We are immensely grateful for the financial support we have received since 1993 from Estates, Trusts and Foundations and individual donors who are listed below. This generosity has enabled us to continue giving £10,000 awards to winning artists as well as allowing all remaining finalists to receive £1,000 awards.
We thank wholeheartedly.
The David Collins Foundation
Launched in 2016 the Foundation has been set up in memory of the late designer David Colilns in order to honour his legacy and celebrate his love and contribution to the Arts. The organisation has partnered with the Arts Foundation in order to award fellowships across multiple disciplines to young artists, designers and artisans who, with the support, could help them move to another level. Established in 1985, the David Collins Studio is an architectural based consultancy which has redefined luxury interior design on a global scale.
The Clothworkers’ Company
The Clothworkers’ Company has supported the Materials Evolution Award for the past five years. The Award aims to identify where the current shoots of enterprise are coming from in the UK, reflecting and encouraging new ways of thinking involving practitioners from different backgrounds involved in textiles and related material development.
The Clothworkers’ Company’s focus is on supporting textiles research, innovation, skills and links with industry; and on fostering wider participation in trusteeship and charity governance. Its sister organisation, The Clothworkers' Foundation, supports charities which are set up to improve the lives of people and communities particularly those facing disadvantage. To date it has awarded grants of more than £130m.
The Yoma Sasburg Estate
Gifted by her daughter Roselyn in 2010 the Yoma Sasburg legacy has already funded many different artists including sculptors, installation artists and live performance artists. Thanks to the legacy it will continue to fund a fellowship in Fine Art into the foreseeable future.
Born in Amsterdam Yoma Sasburg was a professional ballet dancer. She married the prolific film composer Edward Clifton Parker and later trained as a sculptor under David Weekes becoming a founder member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.
Maria Björnson Memorial Fund
The Maria Björnson Memorial fund is the latest supporter of the AFFAs and will be providing a theatre-related award for the next three years. The fund was set up to honour the brilliant theatre, ballet and opera designer Maria Björnson who died in 2002. Her best known design was for the Phantom of the Opera for which she received a plethora of awards, although she designed for many other organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet, Glyndebourne Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Sydney Opera, La Scala, in the West End and on Broadway. The fund also supports artistic enterprises, arts-related activities and individual artists in the UK.
Friends of the Arts Foundation
- Antony Gormley
- Lionel Bart Foundation *
- Nancy Senior
- Howell James
- Nona Ann White
- Old Possum Trust
- Po Shing Woo Charitable Foundation
- PRS for Music Foundation**
- Shelley Warren
- Stephen Spender Memorial Trust
- Studio Frith
- Tracey Emin
- Valerie Eliot
- Virginia Hodge
- John Booth
* Supported a theatre award between 2012 and 2016. The categories changed annually and included Theatre for Children, Video and digital for Theatre, Playwriting and Theatre Directing).
** Supported a music-related award in 2016 (Producers of Live Music) and 2017 (Jazz Composition).