Charitable Funds


The Arts Club supports and administers a number of funds that help local young people to improve their skills in and access to the Arts, in all its many forms. If you are interested in receiving support from any of the funds below, please contact the individual administrators directly.

Douglas Strickland Bursary

This Bursary, inaugurated in 1988 and named after the late Canon Douglas Strickland, once a prominent member of the Club, is based on the original and generous bequests made by members of The Isle of Purbeck Arts Club, and is administered by it. It provides funds which are available today to nine schools in the locality. The purpose is to stimulate appreciation and education in all branches of the Arts not readily available from normal education sources. Each year schools apply for a grant, the committee selects the most deserving cases, and these (totalling many hundreds of pounds) are awarded at a Cheese and Wine evening in the Arts Club in the Autumn.

Fostering an appreciation of the Arts by young people is our concern, and the Douglas Strickland Bursary hopes to help improve arts in schools for many years to come.

Contact: Mrs Carole Figg – 01929 423517

Emmie and Rex Neate Fund

Emmie and Reginald Aslin Neate were members of the Arts Club and Rex, as he was known, was a founder member of the Studio Workshop. Emmie was also a member of the Purbeck Flower Group. When he died in November 1992, Rex left money to establish the ‘Emmie and Rex Neate Fund’. The stated purpose of the fund is to encourage artists on the recommendation of the Studio Workshop and to encourage the art of flower arranging through the Purbeck Flower Group. To date the fund has supported a number of workshops for the artists. It has also supported students in drama and music, the Writers Group, the Purbeck Instruments Loan Scheme (PILS) and, established the Emmie and Rex Neate prize for the most promising art student at the Swanage School.

Contact: Mr. Douglas Addison 01929 480119

The Pat Tunnell Fund

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Pat was a member of the Arts Club the Belvedere Singers and Canzonetta. Pat was a talented singer, dancer, pianist and artist. The fund was established in her memory by her husband Ken Embleton to provide bursaries for young singers.

Applications to this bursary should be made by August annually, and an award will be given in September following auditions. The bursary has been set up to help young, ambitious and talented singers aged 16-25 with a strong local connection to the Isle of Purbeck.

Click this link to download an Application Form.

Further information on Pat and the fund can be found here: Trust explanation, along with the Trust terms & conditions

For a pre-printed application form, please collect from the IOPAC box in Earthlights Cafe, 36 High Street, Swanage or contact Kathy Farrell on 0117 9869722 or at