2018/2019 Grant Recipient

I am very pleased to announce that Jacob Elliott Roberts has been awarded the grant this year.

He is currently on the MA Contemporary Dance (EDGE Dance Company) at the London Contemporary Dance School.

You can find his course and Vimeo profiles here:



Wishing him all the best for the rest of the year.

Application Cycle 2018 Is Open

The years keep on passing and this is the 4th year of the Grant.

I’ve given the grant to one student and because I haven’t received any applications during the other years, or received applications from non-creative arts students, I’ve given the grant to working professionals in the creative arts sector.

Fingers crossed, I give it to a student for the 2018/2019 academic year. That’s the original premise of setting this grant up.

My other goal is to also give money to recent graduates within 3 years of their graduation. Another goal is to give money to working professionals as well. But it’s all about the moola and I haven’t won the lottery yet. And I think we’re in a period of austerity… Or so they say (insert shoulders lifted, hands out, palms up, face bemused emoji here).

Good luck!

Invasion of The Not Quite Dead by indie filmmaker, AD LANE

I am very proud to announce that one of the Grant’s recipients is AD LANE.

He is an indie filmmaker who has been creating his passion project for over 10 years: Invasion of The Not Quite Dead.

He’s aiming to premiere it next year. Please check out his Twitter feed where you can also watch the trailer: @IOTNQDfilm

I decided to give the grant to him because no one applied this year and I didn’t want the money to just sit there. That’s not why I set this up in the first place.

I’ve been following AD’s progress on twitter for about a year and a half, and I am so happy that I can finally contribute to his work.

Enjoy the last moments of 2017, everyone!

New Year But Not A New Start

It may be a new academic year and your final one but it’s definitely not a new beginning.

It’s a continuation of everything that you’ve learnt so far to produce your final pieces on your course.

Enjoy it, everyone. The pressure, the realisation that your studies are about to finish.

It’ll be amazing.

And don’t forget to apply for my grant in November!

What are you doing this Easter break?

Yes, what are you doing?

Working on your assignments?

Researching for a project?


Reading?  Writing?

Taking in the Spring weather?

Whatever you’re up to, take half a minute and breath in the Spring air.  Even if you can only manage 5 seconds, as the saying goes, “it’s better than nothing”.

Have a relaxing break before your final term.


I went to a Muay Thai event last night, KO Blood and Glory 8, organised by KO Bloodline.

It was awesome. My first time at a live fighting event. What a great atmosphere.

And I’m here now, travelling to see a friend who is an artist, predominantly a painter. But who also works other jobs to financially support her passion.

I saw how Muay Thai is a passion for all the fighters, trainers and supporters that were there last night. They live and breathe it, most of whom do so, alongside so many other jobs.

My grant may only be for the creative arts, but the passion is the same in any arena. And I applaud that and admire it.

Time, effort, dedication.

So I hope that if you have this, or better yet, just feel it. You’re not alone in what you want to achieve and you can find inspiration from everywhere.

So apply for my grant in your final year of an academic course and know that it’ll be awright after you graduate.

Office of Students is looking for a Chair

What a great opportunity.

Whether you’re thinking of continuing to study at the postgraduate level, how to get those commissions, how to survive while you’re producing work; please take a look at this role that’s been linked through the NUS.

You’re still a student and I agree with the NUS: this Office doesn’t have student representation and you would be a great candidate for the job.  You know what it means to be a student right now and your experience would be invaluable to this newly created body.

Here’s the NUS link: https://www.nus.org.uk/en/news/run-the-office-for-students/

The New Academic Year: 2016/2017

Good luck for your final year, everyone!

I was so pleased to have awarded Eva with my first grant, and I look forward to granting a new final year student again.

I enjoyed rocking up to Eva’s dance showcase and was impressed and awed by her dedication and passion.

I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours, and all of you in your final year.

Applications open on 1 November 2016.