Unveiling of the Jill Tookey Bronze for ‘Young Performer of The Season ‘

Celebrating the life of Founder

Jill Tookey CBE

 On what would have been Jill’s 80th Birthday, Jill’s family are thrilled to unveil a new bronze award to commemorate her life and achievements. Jill specifically asked her family to commission a new bronze to be awarded to a very special ‘Young Performer of The Season’.  Jill’s family took on the task of finding a sculptor who shared Jill’s joy of dance and pursuit of excellence and who would succeed in capturing this in a bronze dancer.

Back in September Moira Purver SWA, an established sculptor from Dorset, was approached. She seemed the perfect match with her love and enthusiasm for dance and the figurative form.  Moira works largely from life to capture the essence of the warmth and vitality and movement in the human form.   She was excited to be approached and set about working on an emotive bronze dancer.

Moira exhibits annually with the Society of Woman Artists in London and won an award for her sculpture ‘Male Torso’ in 2010. She exhibits regularly in London, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Devon.

We are so grateful to Moira for what I’m sure you agree is a stunning bronze and one an NYB dancer/s will be proud to be guardian of each year.  It symbolises the sheer joy of dance, the discipline and the outstanding beauty of the body as it moves through time and space.

The 2016 Young Performer of the Season was awarded to Jessica de Souza Lewis from Young Dancers Academy and Basil James from Tring Performing Arts School – two dedicated dancers that Jill knew well and greatly admired. Congratulations again to both.

 

Jill specifically asked her family to commission a new bronze to be awarded to a very special

‘Young Performer of The Season’.


Moira Purver SWA, an established sculptor from Dorset creating the special award . 

The 2016 Young Performer of the Season was awarded to Jessica de Souza Lewis from Young Dancers Academy and Basil James from Tring Performing Arts School – two dedicated dancers that Jill knew well and greatly admired. Congratulations again to both.

 

 

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