Sam Lee (Folk Music, 2011)

Award Sponsors

Due to the success of its longstanding fellowship program, the Arts Foundation has attracted legacies from Artists’ Estates, Corporations, and other Foundations allowing the charity to increase the number of fellowships awarded and give every shortlisted artist £1,000 towards their practice. For more information on how you can support the Foundation follow this link. The Friends of the Foundation are listed  here.


Award Sponsors

  • The David Collins Foundation

    Launched in 2016 the Foundation has been set up in memory of the late designer David Colilns in order to honour his legacy and celebrate his love and contribution to the Arts. The organisation has partnered with the Arts Foundation in order to award fellowships across multiple disciplines to young artists, designers and artisans who, with the support, could help them move to another level. Established in 1985, the David Collins Studio is an architectural based consultancy which has redefined luxury interior design on a global scale.

  • The Clothworkers’ Company

    The Clothworkers’ Company has supported the Materials Evolution Award for the past five years. The Award aims to identify where the current shoots of enterprise are coming from in the UK, reflecting and encouraging new ways of thinking involving practitioners from different backgrounds involved in textiles and related material development.

    The Clothworkers’ Company’s focus is on supporting textiles research, innovation, skills and links with industry; and on fostering wider participation in trusteeship and charity governance. Its sister organisation, The Clothworkers' Foundation, supports charities which are set up to improve the lives of people and communities particularly those facing disadvantage. To date it has awarded grants of more than £130m.

  • The Yoma Sasburg Estate

    Gifted by her daughter Roselyn in 2010 the Yoma Sasburg legacy has already funded many different artists including sculptors, installation artists and live performance artists. Thanks to the legacy it will continue to fund a fellowship in Fine Art into the foreseeable future.

    Born in Amsterdam Yoma Sasburg was a professional ballet dancer. She married the prolific film composer Edward Clifton Parker and later trained as a sculptor under David Weekes becoming a founder member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

  • Maria Björnson Memorial Fund

    The Maria Björnson Memorial fund is the latest supporter of the AFFAs and will be providing a theatre-related award for the next three years. The fund was set up to honour the brilliant theatre, ballet and opera designer Maria Björnson who died in 2002. Her best known design was for the Phantom of the Opera for which she received a plethora of awards, although she designed for many other organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet, Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Sydney Opera, La Scala, in the West End and on Broadway. The fund also supports artistic enterprises, arts-related activities and individual artists in the UK.