Author: Cleo Saunders


In January, students and trustees gathered at UWE to hear drama student Ella Walmisley’s presentation about her Travel Scholarship visit to Jaipur. During two weeks at the Taabar Centre, Ella worked with orphan students and enabled them to deliver a barnstorming performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Ella’s interest in Indian Street Theatre gave her a useful perspective on their performance, and the project focussed her on her third year direction towards drama therapy, resulting in an excellent presentation and report.

COLDHARBOUR MILL: inspiring textiles

Neil Elliss Brookes used his grant in September for a residency at this fascinating site in Devon, to develop work celebrating an important part of Britain’s industrial history – the textile mill. he plans to develop a further body of work to be shown as a summer exhibition. Neil says: “Your original funding has been extremely helpful in providing a vital stepping stone for me to get to this point.”


In December our latest Gane Travel Scholar, Prema Chandiramani, presented a fascinating account of her visit to India chasing colour: she visited Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur. Prema met visual artists, sculptors, dancers, musicians and a Jain temple priest, learnt miniature-painting, and investigated the role colour plays in Indian life and culture. Now she’s embedding her findings into her ceramics, print and collage for her final year.


Cora Newton fell in love with Egyptian architecture during family visits, and filled sketchbooks with strong geometric drawings. Then she turned them into dramatic prints and quilted garments, gaining her the Gane/Design and Industries Association Prize at City of Bath College, in her second year on the Fashion and Clothing Course.


An amazing 8114 people enjoyed artist-sculptor Fiona Campbell’s STEP IN STONE, the September art-in-quarries trail in the Mendip Hills: among them rock-climbers, cavers, bikers, musicians, cyclists, homeless people, art and nature lovers and ex-quarry workers. Its legacy includes a documentary film, catalogues, website, and permanent artwork donated and used at Somerset Earth Science Centre.


A Curator at the Ken Stradling Collection – thanks to the Gane Trust

Gane Trust supports modern design collection

This year the Trust has a new activity to support, funding the salary of Chris Yeo, Curator of a major collection of modern design and craft based in Bristol: the Ken Stradling Collection.

This is an important contribution to present day design – the collection is a wonderful resource for inspiration as well as study, put together from objects sold at the Bristol Guild since 1949, when Ken Stradling first began to work there as the buyer for this remarkable shop.

The Collection has attracted a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which has enabled it to open one day a week on Wednesdays, but the Trust’s support has enabled it to build on this and develop exhibitions and activities through the work of its curator, secure in his funding until 2016.

The Ken Stradling Collection also houses iconic pieces of furniture designed for the Gane Trust’s founder, Crofton Gane, in the 1930s, on loan from the Gane Trust, who saved them for Bristol through Ken Stradling’s speedy action.

Picture: Ken Stradling with a new Lucie Rie pot for his collection


September 2013 Nutshell Dance premiere update

Retrospective by Nutshell Dance premiere announced September 2013
Mari Frogner has sent us this exciting update on the Gane Award we gave her in May:

“I am incredibly grateful for the support from the Gane Trust. The money from the Trust together with support from Roehampton University allowed me to start creating Retrospective, my first full length dance work.

Retrospective deals with topics of adolescence – unknown emotions, budding sexuality, insecurities and unfamiliar identities. I explore these topics from a very personal place, combining my Scandinavian point of view with my current perspective as a choreographer working in a world where female voices are scarce.

As the process has gone along – the project has attracted more support and is supported by Wandsworth Council, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and with public funding by Arts Council England – and will premiere at the Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell on October 29th 2013.”

Picture: dancers from Nutshell’s Antonello Apicella, Hannah Cameron, Sarah Hitch, Jenny Reeves & Harriet Waghorn

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