Penny Bendall is the CEO of the Trust, who is a ceramics conservator and holder of a Royal Warrant by appointment to The Queen. She also works with museums and auction houses including The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, the Sir John Soane’s Museum, Christie’s, and Sotheby’s. We spoke to her about this exciting project, asking her about all the talented students as well as the future of the trust.
Why do you think this project, as well as The Creative Dimensions Trust, is so important?
Fortnum & Mason is an iconic store in the centre of London and has some of the best window displays in the world. For TCDT to be given the opportunity to display students work at Fortnum’s is simply incredible and demonstrates what The Creative Dimension Trust is aiming to achieve – young people from less advantaged backgrounds working with world class tutors producing wonderful objects!
It’s clear from the students’ feedback that they absolutely love it. Why do you think it means so much to them?
Fortnum & Mason have given TCDT students an opportunity they would never have dreamed of. Some have never visited London before and many would not have been to Fortnum’s. They are incredibly excited and can’t wait to see the surrealist dining table come together. They will all be sent images of the window to add to their portfolio. It will make them very proud!
What do you hope the students take away from the experience?
Confidence – there are so many wonderful careers in the creative industries young people need to be make aware of. We hope this project will give TCDT students ideas of which direction they want to go and help them reach their full potential.
If you could pick a course, which one would you choose?
Puppet making – it’s an incredible workshop bringing everything to life!
Finally, we have to ask: what is your favourite thing from Fortnum’s?
Fortnum’s honey! Followed closely by Chocolate Florentines (So difficult to choose!)