New Palace Fund Opens To Fuel Future Talent

Posted on: Friday, March 25, 2022

A beacon for arts and culture in Newark, the Palace Theatre has entertained audiences from across the district for over 100 years. Now, as a thank you to the community and in celebration of their 2020 centenary, they’ve launched a new fund supporting the local talent of the future.

Applications for the Our Past, Your Future fund are now open until Saturday 30th April to those aged 16 to 25 and living within Newark and Sherwood who are looking to pursue a career in the arts, whether performing, writing, directing or technical.

Theatre sponsors Tallents Solicitors have been an instrumental partner in the project and said: “The Palace Theatre has been an important part of the Newark community we all live in for over 100 years, with an exceptional pedigree in both welcoming, encouraging and inspiring creative talent in our market town. Tallents Solicitors is very proud to have been a Principal Sponsor of the Palace Theatre Newark for many years, and to be their Centenary Sponsor as they continue to bring entertainment to our community.

“With our continuing support, we are delighted to be able to help the Palace Theatre Newark now reach out to the local community and encourage applications from anyone in need of a grant to enable them to become involved in the wonderful world of the arts.

“We look forward to seeing how this innovative and supportive arts programme will benefit the creative and talented people in our community as they embark on a fulfilling creative career.”

The fund will award a £1500 grant each year for one successful applicant to use towards course fees or living expenses, with the potential for a second, discretionary award of £250 to £500.

It is hoped that the legacy scheme will also give back to the town, with a stipulation that the successful applicant is able and willing to offer something to other young people in Newark after the completion of their course.

Palace Theatre Manager Carys Coulton-Jones said: “Newark really is a treasure trove of talent. Just this month, we’re seeing the premiere of TV show Newark, Newark, written by and starring the town’s own Nathan Foad, and on a more local level the brilliant Newark Amateur Operatic Society are once again taking to our stage with Singin’ in the Rain.

“It’s my hope that this fund will help Newark’s future stars shine bright and make the dreams of local young people that much more achievable.”

To find out more and to apply for the Our Past, Your Future fund, visit