Two new funds to support the arts across the north east have been launched in the region.
The Pen and Palette Club Fund and the Lady Betty Martin Fund have been established at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland as part of the North East Fund for the Arts.
Ellie Turner, culture partnerships Manager at the Community Foundation said: “We wanted to emphasise the importance of the arts in north east communities and reach out to donors who have links to the region but no longer live here.
“Thanks to these two funds as well as previous donors we have made great strides in that aim.
“As part of our endowment, the Funds will be invested to support arts activities in our community.
“We look forward to showing our new fund holders the inspiring work across our great region that their giving will be able to support.”
Honorary member of the Pen and Palette Club, professor Sir Laurence Martin said: “It is easy to give money but the difficulty is doing something with it. I have wanted to do something for young people and the arts in memory of my wife for a long time and through fortuitous events and my connection with the Pen & Palette Club I was able to find out about the Community Foundation.”
“I hope that both the Pen and Palette Club Fund and the Lady Betty Martin Fund can really make a difference to the arts in our region,” he added.