August 31, 2023

Now in its sixth year, Isle of Man charity ARTS AID has announced scholarships for 17 exceptionally talented Isle of Man students in the arts.

The 2023 recipients are attending some of the leading arts institutions in the United Kingdom, undertaking a wide range of degree and diploma courses including acting, dance, drama, music, musical theatre, virtual theatre, fine art, photography, and design.

Three recipients commencing their final year of studies next month are: Amy Convery (Laine Theatre Arts – Epsom: 3-Year Diploma in Musical Theatre); Lily Dodd (London Studio Theatre: BA – Professional Performance) and Lewis Pycroft (Rose Bruford College – Sidcup: BA – Virtual Theatre & Digital Experiences).

Five other recipients are due to begin their second year: Gracel Delos Santos (LAMDA: BA – Professional Acting); Meisie Germyshuis (PPA – Guildford: 3-Year Diploma – Musical Theatre); Annabel King (Fitzwilliam College – University of Cambridge: BA – Music); Paulina Kurzydlowska (Liverpool Hope University: BA – Fine Art); and Aislinn Lace (SLP College – Leeds: 3-Year Diploma in Dance & Musical Theatre).

The new recipients about to start university are: Rosie Baxter (Bird College: BA – Musical Theatre); Millie Christian (PPA – Guildford: 3-Year Diploma – Musical Theatre); Lexi Forbes (Central School of Speech & Drama – London: BA – Contemporary Performance Practice); Sam Hills-Field (Royal Welsh College of Music – Cardiff: B Music); Josie Laisney (University of Brighton: BA – Fashion Design); Anjali Morgan (University of Salford: BA – Photography); Josh Morrison (Northern School of Contemporary Dance – Leeds: BA – Contemporary Dance); Lucia Prince (Bath Spa University: BA – Fashion Design); and Sebastien Sgouraditis (Birmingham Conservatoire: B Music).

The Directors of ARTS AID are again very grateful to their corporate, charity and individual sponsors. This year these include ILS World, Isle of Man Advertising & PR, and Ramsey Crookall, as well as the trustees of the WHC Brien Musical Benefactor, Elizabeth Clucas and J R Moore Charitable Trusts. Our travel partner, Loganair, kindly continues to offer discounted travel to award recipients.

Announcing that ARTS AID has reached the milestone of granting over £250,000 in awards since 2018, David Wertheim, chairman, said: “Once again the Directors faced the enviable task of granting awards for study in the arts to an exceptionally talented group of applicants. We have offered a total of 17 scholarships which is more than ever before. We congratulate all our recipients on their splendid achievements and wish them success in their studies over the coming year and in their future careers in the arts. This year we also reached the remarkable milestone of granting over £250,000 in awards since we began in 2018. Our model of engaging the third and private sectors to become partners in funding arts education is wholly validated. What began as an inspirational idea 10 years ago is now a reality.”

Adrienne Burnett, Director and former Head of Ballakermeen High School, added: “Our award recipients this year include students who have attended every one of the Island’s high schools, King William’s College and, for the first time, students moving on from vocational courses at UCM. We were hugely impressed with the range of talent from throughout the island.”