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

The Arts Foundation announce the four finalists of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFA) 2022 for Materials Innovation.


Elissa Brunato, Riccardo Cenedella, Guan Lee and Patrick Morris were selected from a long list of nominated artists as finalists for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Futures Award 2022 in Materials Innovation.

The award brings together the extraordinary work of design, craft and creative practitioners defining new contexts for materials-related practice. This years’ award sees creative practitioners working across the lifecycle of production-  from the development of innovative raw material, construction, right the way through to finishing and reprocessing, with sustainability a key driver in their work. 

The Materials Innovation Award was launched in 2014 by The Arts Foundation with a desire to highlight the development of designers working in the creation of new materials. Now, in its eighth year, the award continues to highlight imaginative and radical innovations, but also circular design solutions – from natural-based polymers to forestry waste by-products.

The AFFA 2022 Materials Innovation Judges are: British model, actress, environmentalist, and writer, Lily Luahana Cole; Architecture and Design critic of The Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote, and UCL Professor of Materials & Society and TV and Radio presenter, Mark Miodownik MBE, who says:

“It was great to see so many nominations connecting with scientists and engineers – cross-disciplinary research is the future of materials innovation”.

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 Materials Innovation will be announced along with awards in four other artforms (Animation, 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