16th March 2006




A Lincolnshire-based arts charity is offering to give hundreds of pounds to talented young fashion designers at the University of Lincoln to help fund their studies.


Four students on the BA (Hons) Fashion Studies course at the university’s Lincoln School of Art and Design have been shortlisted for a grant from the Lincolnshire Arts Supporters’ Society.


Members of the society’s committee will be visiting Thomas Parker House on Tuesday 21st March to talk to the students and decide who to award the money to.


The Lincolnshire Arts Supporters’ Society was formed in 1973 and its committee is made up of women from across the county who are dedicated to raising money for the arts.


The committee raises funds by hosting lunches and dinners at country houses and stately homes in Lincolnshire and offers sponsorship to artists in all disciplines.


Marie-Therese Pumfrey, who is a member of the committee, says the society has enjoyed a long association with the University of Lincoln.


“Every year we sponsor students from the University of Lincoln’s School of Art and Design who are able to show a particular talent and determination to succeed in their field of study,” said Mrs Pumfrey.


“On Tuesday we will visit the university and talk to the students who have been put forward by their tutor Carol Brown. After speaking to them we’ll go back to the committee who will decide who merits the money the most and how much we are going to give them.


“We are delighted to be supporting art and design students at the University of Lincoln and are always amazed by their innovation and enthusiasm. The university and in particular the Lincoln School of Art and Design are a wonderful asset to the county.”


For more information on the Lincolnshire Arts Supporters’ Society please contact the Committee Chairman Sue Clark on 01529 455642.


For more information contact: Kate Strawson Press Officer (01522) 886244.

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