£20,000 to develop new studio facilities.
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts [LIPA] opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training. Housed in the former Liverpool Institute for Boys building, it underwent a multi-million pound renovation. Today LIPA is a state-of-the-art performing arts institution and an integral part of the UK’s higher education provision for the performing arts. LIPA provides learning for the main skills needed for putting on a show, blending specialist and generic skills.
LIPA degree courses include Acting, Community Drama, Dance, Music Theatre and Entertainment Management, Sound Technology, Theatre and Performance Design and Technology. LIPA also runs full-time one year Foundation Certificates in Acting and Musical Theatre; Commercial Dance and Popular Music, and Sound Technology. Recent figures show that 96% of LIPA’s graduates are in work three years after leaving, while 87% work in the performing arts.
The Institute building has a unique history, being the first purpose built art school outside London. The main parts of the property date from 1882 and 1910, are Grade II listed and situated within the Canning Street Conservation Area at the south end of Hope Street. Next door, at no. 68 Hope Street, LIPA purchased another iconic building, the former Liverpool School of Art and a multi-million pound conversion is underway to create additional studios and theatre space.
PH Holt Foundation has a long association with LIPA, funding annual Holt Education Trust graduation prizes and in 2015, our centenary year, we are providing £20,000 to assist with the renovations to enable more young people from Merseyside to study in Liverpool.