by JULIE-ANN SPENCE
Karen Fortin with members of the Lisburn Arts
LISBURN Arts Advisory Committee are delighted to announce
Karen Fortin as the winner of the first annual Young Artist
This new award is aimed at nurturing and supporting talented
local young people aged 16-25 in pursuing excellence in their
Karen heat off the competition to secure the 2008 title and
the £1000 award by greatly impressed the Committee with her
commitment and dedication to her studies.
Karen is currently the only Northern Irish student at The
College of Dance outside Dublin where she is completing a
foundation dance course with the aim of continuing to degree
level in London.
She began her dance studies through ballet with Jennifer Hall
at the age of 3 and has since gone on to study many different
forms of dance including jazz, tap and contemporary.
She has appeared in many local stage productions at Island
Arts Centre and the Waterfront Hall and is also involved in
teaching dance to younger children.
A spokesperson for the Lisburn Arts Advisory Committee said:
"Lisburn Arts Advisory Committee are delighted to be supporting
Karen at this exciting point in her career and look forward to
awarding many more young artists in the future."
For more information on LAAC Arts Grants and Bursaries please
contact Lynda McCord at Island Arts Centre on 028 92 509 509 or