Asif Kapadia


Film Directing 2001

About Us

The Arts Foundation exists to help artists and celebrate the existence of art. A registered Charity (Reg No. 1000001) the Foundation was established in 1990 with an anonymous bequest of £1,000,000. Its remit was specific - to support the individual artist and the scheme was initiated in 1993.

The Foundation gives financial assistance to talented, emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in, their artform. At this critical stage, a period of relative security in order to explore new avenues or consolidate existing work is often crucial.

Awards of £10,000 are made to assist the artists with living and working expenses and are made on the basis of both talent and need to artists living and working in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. In 2013 the Foundation announced that it would be giving awards of £1,000 to each runner up in each of the categories.

Since the inception of its Fellowship Scheme the Trust has awarded over £1,700,000, supporting numerous artists from the fields of Performing and Visual Arts, Crafts, Literature, New Media, Film and Design. Many of these have gone on to become leaders in their art form.

The director of the Arts Foundation is Shelley Warren.

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The Trustees

The Foundation has a board of Trustees who represent a broad range of art forms and company services.

Howell James CBE

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

John Cohen

Clintons Legal

Jan Dalley

Arts Editor, Financial Times

Siobhan Davies CBE

Choreographer, Director Siobhan Davies Dance

Sir Richard Eyre

Writer, Producer & Director

Virginia Hodge

Creative Director, HodgeSellers

Frith Kerr

Studio Frith Kerr

Simon Prosser

Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton

Jonathan Reekie

Artistic Director, Somerset House

Matthew Slotover

Co-founder, Frieze. London