Awards for Artists

Awards for Artists supports individuals at a timely moment in their careers, giving them the freedom to develop their creative ideas and contributing to their personal and professional growth. The awards are made every year and come with no strings attached – artists are free to use the money in whichever way they decide. Ten awards of £60,000 each are made annually, five to visual artists and five to composers.

The awards are a closed application process, with participation in the scheme each year by invitation only.

We know that visual artists and composers have been particularly hit by the lack of income due to the pandemic. In 2021, in the face of this ongoing crisis, we decided to support a larger number of artists – awarding £25,000 each to 20 visual artists and 20 composers and totalling £1 million.

Meet the 2021 award recipients