ArtsTaunton, the charity working to transform Somerset’s County Town into a major regional centre for the arts, has secured a pledge of £250,000 to facilitate its plans to mount an annual festival by young people for young people.
The commitment by the Brownsword Charitable Foundation, led by philanthropist and entrepreneur Andrew Brownsword CBE DL, has established a strong financial base for the festival which will enable it to plan, develop and grow over the next six years and beyond.
“We want our gift to be a springboard to inspire and encourage others to back this wonderful enterprise and to grow it as far as possible,” said Mr Brownsword. “This annual festival will be a fantastic platform on which to educate and develop young people from all backgrounds in all forms of artistic endeavour over the years to come.”
Martyn Owen, Vice-Chairman of ArtsTaunton and the Director responsible for facilitating the Festival, said: “This will become the must-see young people’s Arts Festival in South West England, showcasing the best of our young creative talent between the ages of five and twenty-five. It will also encourage gifted participants with individual needs, and be inclusive of all socio-economic areas, groups and backgrounds within Taunton Deane.”
ArtsTaunton Founder and Trustee, Kit Chapman added: “We are all thrilled. Andrew Brownsword has underpinned the longer-term development of the Festival and given us a firm foundation for our vision to be realized and fulfilled with confidence. Now the search is on for a Festival Director and we are inviting expressions of interest from qualified candidates for this exciting post”.
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