Our Year in Review & Happy Holidays!

As 2023 comes to a close, we’re looking back on another wonderful year supporting and championing independent artists and creatives!


In January we announced the incredible Shortlisted Artists for the Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2023, across the fields of Bio Design, Dance Theatre, Digital Art, Electronic Music and Place Writing.

In February the winning Fellows receiving £10,000 were announced at a live Award Ceremony in partnership with Leeds 2023, and the Howard Assembly Room, Opera North, with all shortlisted artists awarded £1,000. 

We were thrilled to host the esteemed jury members to present the awards: Sarah Wigglesworth, Toni Racklin, Antonio Roberts, Fink, Nemone Metaxas, and Eric Ngalle Charles.

We welcomed Claudette Johnson as our guest of honour. Claudette’s beautiful welcome address and the ceremony were live-streamed via IG and are archived on our website to watch. 

In Spring and throughout the year we continued to champion and promote the work of all our past Fellows and artists on our socials channels: Instagram, X (Twitter) and LinkedIn.

In June we started to grow a new community of Friends and Patrons to support our work, hosting our first-ever Patrons dinner, an inspiring gathering of like-minded individuals and conversation about the importance of art and creative practice.

Late September saw our first-ever Fundraising Dinner & Auction at Toklas Restaurant! 16 phenomenal artists and organisations donated 18 extraordinary artworks, which all found wonderful and generous new homes. 

In October we shared news of the award categories for the upcoming Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024 and partnership collaborations with the brilliant PRS Foundation, The David Collins Foundation, and Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking.

In November we announced the phenomenal jury members for the awards, take a look back at our news posts to find out more: Jazz Composition; Regenerative Design; Short Documentary Film; Theatre Writing; and Visual Art.

The beginnings of 2024 are looking bright too with the Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024 Shortlist Artist Announcement in the New Year, a film screening at the ICA later in January and our Awards Ceremony in February! 

Enormous thanks to everyone who has supported The Arts Foundation this year, we are hugely grateful for your time, generosity and care.

Wishing you all a restorative festive period!