• 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!

  • 12-08-2013
  • Playwriting Panel complete

  • We are delighted to announce the panel for the 2014 Arts Foundation Playwriting Fellowship - the three are Gemma Bodinetz, AD of Everyman, Vicky Featherstone from the Royal Court and playwright Nicholas Wright. The award is supported by the Lionel Bart Foundation who support an award each year related to Theatre. The shortlist will be decided upon early October.

  • 12-08-2013
  • Musical's fellow Conor Mitchell at Edinburgh Festival

  • Catch new show 'Tell Me the Truth About Love' until 26th August at the Edinburgh Festival. Playwright Mark Ravenhill and composer Conor Mitchell bring together the four songs the pair wrote alongside new treatments for another four sets of lyrics by Auden, for which Britten's music is presumed to be lost or incomplete. Photo of leading man Jamie McDermott performing in Tell Me the Truth About Love. For more information go to