• 15-10-2013
  • Arts Foundation Fellow takes top job at National in 2015

  • It has just been announced that Rufus Norris who won the fellowship for Theatre Directing in 2002 will take over the directorship of the National Theatre from Nick Hytner in 2015. Norris recently directed The Amen Corner at the National and also created Doctor Dee with Blur frontman Damon Albarn for the Manchester International Festival in 2011. Norris said of his future workplace, "The National is an extraordinary place full of extraordinary people and I look forward with relish to the task ahead."

  • 03-10-2013
  • AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition at Somerset House

  • Highlights from this year’s shortlist and the winning work of contemporary illustration from the AOI Illustration Awards 2013 will be exhibited at Somerset House in London from 2 – 27 October.
    For the first time in the competition’s 37-year history, the shortlist includes illustrators outside of the UK to recognise the exceptional work produced by illustrators internationally and promote illustration as an essential contributor to global visual culture. Amongst the judges were Internationally acclaimed illustrators such as Stephen Collins and Ulla Puggaard alongside Art Directors from Walker Books, Royal Mail and Random House, as well as Creative Directors from leading design and digital agencies.
    A shortlist of 15 winners has been selected, from which two overall award winners will be announced in the categories of Professional Illustration, which is open to all practicing professionals, and New Talent, which is open to students and recent graduates.
    After Somerset House, the AOI Illustration Awards Exhibition 2013 begins a national tour, continuing into 2014. Venues confirmed include Blackpool & Fylde College, Swansea Metropolitan University, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery and Guildford Museum. For more information go to http://www.aoiawards.com

  • 05-09-2013
  • Arts Foundation hosts talk on Materials Innovation at the V&A

  • 17th Sept, 10.30am, free, Hochhauser Room V&A
    In celebration of a brand new £10,000 award in Materials Innovation the Arts Foundation will be offering a platform from which to peer into this Aladdin’s cave of innovation where the worlds of Science and the Arts converge. The talk will showcase the research of four intrepid innovators whose approach to material innovation using textiles is radically different.

    Liz Ciokajlo and Rhian Solomon use the site of the body as the context for material development research. They work on the transfer of knowledge across the disciplines of medical science, craft and design. Ninela Ivanova explores the microbiology of moulds (image above) and how the properties of fungi can be translated onto textile design and fabrication. Patrick Dyer’s research is centered on the dynamic control of woven structures by integrating shape memory alloys - so called ‘smart materials’.

    Against the backdrop of the presentations the talk will incorporate a stellar panel of professionals from different disciplines including award-winning architect Amanda Levete, Professor of Anthropology at UCL Susanne Kuechler and Peter Oakley, Research Leader at RCA’s School of Material. Discussing the ever-increasing phenomenon of the cross-over between the disciplines of art, design, engineering, textiles, science and craft and its ability to produce shared outcomes and real innovation the panel will lend their extensive expertise to the discussion of material innovation into the future.

    The new ongoing award, administrated by The Arts Foundation, has been made possible by funding from the Clothworker’s Foundation. For more information on the talk and the London Design Festival go to http://www.londondesignfestival.com/events/materials-innovation-trans-di...

  • 03-09-2013
  • SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED : Experimental Music Fellowship

  • Lina Lapelyte, Rie Nakajima, Richard Skelton and Jennifer Walshe have been shortlisted from a long list of nominated UK musicians for the 2014 Arts Foundation Experimental Music Fellowship. The recipient of the £10,000 award will be announced on the 23rd January at the Arts Foundation Awards with runners-up each receiving £1,000.

    The applications were judged by Brian Eno, Head of programming at Sound and Music Richard Whitelaw and Hamish Dunbar from Cafe Oto who said 'between us there was a fair degree of consensus on the final four who all represent slightly different things.We were looking for people that had a very strong voice but also that had an exciting and unpredictable potential of where they might go next." A concert of the shortlist will be held at the QEH, South Bank, London on the 14th January - tickets on sale soon!