• 13-01-2014
  • Sir Ronald Harwood presents awards

  • The author, playwright and screenwriter, Sir Ronald Harwood graced the stage as guest of honour at the Arts Foundation awards 2014 on the 23rd Jan. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). The Foundation is delighted that he will join the celebrations on this special night. All six £10,000 Fellowships were announced for Playwriting, Arts Journalism, Sculpture, Painting, Experimental Music and Materials Innovation. For more information on the winners go to the 2014 awards section on the Arts Foundation website.

  • 26-10-2013
  • V&A Talk : inspirational!

  • The recent talk hosted by the Arts Foundation at London Design Week was a great success. The audience, made of students and experts from a range of different fields of design, art, textiles and beyond, enjoyed the presenters research ranging from exploring cellular properties of non wovens by Liz Ciokajio and Patrick Dyers' shape memory textiles, Ninela Ivanova's fungi applications for future material design scenarios and Rhian Solomon's tailored approaches to plastic surgery.
    The session was chaired by Peter Oakley, Research lead for the RCA's School of Material and following the presentations Anthropologist Susanne Kuechler and architect Amanda Levete joined in a lively discussion regarding the subject. The talk celebrated the Arts Foundation new award in Materials Innovation supported by the Clothworkers' Foundation.

  • 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