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Arts boss fosters honorary relationship with university

12/09/2019

A leading arts professional has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton for her contribution to the creative industries.

Doreen Foster, Director of the Warwick Arts Centre, has been awarded a Doctorate of Art in recognition of her contribution to arts and culture, in particular her passion and drive for leadership in the arts and commitment to local outreach projects.

Doreen began her arts career at Kokuma Dance Company in Birmingham before joining Arts Council England (West Midlands) where she was responsible for the regional strategy for dance and mime. 

A former deputy director of Black Cultural Archives and a former chief executive of Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, Doreen has worked at the Arts Council, the Prince's Trust and in regeneration projects.

Doreen said: "The award came as a great surprise, it took me a while to believe that the letter was actually for me. I am humbled and delighted to have been recognised with an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton. It's a great welcome back to the West Midlands."

Doreen is also a 2005/06 Clore Fellow and Associate and is also a Trustee of Clean Break Theatre, Heart of Glass (St Helens) and The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund.

Honorary awards are presented by the University of Wolverhampton to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise. 

The University's graduation ceremonies take place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, from Thursday 12th September to Friday 20th September 2019.

For information about courses to study at the University visit the website.

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