The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024: Presenters

We are thrilled to share that the five Arts Foundation Futures Awards £10,000 Fellowships for Jazz Composition, Regenerative Design, Short Documentary Film, Theatre Writing and Visual Art will be announced by this year’s Jury members:


Soweto Kinch

Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. Undoubtedly, one of the few artists in either genre with a degree in Modern History from University of Oxford, he has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including two MOBO Awards for Best Jazz Act (2003, 2007), and Mercury Prize Nomination for Album of the Year (2003). More recently, Kinch has extended his work in music media becoming the main presenter for BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Now, fronting BBC Four documentary Jazzology (2018), and being awarded an Honorary Associateship at Hertford College, University of Oxford (2018) and The Royal Academy of Music (2020).

Prof. Mirella Di Lorenzo

Mirella Di Lorenzo is currently the Associate Dean International for the Faculty of Engineering and Design at the University of Bath. Mirella’s interdisciplinary expertise lies at the interface of bioelectrochemistry, microengineering, microfluidics, sensing technology and material science. Her research addresses some of the world’s most pressing development challenges, such as the water-energy-food security and global health, by developing eco-friendly and sustainable solutions affordable to all.

Clare Sillery

Clare Sillery is the Head of Documentary Commissioning output for BBC One, Two, Three and iPlayer. Recent series include Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland, Parole, House of Maxwell and Freddie Flintoff’s Field of Dreams. Single films include Our Falklands War and The Real Mo Farah.

Vicky Featherstone

Vicky Featherstone recently stepped down as the Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre. Her credits for the Royal Court include: Cuckoo, all of it (& Avignon Festival), Jews. In Their Own Words [co-director], The Glow, Maryland, Living Newspaper, Shoe Lady, On Bear Ridge (& National Theatre Wales) [co-director], Cyprus Avenue (& Abbey, Dublin/MAC, Belfast/Public, NYC), The Cane, Gundog, My Mum’s a Twat, Bad Roads, Victory Condition, X, How to Hold Your Breath, God Bless the Child, Maidan: Voices from the Uprising, The Mistress Contract, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas; Untitled Matriarch Play, The President Has Come to See You (Open Court Weekly Rep).

Adelaide Bannerman

Adelaide Bannerman is a curator, and the curatorial director at Tiwani Contemporary, London and Lagos, who are focused on contemporary, international art from the African continent and its diaspora. Since 1998, she has largely worked with London and South-East England based arts organisations who work with international agendas, that have included: ICF International Curators Forum, Invisible Dust, Autograph, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), Tate, Live Art Development Agency (LADA), Platform London, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, Arts Council England, the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive and the 198 Gallery. She is also a trustee of PUBLICS, Helsinki, Finland and the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, London.


The Awards Ceremony will take place at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre in London on Wednesday 28 February at 7.00 pm. Follow all the award announcements via Instagram Live!

The awards are generously supported in partnership with The David Collins Foundation, PRS Foundation and the Yoma Sasburg Estate.⁠