After creating and steering the development of Swindon Dance for over 35 years founding Artistic Director, Marie McCluskey has worked with, guided, mentored and supported literally hundreds of people to watch, make, perform, produce, and study all kinds of dance.

The impact of her contribution to developing dance in the UK spreads far beyond Swindon. For Marie it has always been about the people and she now takes great pleasure in gifting a special fund to support the next generation of dance makers.  Funds for this new award were raised from a collection by artists, participants, colleagues, staff and friends on Marie’s retirement in 2016.  It is planned to offer a similar award in 2018/19.

Closing date for applications is 6pm,  31st March 2017.