With creative practitioners in a very difficult situation currently, we  are very glad that we can continue supporting artists through our fellowship scheme. We would like to thank our various award sponsors for their continued support and belief in the importance of developing creative practices; the David Collins Foundation, the Maria Björnson Memorial Trust, the Clothworkers’ Company and the Yoma Sasburg Estate.

For the Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFAs) 2021, we will be highlighting three areas of creative practice which are new to the Foundation as well as maintaining annual awards for Visual Arts and Materials Innovation.

Choral Conducting was highlighted in our 2014’s award but this year we will be looking at those Composing for this increasing pool of voices in the UK and beyond. We are also excited to be exploring the blurred boundaries of Theatre-Making with a new award looking at experimental theatre. Reflecting the ongoing environmental crisis, the 2021 awards will include a new award for writers of non-fiction who focus on Environmental Writing.

Artists, who will be a minimum of three years out of education with a track record, are nominated by both practitioners and experts involved in the art form. The finalists each receive £1,000 with one artist in each artform receiving the £10,000 fellowship.