These days Kelly herself has become somewhat of a pioneer of the arts. She sat on the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Board, represents Britain on cultural affairs within UNESCO and is the founder and chair of Metal, an artistic laboratory.
In 1997 she received the honor of Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to British arts and culture. And in February, Kelly was named one of the 100 most powerful women in Britain by BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour.
While she doesn't recognize her work as revolutionary, she does believe she has been part of a larger shift in the UK's cultural landscape.
"I think I have been part of a transformative movement, a pioneering movement of people saying that we must never underestimate what human beings are capable of.
"We have got a right, a duty to make more space, more time, more opportunity for the many and not the few."