April 8, 2024

ARTS AID, the Manx charity that offers financial assistance to Manx students seeking to further their education and development in the arts, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Denton as chairman.

A former chairman of the Association of IOM Corporate Service Providers and a former managing director of the SMP Group of Companies, Mark has been a director of Arts Aid since its inception seven years ago.

During his tenure, SMP sponsored many of the biggest shows at the Gaiety Theatre, as well as numerous plays and dance shows for younger performers and exhibitions for Isle of Man artists. A number of exceptionally talented young performers also received support to go to the UK for training, an initiative Mark has been pleased to see continue through Arts Aid.

A huge fan of musical theatre, Mark has taken to the stage himself, performing at the Gaiety Theatre most recently in Evita. Previous shows include Jesus Christ Superstar, The Producers, Les Misérables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

It’s an experience he believes has given him a unique, first-hand insight into all aspects of the Island’s theatre scene.

“I am delighted to continue supporting elite Manx students to further their education in the arts and it is immensely rewarding to be able to provide financial support allowing our talented young people to pursue a career in their chosen field”, he explained.

Mark succeeds outgoing chairman, David Wertheim, who was the driving force in setting up Arts Aid.

Mark continued: “David was a formidable and focused chairman of Arts Aid. Although we are a small local charity, under David’s leadership, we have helped 30 young people further their education and training in fine art, music, drama, musical theatre and, latterly, fashion design and photography. We wish him a richly deserved second retirement!”

Arts Aid scholarship recipients attend courses at some of Britain’s most esteemed arts institutions with a number of highly talented individuals entering successful careers in the arts following their graduation.

Applicants for awards in 2024 are reminded to submit their application as soon as possible and, in any case, no later than the closing date of 28 May. When submitting, applicants should have already applied for a course at a suitable educational institution. When first applying it is not necessary to have a confirmed place.

Further application information is available here