ArtHouse Jersey is delighted to announce that the Olive Brown Bursary this year goes
to local performing arts student Jyothi Nayar. Jyothi is about to embark on her 3rd year
BA Acting course at East 15 in September after two years at READ College in Reading.
The bursary provides up to £1,000 per year, for up to three years, to assist the study of
one performing arts student from Jersey training at higher-education level every year.
Olive Brown, originally from Salford in Lancashire, lived in the Island from 1959 until her
death in 1990, when she left assets in a private will trust to be applied for charitable
purposes. Olive and her husband John were known to be devout members of the
Salvation Army throughout their lives and also to be very kindly disposed to young
people, especially supportive of their creative aspirations.
The Executors of the will trust decided to forward a sum of money to ArtHouse Jersey
in the knowledge that its resources and expertise are ideally suited to the fulfilment of
her wishes, ensuring her generosity lives on.
Jyothi Nayar says “I’m absolutely delighted to have been chosen for the award! Having
the opportunity to work towards producing my own production with added financial
support feels amazing and so fortunate. I hope to bring this goal to fruition within the next
three years while studying on the BA Acting Course at East 15. Having spent a massively
influential two years at READ College, I feel ready to continue learning, creating,
experimenting and playing with theatre and all of its boundaries.”
ArtHouse Jersey director Tom Dingle says “We’re delighted to be able to offer this year’s
Olive Brown Bursary to Jyothi. At such a challenging time for the performing arts world
supporting the development of talent is more vital than ever. We look forward to watching
Jyothi’s progress as she pursues her passions and strengthens her skills for a future in