bicentenary of the birth of Prince Albert, at a time when there is a resurgence of interest in the need for beauty in our environment.”
Stephen Bayley, who succeeds Lord Palumbo of Walbrook as our chairman, adds that: “We are delighted to be working with The Duke of York to spread awareness of how well-designed buildings and places benefit everyone. And RFACT is not afraid to discuss beauty. The more so since there is a growing disparity between the levels of beauty in rich and poor areas: because aesthetic deprivation cannot be quantified does not mean it does not exist. We believe that better design is good for the spirit, the culture and the economy. We will do what we can to ensure that is understood, appreciated and acted upon wherever possible.”