The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024: Visual Art Shortlist Announced

The Visual Art award supports artists working across a broad range of visual arts and interdisciplinary art form practices, including, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and artist moving image. Meet the shortlist:


Rebecca Bellantoni

Rebecca Bellantoni is a London-based artist. She works across moving image, installation, performance, photography, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, sound-text, and ceramics. 

Dan Guthrie

Dan Guthrie is an artist who often works with moving image. Recent presentations of his work include Devonshire Collective, Prismatic Ground, Berlinale Forum Expanded and LUX.

Alexi Marshall

Alexi Marshall is a Hastings-based artist who graduated from the Slade School of Art in 2018. She works in print, mosaic and embroidery investigating themes of womanhood, folklore and regeneration. 

Rafał Zajko

Rafał Zajko is a Polish artist whose work deals with issues around industrialisation and technological progress in relation to working-class heritage and queer identities. 


With thanks to our independent Jury members: Maria Fusco, Writer and Professor of Interdisciplinary Writing, University of Dundee; Zadie Xa, Artist; and Adelaide Bannerman, Curatorial Director of Tiwani Contemporary who said:

“We feel that each of the shortlisted artists has the potential to make a major contribution to contemporary artistic practice, and are all furthering important questions about identity, place and belonging in our shared world. It’s not an easy time to be a visual artist in the UK, which makes the artists’ compelling interdisciplinary work all the more admirable.”

The Arts Foundation has a long history of supporting visual art, and Mary Jane Edwards, Director of The Arts Foundation said:

“The four shortlisted artists’ are a testament to the strength of visual arts practice in the UK. Each artist is pursuing incredibly, personal, sensitive and original ways of thinking and making work that resonates deeply with a wider public, we are delighted to be supporting their artistic development at a critical moment in their career trajectory.”

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards support the UK’s most promising artists and creatives at a pivotal moment in their careers to enable them to concentrate on their creative development, experiment, and realise their artistic potential. The recipient of the £10,000 Fellowship will be revealed on 28 February 2024, with all artists receiving £1,000 towards their practice.

The Visual Art Award is supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate.