23 March 2011
University Centre Folkestone (UCF) and the Creative Foundation have initiated a partnership to help Creative Arts graduates in the early stages of their career.
The Creative Foundation is offering a graduate student from UCF use of a studio or office space in the Creative Quarter for six months free of all costs. After the six months period, the applicant will be offered the option to rent the studio at the prevailing rate.
Each year the initiative will support a potential graduate from any creative arts discipline studied at University Centre Folkestone. In the first year the space will be available to any UCF graduate; from September 2011 onwards the space will be open to students graduating in the year of application.
Chris Price, Campus Director at University Centre Folkestone, said: "This initiative represents a great opportunity for our graduates, who may be embarking on their careers in challenging economic circumstances. It offers them a vital step on the first rung of the ladder, and we are delighted that the Creative Foundation has recognised, in a very concrete and practical fashion, the contribution our graduates may make to the artistic, social and economic life of the town."
Applications will be assessed by the Creative Foundation and two representatives from University Centre Folkestone. The initiative runs from September to September each year.
Application forms are available from Jane Seaman at University Centre Folkestone (Mill Bay, Folkestone, CT20 1JG) or online at www.ucf.ac.uk.
The deadline for submissions in 2011 is 30 June.
Notes to Editor
The Creative Foundation’s vision is that Folkestone will be recognised nationally and internationally as a centre of cultural excellence, renowned for its contemporary public art, where creative individuals and businesses thrive and local people are proud of the town as a great place to live, learn, work, play and visit.
The initiative supports the Creative Foundation’s goals to:
- Develop a Creative Quarter in the old town of Folkestone by acquiring and refurbishing properties and leasing them to artists and creative businesses as studios, galleries, retail spaces and apartments.
- Deliver a programme of artistic activities covering visual arts, performing arts, community events and festivals, including the Folkestone Triennial.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
- As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
- Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
- Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
- Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.