What we do
The Trust was founded in 1989 by Shu-Yao Fenton in memory of her husband Colin, a collector of antiques and pictures and a dedicated supporter of the arts. Following her death in 2000 the substantial part of her estate passed to the Trust. This generous gift provided the Trust with an endowment large enough to expand its work considerably.
The Trust's overall aim is to give encouragement and financial support to those actively contributing to the creative arts in the U.K. It seeks to assist individuals and organisations who are making a worthwhile contribution to the artistic and cultural life of this country. In particular it wishes to support artists at the beginning of their careers, the often expressed desire of our founder.
The Trust has three objectives :
- to support final year or postgraduate students through the award of scholarships or bursaries
- to provide grants which will support or reward work or performance by individuals early in their careers
- to provide grants for institutions or organisations that share these aims.
The Fenton Arts Trust Grants are available to support individual works, activities, performances or prizes in the fields of drama, painting, sculpture, ballet, music and poetry.
An application may come from a group, company or institution, or from an individual so long as the application does not involve support of academic study.
The Fenton Arts Trust Scholarships / Bursaries are for a one year period each in the first instance and are awarded to final year and postgraduate students at schools of art, drama and dance at the discretion of each institution.
Applications may come from any institution which provides appropriate study opportunities and wishes to offer its students the scholarships or bursaries, but may not come from individual students.
Islington Arts Factory
"With your kind support we held two fantastic group exhibitions for postgraduate artists here, curated to a very high standard."
Katherine Hucker's 'Metamorphose' Islington Arts Factory
York Saxophone Choir
"There was marked improvement in the ensemble's performance as a result of Richard Ingham's coaching and we are very grateful to The Fenton Arts Trust for its generous support for this." Yorkshire Saxophone Choir.