NEWS: The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 for Animation: Finalists Announced!

The Arts Foundation announce the four finalists of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFA) 2022 for Animation, supported by The David Collins Foundation.


Savinder Bual, Sophie Koko Gate, Mary Stark and Petra Szemán were selected from a long list of nominated artists as finalists for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Futures Award 2022 in Animation.

This new award explores expanded and experimental animation as art practice. Seeking out bold concepts and innovative uses of this diverse medium, the award supports creatives for whom animation is a key part of their artistic process and means of expression. 

The AFFA 2022 Animation Judges are time-based media artist, Birgitta Hosea; Irish Director, Johnny Kelly; and artist, animator and curator, Edwin Rostron, who says:

“The four finalists’ work demonstrates the great range and breadth of contemporary animation practice in the UK, and that the art form continues to exist in vibrant and exciting ways both on and beyond the screen.

Animation is a way of thinking as much as it is a set of processes, and each of the four artists has pursued highly individual and original ways of thinking about animation.”

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 supports and celebrates artists for both their work to date and future development. The recipient of the £10,000 award for Animation will be announced along with awards in four other art forms (Materials Innovation, Music for Change, Theatre-Makers, and Visual Arts) at a celebration event in late January 2022 – with all finalists receiving £1,000 awards towards their artistic practice. 

To find out more about the artists, please visit the AFFA 2022 page.

Read the Press Release here.

For Images, please view the Press Pack here.


For all enquiries and interviews please contact:

Mary Jane Edwards, Interim Director, The Arts Foundation / +44 (0) 7969 029 656