Sir: Like Sir Kenneth Robinson (letter, 28 March), I am puzzled by Michael Daley's attack on Sir Roy Shaw. Although I worked at the Arts Council during Sir Roy's tenure as secretary-general, I was unaware of any determination on his part to create a safe career structure for administrators. I do think that as chair of the union group I might have noticed this.
Roy Shaw was a reforming force at the Arts Council but to the good. He challenged lazy thinking about artistic judgements, tried to introduce intellectual rigour and, in the process, unsettled some vested interests. I hope he will be remembered particularly for introducing the concept of education, the lasting effects of which can now be seen in the practices of many arts organisations throughout Britain.
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