Art and Design education in Norwich - a lasting legacy
Norwich has a long standing connection with the arts including the Norwich Twenty Group, founded in 1944, and the nineteenth century Norwich School of Painters. The annual Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Castle Museum and the Gallery at NUA draw international practitioners into the city. Since 1845, not only has the art school in Norwich occupied a place in the heart of the community but also the students' workshops and studios are housed in some of the city's most historic buildings.
From the 1960s the school became particularly well known for the disciplines of graphic design and painting, coming together with Great Yarmouth College of Art in 1989 to form Norfolk Institute of Art and Design (NIAD). Renamed Norwich School of Art and Design in 1994 and Norwich University College of the Arts in 2007 before becoming a university in 2013, NUA now awards its own degrees and in 2010 offered a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses. NUA continues to earn its excellent international reputation, and our students enjoy being part of the city's dynamic creative community.
Your support will help future generations of artists and designers flourish here in Norwich.
Can I choose how my money is spent?
When you make a donation you can chose whether your money goes to Scholarships and Bursaries, The Gallery at NUA or our General Development Fund.
The NUA Alumni Fund was established in 2011 to allow our graduates to support current and future students by donating money to projects that enhance the student experience. A gift to the Alumni Fund can be made at any time and whatever the size of your gift, it will make a difference.
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Friends of NUA play an essential role in supporting the work of current students and the future sustainability of the University. In return for your support, Friends enjoy a range of benefits including invites to Private Views, Fashion Shows and Lectures.
Making a Gift
You can now make a donation online via our mydonate page. Hosted by BT, mydonate is a not-for-profit online fundraising tool and is a secure, quick and easy way to make a gift and as BT does not charge a handling fee on donations recevied, more of your money will come straight to the areas where it is needed most. If you are a UK tax payer, you can also add gift aid to your donation, increasing your gift in value by 25% without costing you an extra penny.
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Alternatively, if you want to make a gift by cheque or set up a direct debit to spread the cost of your donation, you can download a donation form and return to us at:
Alumni and Development Office
Norwich University of the Arts
3-7 Redwell Street
Other ways you can support NUA
There are many other ways in which you can support NUA and current students either by sponsoring an event, offering a work placement or internship, featuring in a career case study, becoming a mentor or buying student work. To discuss alternative avenues of support please contact the Alumni and Development Office by call calling 01603 756288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher education enables dedicated students to follow their dreams and excel in their chosen subject area. Not only will a committed and nurtured arts graduate have the skills and experience to turn their creativity into a way of life, but also their work and practice enables others to see the world in a different way.
Being offered the opportunity to study at degree level is often a student's long-held dream, however once they arrive and settle in to undergraduate life it can be hard to make ends meet or afford extra materials. Increasingly students take on a significant amount of part time work to fund their studies. A prize or scholarship can help reduce this pressure and encourage the student to focus on their work and allow them to buy the best materials and exhibit their work in a more professional manner.
A recipient of a scholarship also benefits from the encouragement that someone else's support gives them. The feeling that someone recognises their potential and is prepared to invest money in them and their work can give a student an enormous confidence boost.
Through the generous support of our friends and other donors, the University is able to offer students a number of scholarships and bursaries to help them fund their creative education at Norwich including a distinguished historical list of supporters, including a three-year Henry Moore Fellowship in Sculpture which was introduced in 1982.
Jennifer Davey Award for Fine Art
Jennifer Davey was a great advocate of the arts with a personal interest in Art History. This award offered by her husband Brian in her memory is a combination of cash and workshop material vouchers and is given to a student who has shown great potential during their first and second years of study.
The first recipient of the award was Cheri Smith, BA Fine Art Year 3 in recognition of her potential shown and developed through the first two years of her course. Brian particularly wanted to support a student who had shown progression and who with an extra bit of encouragement and financial support could improve their marks even further during their final year and to help lift the burden of the cost of studying for their education.
By sponsoring an award to a Fine Art student, Brian wanted Jennifer's legacy to continue, as he explained: "I know without doubt that this award is something that she would have loved to do anonymously but as she was never anonymous to me or her friends, I am now fortunate enough to make it happen in her name."
Richardson Brown Travel Prize
The Richardson Brown Travel Prize is offered in memory of Frances Brown, a former student who left a legacy to NUA to award a travel bursary worth £400. The prize is offered to a current second year student who achieves over 70% in their unit 4 assessment and allows them the opportunity to travel abroad to enhance their creative practice. Students are invited to submit a proposal to demonstrate how receiving the award will help them to travel to a specific destination to research an aspect of their work and to gain inspiration which they wouldn't be able to afford without the bursary.
This year's recipient of the Richardson Brown Travel Prize is Georgie Gilbert, BA Fashion Year 2. Georgie's proposal was to visit Barcelona to study the art nouveau architecture and the work of Antonio Gaudi which inspires her work in particular in terms of structure, creative pattern cutting, colour, silhouette and form of the garments she designs. Georgie is planning her visit during the summer vacation and on her return will present to the panel a travelogue of her trip including visual material such as photos and sketches and how the visit has influenced her designs.