Asif Kapadia


Film Directing 2001

The Arts Foundation champions the Arts, giving individual awards to Artists at a breakthrough moment.

We believe that the Arts are integral to the wellbeing of society and a human right. The Charity (Reg No. 1000001) was established in 1990 with its fellowship scheme initiated in 1993. The Foundation provides awards for creative practice across the full range of art forms. It aims to support creative practitioners at a crucial point in their development, providing funds, recognition and encouragement when they are needed. Often, but not always, this will be an early point in a career. Each award of £10,000 should allow artists in all disciplines time in which they will have the creative freedom to develop and advance their work in ways that might not otherwise have been possible. Responses from past recipients of the Arts Foundation awards show that this precious gift of time, at the right moment, has often been pivotal in a career.

Keeping it annually refreshed, the trustees select five artforms each year across the fields visual and performing arts, literature, craft, design and new media. Professionals close to the art forms feed into the process of nomination and judging allowing the Foundation to identify the most talented and deserving artists resident in the UK. The shortlist each receive £1,000 and are included on the Foundation’s directory, a key resource for those involved in the arts. Criteria include talent and need to artists living and working in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Since the inception of its Fellowship Scheme, the Trust has awarded over £1,700,000 to numerous artists - many of these have gone on to become leaders in their art form.

The director of the Arts Foundation is Shelley Warren.

AF Information Pack

The Trustees

The Foundation has a board of Trustees who represent a broad range of art forms and company services.

Howell James CBE

Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Jan Dalley

Arts Editor, Financial Times

Sir Richard Eyre

Writer, Producer & Director

Anu Giri

Executive Director of Dance Umbrella

Virginia Hodge

Creative Director, HodgeSellers

Frith Kerr

Studio Frith Kerr

Monika Parrinder

Writer, Educator and consultant

Simon Prosser

Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton

Jonathan Reekie

Artistic Director, Somerset House

Matthew Slotover

Co-founder, Frieze. London