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Supporting young people to find a creative career

Posted onPosted on 1st May

Young people in Newark and Sherwood can apply for a grant to help them reach centre stage in their creative career.

The Palace Theatre, Newark, has announced that applications for the Our Past Your Future fund are open until Friday, 28th June.

The scheme is offered in partnership with Tallents Solicitors.

Anyone aged 16-25 and hoping to pursue a career in any avenue of the industry, including (but not limited to) stage management, lighting and sound, costume and wardrobe, script writing, choreography, or business with an arts bias, could win a grant of £1,500 towards course fees or living expenses if they have a place to study any creative arts subject in 2024-25.

The Our Past Your Future fund was created by the theatre to mark its centenary in 2020.
Newark and Sherwood District Council’s portfolio holder for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, Coun Rowan Cozens, said: “The district has a strong history of art and cultural heritage.

“Buildings like the Palace Theatre are testament to the importance previous generations placed on practical arts subjects, so we hope this will enable them to become involved in the wonderful world of the performing arts.

“Young people put so much hard work and dedication in to get to a high level of attainment in arts subjects, especially as these areas are often extra-curricular, so I am delighted that we can support them with this fund.”

Carys Coulton-Jones, business manager for Heritage and Culture at the council, added: “The team at the Palace believes passionately in the importance of the arts and in their potential to improve lives. This fund seeks to encourage local young people’s creative aspiration, and to create a network of people from Newark and Sherwood working in all aspects of the creative industries.’

Applicants are asked to demonstrate their passion for the arts and plans for a future in the industry through a short application form. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in July.

Alistair Millar, partner at Tallents Solicitors, pictured with Carys, added: “The Palace Theatre has been an important part of the Newark community for over 100 years, with a history of welcoming, encouraging and inspiring creative talent in our market town. With our continuing support, we hope that the theatre can reach out to the local community and support young people in need of a grant. We look forward to seeing how this programme will continue to benefit the creative and talented people in our community as they embark on a fulfilling career.”

Applicants must live in Newark and Sherwood and be aged 16-25 on 1st January of the year they will begin their course.

More information, as well as the application form, can be found at Contact if you would like to discuss any aspect of the award before you apply. Applications are open until Friday, 28th June.