The Gillian Purvis Trust

gillian purvisGillian Purvis was a witty, well-read, bright and delightful young woman whose life of 33 years tragically came to an end on 21 January 2004 following a fire in Glasgow.

Gillian's partner, Toby Paterson, in looking for a way to remember her life, has established a Trust in her name. The Gillian Purvis Trust celebrates Toby and Gillian's shared interest and pleasure in the creative arts.

Since the foundation of The Trust in 2004, over £30,000 has been awarded to help students in the creative arts in Glasgow in their third, final or postgraduate years. In recognising Gillian's interest in textile design and fashion, the initial focus of the Trust was the Department of Textiles at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) where two Awards are made annually.  Further annual Awards are now given at the GSA Degree Show, to a student of Creative Writing at The Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde or The Glasgow School of Art and to a students of Fashion Business or Fashion Branding at Glasgow Caledonian University.  In 2014 an exceptional award was made to the Glasgow School of Art Phoenix Bursary Fund, in support of students affected by the devastating fire in the Mackintosh Building.

Trustees:     Toby Paterson (Chairman), Robert Dallas Gray, Hazel Quinn, Sally Swadel, Anne Ward.    

Scottish Charity no:  SC03560

The Gillian Purvis Trust thanks The Stanley Morrison Trust for their support in realising this website.