The Arts Foundation is a registered charity that supports individual artists and creatives in the UK with unconditional financial fellowships. Since 1993 we have awarded over £1.8 million to the most promising artists in the UK at a pivotal moment in their careers to enable them to concentrate on their creative development, experiment, and realise their artistic potential.

The annual Arts Foundation Futures Awards provides five £10,000 Fellowships, with all Shortlisted Artists receiving £1,000 towards the development of their artistic practice.

Entering our 30th year, we are delighted to support the award categories: Bio Design, Dance Theatre, Digital Art, Electronic Music and Place Writing. You can explore the Shortlisted Artists’ work and practice below.

The five artists receiving a £10,000 Fellowship were revealed at an Award Ceremony on 23 February 2023, presented in partnership with Leeds 2023: Year of Culture at the Howard Assembly Room, Opera North.

With thanks to our award supporters for their partnership and belief in the importance of artists and developing creative practice: The David Collins Foundation, The Maria Björnson Memorial Fund and the Yoma Sasburg Estate.⁠


Nominations Network

The Arts Foundation is fortunate to collaborate with a range of professionals close to our award-category disciplines who feed into the nomination process. The nominations network changes annually and supports us to identify the most promising artists and creatives living and working in the UK who are at a pivotal moment in the development of their practice and career trajectory.

With special thanks to this year’s nominations network of established professionals, artists and creative practitioners, academics, and subject experts from across the UK (listed A-Z by surname):

Larry Achiampong, Prof. Monty Adkins, Marcus Barnes, Cathie Boyd, Maeve Brennan, Kat Bridge, James Bridle, Martin Bright, Hannah Bujic, Ruth Catlow, Yuning Chen, Anita Clark, Prof. Carole Collet, Rosie Cooper, Shaun Curtis, Prof. Marc Desmulliez, Nancy Diniz, Gavin Everall, Natalia Franklin Pierce, Dr. Stephen Green, Kübra Gümüşay, Tony Herrington, Peggy Hughes, Mary Ann Hushlak, Evan Ifekoya, Samuel Liffe, Zaiba Jabbar, Gabrielle Jenks, Joanna Kavenna, Deborah Keyser, Amy Letman, Richard James MacCowan, Maitreyi Maheshwari, Lisa Meyer, Joel Mills, Haroon Mirza, Joe Moran, Michael Morris, Harun Morrison, Charlie Morrissey, Joe Muggs, Dr. Naomi Nakayama, Ra Page, Annie Pui Ling Lok, Dr Carolina Ramierz-Figueroa, Sri Sarker, Sara Sassanelli, Sarah Shin, Dr. Franscesca Sobande, Dr. Sam Solnick, Subathra Subramaniam, Bengi Ünsal, Nimrod Vardi, Nik Void, Francesca Wade, Kay Watson, Zoé Whitley, Aaron Wright, Gary Younge, and all those who wished to remain anonymous.