The Arts Foundation

25th Year Anniversary Awards

Over the past 25 years The Arts Foundation has provided £10,000 awards for creative practice across the full range of art forms. The awards are given to creative practitioners at a crucial point in their development, providing funds, recognition and encouragement when they are needed the most. Responses from our fellows show that this precious gift of time, at the right moment, has often been pivotal in a career.

To mark this Anniversary we have asked all past recipients of the fellowships to nominate a creative talent for the 2018 Awards.

For The 2018 Shortlist click here

For the 2018 Judges click here.


    • Samuel Stevens

    • Essay Films

    • Stevens is a visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster where he recently...
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    • Joanna Walsh

    • Creative Non-Fiction

    • Through a balance of meticulous research and lived experience, Joanna Walsh manages to...
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    • Max Frommeld

    • Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation

    • Functionality and play are at the core of Max Frommeld’s creative thinking. His work is...
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    • Julian Melchiorri

    • Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation

    • Julian Melchiorri is a British-Italian artist and inventor whose work sits between art...
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    • Lauren Kinsella

    • Jazz Composition supported by PRS for Music Foundation

    • Lauren Kinsella is a vocalist who explores the role of voice in contemporary composition...
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    • Evan Ifekoya

    • Live Art supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate

    • Evan Ifekoya’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic...
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    • #ArtsFoundation25

    • Nominated by fellow Andrew Lamb (Jewellery Design 2010), who says about Patrick Davison

      'Patrick’s new and challenging work is triggered by thorough research into existing techniques as well as an exciting experimental approach to new work allowing him to produce expressive yet refined work in both large scale silversmithing and fine jewellery.'

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    • New Chairman for the Arts Foundation

    • The trustees are delighted to announced that Howell James CBE has taken up the reins as Chairman of the Arts Foundation after William Sieghart announced his retirement earlier this year from the role after completing three terms at the head of the charity. Howell has served on the boards of the British Council and Chichester Festival Theatre as well as holding positions at Capital Radio, TVam, the UK’s first commercial breakfast television channel and was Director of Corporate Affairs at the BBC.

    • Find an Artist

    • Need to find a particular artist? Got a commission? Searching for specific crafts people? Or just keen to check out 24 years worth of winners across all types of artforms.

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    • Fellow Spot

    • Find out how the artists used their fellowship and what they came out with...
      "The process of applying in many ways had the one of the most galvanising affects on me focusing on my musical aspiration; for the first time i had to construct the manifesto on why i want to be an artist....".

      Read more to find out how folk artist Sam Lee used the fellowship to develop his practice and help produce his highly-rated Mercury Prize nominated album.

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