Lord Mayor of London's Cultural Scholarship Scheme
On Monday 25th April 2016, we were pleased to host a number of guests at the Mansion House, by kind permission of the Rt. Hon the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman the Lord Mountevans. Attendees were invited from the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars, the committee of the Cultural Scholarship Scheme, participating schools and students and, of course, the many museums, galleries and heritage institutions that have kindly offered placements to our students.
This event marked five successful years of the Cultural Scholarship Scheme, as well as an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who had made all of this possible over the years.
Geoffrey Bond OBE, founder of the Cultural Scholarship Scheme, spoke about the importance of introducing young people to the rich heritage that London provides. He thanked the City of London Academy (Southwark) for helping to set up the Scholarship Scheme in the first place, as well as their continued support of the programme. He also thanked all of the museums and galleries that have provided placements for the students – without their continued support none of this would have been possible. Geoffrey was also extremely pleased to report that we have received more placements than ever before this year, offering fantastic opportunities to even more students.
The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lord Mountevans, then spoke in support of the Cultural Scholarship Scheme, of which the Lord Mayor has continued to be patron since first being supported by Alderman Nick Anstee.
Students from the City of London Academy (Southwark) with the Rt. Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lord Mountevans, and Chairman of the Cultural Scholarship Chairman, Geoffrey Bond OBE,
“Here in London and the UK, we are fortunate to be surrounded by an unbelievable wealth of cultural items and institutions. And we must hand on the knowledge of their unique attributes, as well as their care and conservation, to future generations.
“So thank goodness for the City of London Cultural Scholarship! Founded 5 years’ ago by former Sheriff, Geoffrey Bond - Geoffrey – thank you for your vision and leadership in addressing an important issue. Namely, that many young people from Inner London schools were disconnected from London’s precious cultural offer, and from the incredible potential of the ‘cultural economy’. As we know – culture, arts and the creative industries are among the fastest growing global sectors; making a critical contribution to jobs and growth. We want more young people to access roles at the forefront of the UK’s cultural sector – in order to keep this sector strong and competitive.”
The Rt. Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lord Mountevans, speaking with Cultural Scholarship Scheme Chairman, Geoffrey Bond OBE, at the Mansion House.
Students from The City of London of Academy were in attendance and enjoyed the chance to meet with former mentors from their placements, as well as talk about their experiences with members of the Company of Arts Scholars.
It was wonderful to see so many people in support of the Cultural Scholarship Scheme, and we hope to run a similar thank you reception next year after another successful year of supporting state school students in gaining work experience in the cultural sector.
City of London Academy (Southwark) student Catriona Poon speaking with the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Lord Mountevans, and Cultural Scholarship Scheme Chairman, Geoffrey Bond OBE, about her two week placement at Sir John Soane’s Museum.