2018 Fully Grounded

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Great Scott! Fertile Ground appoints a new Development Director

Catherine Scott joins Fertile Ground Dance Ltd in time for their annual fundraising event, St Lucia by Fertile Ground, celebrating the Swedish Festival of Light, which will be held on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at Dance City. Her role will be to support the company in its development, including fundraising activity and partnership development.

“Catherine brings twelve years of skills and experience working in the Arts and Cultural sector and myself and the board are delighted to have her as part of the growing team at Fertile Ground,” said Dora Frankel, founder of the company. “Fertile Ground is at an exciting point and I was drawn to the quality and ambition of the company. I’m looking forward to supporting Dora, the dancers and the wider team in the coming months.” said Catherine.

Fertile Ground was successful in gaining National Lottery Arts Council England funding earlier in 2017 which allowed the company to reflect on their ground breaking history and forge new routes ahead, the role of Development Director is part of that future planning. Alongside the appointment of Catherine Scott as Development Director, 2 undergraduates join the company as interns from Northumbria University funded by Santander and Fertile Ground.

Nicole Malloy, a first year student said; “I was over the moon to get the opportunity to work with Fertile Ground as their Social Media Officer. It’s an exciting placement and it is definitely broadening my knowledge and skills, particularly in the dance sector.”

Emily Gordon joins Nicole as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator. This is not the first time Emily, who is in her fourth year at Northumbria University, has worked for Fertile Ground; “I was in Nicole’s position in my second year as an intern with the company, I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to work with Dora and the team again.” Emily is leading on the preparations for the annual St Lucia fundraising event.

At the helm of Fertile Ground is Dora Frankel ‘doyenne of dance’, who has been based in the North East for almost 20 years championing emerging dance artists and high quality dance work in schools, visit www.fertileground.org.uk for examples of the kind of work the company does. With patrons Lindsay Kemp and Wayne Sleep alongside the new appointments, Dora and the team are aiming to reach even more of the wider public by providing individuals both young and old, with access to inspirational and aspirational performances and educational opportunities.

For more details and to discuss attendance to the St Lucia annual fundraising event, please contact Emily Gordon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator marketing@fertileground.org.uk

Notes to the editor:

Fertile Ground’s mission is to make the North East the place to dance – nurturing, challenging and inspiring a new generation of dance artists to develop and present inspirational and accessible dance for the people of the North; ultimately to aspire and inspire young people from across the region.

Formerly Dora Frankel Dance, Fertile Ground is a not-for-profit company dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging dance artists in the North East region. Dora Frankel has over 40 years dance experience and has been based in the region for nearly 20 years. Enquiries please contact Dora Frankel dora@fertileground.org.uk or telephone (0191) 2695581

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