The Patrons of Rye Studio are a diverse bunch who are there to contribute their skills, experience and interest to the students. Some provide hands on experience of their industry, some give master classes, some create pathways into the most flourishing sector of the UK economy; all believe in the Studio School model to provide motivated and trained recruits to the creative industries. We look to them to help us raise money for bursaries for the students so no-one feels they have to refuse an opportunity to enhance their skills because they cannot afford to travel.
In return, Patrons have the satisfaction of seeing their support turned into real achievements by the students, they see opportunities open up which would previously be unreachable. Patrons are invited regularly to visit the school to see work in progress and to visit the school's exhibitions of art and photography, to performances and to events.
Above all, Patrons have the satisfaction of helping to prepare students with an interest in the creative industries to achieve their potential.
- Cllr Lord Ampthill, local politician
- Mr Sam Attwater, actor and TV personality
- Mr Julian Avery, former High Sheriff of East Sussex and Chairman of St Michael's Hospice
- Prof Sir Brian Bellhouse, former professor of engineering, Oxford University, and local land owner
- Mr Mark Benton, actor
- Mr Andrew Corbett Nolan, Good Governance Institute
- Prof Julian Crampton, Vice Chancellor, Brighton University
- Mr Shawn Downey, local entrepreneur and owner of local business park
- Sir Christopher Edwards, Chairman of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust
- Mr Christoper Jackson, former MEP
- Mrs Jacqui Lait, former MP. Chairman of Patrons
- Mr Barry Nealon, financial, property and business adviser
- Ms Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye
- Mr Alan Sanders, joint Managing Director - Albion in the Community
- Lord Saville of Newdigate, former Law Lord
- Ms Nina Siddall, Why Consultancy Ltd
- Mr Andrew Smith, Director of Strategy and Communications, Pinewood Studios
- Mr David Smith, Director of worldskills, Albion in the Community
- Mr Ralph and Mrs Jenny Sperring, Owners of Rye Retreat
- Baroness Stedman-Scott, House of Lords and founder of Tomorrow's People
- Mrs Elspeth Rankin, Film Education and Events
- Mr Antony Woodcock, local property restorer and master builder
- Mr Howard & Mrs Dee Lovell, Deloitte Switzerland
If you would like to learn how to become a supporter for our studio school proposal please contact us.