The Dewar Arts Awards Welcome Two New Trustees

We are delighted to welcome two new Trustees to our board – Jenni Fagan and Robyn Stapleton.

Jenni Fagan

In 2007, Jenni received a Dewar Arts Award to support her studies in creative writing at Norwich School of Art & Design, and later at Greenwich University. Since then, she has completed an MA at Royal Holloway and a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.  She has created three fiction novels, five poetry collections, a play and two short films. In 2017 Jenni was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award with ‘The Waken’, and her critically acclaimed works have also appeared on such prestigious lists as Dublin Impac, Sunday Times Short Story Prize, James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Encore Award, and the Pushcart Prize.

Robyn Stapleton

Robyn Stapleton

Robyn is an award-winning singer and song leader who shares her talent and passion for traditional music with audiences and communities throughout Scotland and internationally. Robyn performs in English, Scots and Gaelic. She studied music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and in 2014 won the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician award. She has been nominated as a Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards and in 2021 performed at BBC Scotland’s Burns Night celebrations.

We are grateful to Jenni and Robyn for bringing their wisdom and expertise to the Board of Trustees, and are excited to have them as part of the team.

2019 Awardee: Iain Clarke

iain clarke pianist

"The award has helped enormously towards the funding of my Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music in London, allowing me to work with world class teachers and begin my career in one of the cultural capitals of the world."

Biography

Born on the Isle of Arran, Iain is a critically-acclaimed classical pianist.

After making his concerto debut aged 16 with the Junior RCS Symphony Orchestra, he went on to gain his ATCL diploma in piano with distinction aged 17 and since then has achieved Grade 8 saxophone and clarinet with distinction.

He has won a great number of prizes including 1st prize in the Moray Piano Competition, 1st prize in the National (UK and Ireland) final of the Rotary Young Musician, 1st prize in the RCS’s Dunbar Gerber chamber music competition, 1st in the Lamond Prize solo piano competition, and 2nd prize in the RCS Walcer Prize for Chopin piano solo.

In 2019 he performed his international recital debut at Kaunas Piano Fest in Lithuania. He also gained his Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) with First Class Honours, studying with Jonathan Plowright and Heather Slade-Lipkin, with additional tuition from the likes of Olga Kern and Steven Osborne.

Iain went on to gain a place to study on the Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music in London.

He has performed extensively across the UK in venues including Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Usher Hall and Glasgow City Halls. He has aspirations to make a career as a soloist or collaborative pianist working with orchestras and instrumental soloists.

How the Award Helped

Iain’s Award supported his studies at the Royal College of Music in London.

iain clarke pianist

"The award has helped enormously towards the funding of my Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music in London, allowing me to work with world class teachers and begin my career in one of the cultural capitals of the world."