The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023: Guest of Honour, Claudette Johnson

We are thrilled to share that esteemed visual artist, Claudette Johnson will be our Guest of Honour at the Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023 Ceremony⁠.


Claudette will give a special welcome address before the five recipients of the £10,000 Fellowships are announced. 

Claudette Johnson MBE (b. 1959, Manchester, UK) started her career as part of the newly formed BLK Art Group, which she joined in 1981 while she was a student at Wolverhampton University. In the 1980s Johnson showed her work in a number of significant shows including Five Black Women, Africa Centre, London, (1983); Black Women Time Now, Battersea Arts Centre, London, (1984); The Thin Black Line, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, (1985), and In This Skin: Drawings by Claudette Johnson, Black Art Gallery, London, (1992).⁠

In March 2023, Johnson will present her first solo exhibition in the US at Ortuzar Projects, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Still Here, Hollybush Gardens, London (2021); Claudette Johnson: I Came to Dance, Modern Art Oxford, (2019), and Claudette Johnson, Hollybush Gardens, London, (2017). Her work is held in numerous public collections, including Tate, British Council Collection, Arts Council Collection, Manchester Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Rugby Museum, and Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.⁠

We are so honoured to welcome Claudette! ⁠

The Awards Ceremony is presented in partnership with Leeds 2023 : Year of Culture and will take place at the Howard Assembly Room, Opera North on:

Thursday 23 February ⁠

from 6.30 pm

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Image: Claudette Johnson, photo by Olivia Lifungula⁠