The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023: Ceremony Highlights

Watch the moment the five £10,000 Fellowships for Bio Design, Dance Theatre, Digital Art, Electronic Music and Place Writing were announced, with all artists receiving £1,000 towards their practice.


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

The ceremony shared the extraordinary and varied practices of the twenty Shortlisted Artists across this year’s categories. The recipients of the Arts Foundation Futures Awards were 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.

The evening also included a live performance from music artist, Love Ssega (Arts Foundation Music for Change Fellow, 2022), accompanied by pianist, Liam Mugwanya.

The awards marked 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.

Read more about all the artists and the Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023 

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.⁠