The Suter And NBS Partner To Promote Youth Well-Being Through Art

27 February 2024

The Suter Art Gallery has launched a new scholarship programme that will give students from local schools the chance to join after-school art classes at The Suter. The initiative aims to provide an opportunity for enrichment to students who have a passion and interest in visual art and would not otherwise be able to attend classes.

NBS is the first business to support The Suter’s programme and will cover the cost for this intake of students. The programme is open to donations from anyone, whether an individual or a business.

The programme was initially rolled out to eight local schools for the 2024 academic year and hopes to have a wide reach in our communities. Each school can nominate one student to receive the scholarship for up to a year. The scholarship covers the class fee and materials cost, and a contribution towards travel costs.

Dr Esther McNaughton, Education Team Leader at The Suter, said, “We are thrilled to launch this programme with the generous support of NBS. We believe that art can make a positive difference in the lives of young people and help them develop their creativity, curiosity, and confidence. We hope that this programme will open doors to a new world of possibilities for the recipients and possibly even inspire the next generation of artists and art lovers in our community.”

The Suter acknowledges the challenges that many families are facing due to the cost-of-living crisis and the impact it has on their lives; and hopes that this programme will help ease some of the financial burden and provide a rewarding experience for the students and their families. The Suter welcomes anyone to get in touch and explore how they can get involved in sponsorship arrangements.

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Image: Kathy Barry, 2019 Watercolour and graphite pencil on paper. On long term loan to the Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū