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  • 28 Mar 2018

Breakthrough Fund gives £1.6m to seven exceptional individuals

Today, we are announcing the latest round of grants from the Breakthrough Fund. Five grants totalling £1.6m will give responsive and flexible support to seven talented and visionary individuals with the drive to achieve something transformational. Now in its fifth round, the Breakthrough Fund is celebrated for pushing boundaries, unleashing new ideas and developing practice across the arts and cultural sectors.

Peer nominators with expertise in their fields have identified the seven outstanding individuals, all of whom have a compelling and powerful vision for change and are at a pivotal moment of breakthrough. A total of twenty three nominators put forward thirty eight individuals for 2018. For each cycle, we invite new nominators to be involved.

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive at Paul Hamlyn Foundation said:

“At a time where funding for individuals and for new ideas is limited, Breakthrough Fund offers a distinctive and responsive approach to supporting individual talent, which enables exciting developments – for the individual, their organisation, and the wider arts and cultural landscape.

Tailored support of this kind is increasingly scarce and it is our belief that it is much needed if individuals are to be given the opportunity to realise their full potential. Although we didn’t specify it in our guidance to nominators, it’s been fascinating to see these seven emerge so strongly, challenging the status quo and cultural norms, artistically and socially. We are proud to be investing in such an array of talent.”

Find out more about the new grantees.