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DTM Legal is backing a new arts scheme designed to support creativity and innovation in higher education. The ‘Friends of the Arts’ project was launched by Glyndwr University and will be spearheaded by its world-renowned North Wales School of Art and Design (NWSAD) in Wrexham.

DTM Legal has joined Wrexham-based creative agency Fotofire kicking-off the initiative with a cash injection, and by sponsoring the successful Burning Bright: Degree Art and Design Show. The University now needs others to follow suit and get behind the scheme, and has unveiled a series of incentives to tempt them in.

As well as invitations to all art and design events, gallery talks and private views at the Oriel Sycharth Gallery at the University, members will also receive a ‘badge’ to display on their website to show they support the arts, the opportunity to commission bespoke works by staff and students and the chance to play a part in the popular annual Creative Futures conference. There will also be the opportunity to sponsor a student on their creative journey from induction to graduation, as they look to build a career in the arts arena.

Professor Estelle Thompson, Head of the School of Media, Arts and Design at Glyndwr University, said: “Arts and culture are an essential part of life in the UK, and here at Glyndwr we believe supporting the arts is essential to building communities, encouraging creativity and innovation for everyone.”

Duncan McAllister, Partner at DTM Legal, said: “The ‘friends’ fund will focus on supporting community engagement activities and encouraging students to give back to Wrexham and the surrounding area. We’re delighted to be able to contribute to the scheme and think it’s essential that businesses support such initiatives. The initiative fits in well with DTM’s involvement in the arts generally as we have been longstanding members of the Tate in Liverpool with representation on the Members’ Committee”.

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