People we support are using our grants to make a real difference in their lives.
We want to SHARE their achievements, PASS ON what they have learned, and TELL you what we're up to.



In January, Students and trustees gathered at UWE to hear drama student Ella Walmisley’s presentation about her Travel Scholarship visit to Jaipur in 2017. 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.

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Thank you, Ken Stradling

Last year we said goodbye to our longest serving trustee, ex-chairman Ken Stradling – our last direct link with Crofton Gane whom he knew for many years. Both were passionate advocates of modern design, Crofton at Gane’s of Bristol, Ken at the Bristol Guild. Ken has retired after many years of service to the Trust to develop the Ken Stradling Collection at 48 Park Row where we meet, so we will happily still be in touch – and here he celebrates his birthday with the Trustees. Visit his website here www.stradlingcollection.org


Hail and Farewell

In 2017 we said goodbye to two valuable trustees – our financial wizard, Ben Barman and Shekar Beenuck who has been our link to the University of the West of England’s Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. Ben has guided the Trust’s finances for many years and quietly carried on Crofton Gane’s Quaker legacy, while Shekar has expertly mentored the Travel Scholarships in the Nursing department.  We shall miss them both but welcome Trustee Chris Willmore as our Treasurer, and new Trustee Brenda Clarke as liaison with UWE (here with Chairman Byron Thomas in the Bristol Guild cafe).

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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.

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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.

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