Press Release: The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023 Ceremony

The Arts Foundation will announce the five recipients of the Arts Foundation Futures Awards £10,000 Fellowships in Leeds on 23 February 2023.


The annual Arts Foundation Futures Awards support the UK’s most promising artists and creatives at a pivotal moment in their career, providing £65,000 in unconditional grant funding, awarding five transformative £10,000 Fellowships, with all Shortlisted Artists receiving £1,000 towards the development of their practice.⁠

The awards mark 30 years of the Arts Foundation’s support for independent artists in the UK since it was founded in 1993, and whose alumni include eminent artistic practitioners, such as Wayne McGregor CBE, Asif Kapadia, Ali Smith, Rufus Norris and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

With a special welcome address from the esteemed visual artist, Claudette Johnson MBE (b.1959, Manchester, UK), the Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday 23 February, presented in partnership with Leeds 2023:Year of Culture, at the Howard Assembly Room, Opera North.

The ceremony will share the extraordinary and varied practices of the twenty Shortlisted Artists across this year’s categories of Bio Design, Dance Theatre, Digital Art, Electronic Music and Place Writing. The recipients of the Arts Foundation Futures Awards will be announced by jury members: Music Artist, Fink, DJ & Broadcaster, Nemone Metaxas; Architect, Sarah Wigglesworth; Author, Eric Ngalle Charles; Head of Theatre and Dance at the Barbican, Toni Racklin; and Artist and Curator, Antonio Roberts.

You can explore the work of all the Shortlisted Artists on the Arts Foundation website and watch the award announcements, including a live performance from music artist, Love Ssega (Arts Foundation Music for Change Fellow, 2022) via Instagram on Thursday 23 February 2023, from 6.30 pm.

Kully Thiarai, Creative Director and CEO of Leeds 2023 and Trustee of The Arts Foundation said:

“Leeds 2023 is thrilled to be hosting the prestigious Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023, which has become an industry marker for future artistic excellence across wide-ranging art forms. We look forward to celebrating and welcoming extraordinary artists from across the UK to the city.”

Read the Press Release here

The full Shortlisted Artists Press Pack and Artist Images can be viewed online here.