Comics are one of the art forms being included in The Arts Foundation Futures Awards in the UK for 2020

Arts Foundation Futures Awards include Comics for 2020

Comics are one of the art forms being included in The Arts Foundation Futures Awards in the UK for 2020.

The Arts Foundation was set up by anonymous bequest in order to support UK-based artists from across the spectrum of the Arts. The annual Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFAs) gives out five £10,000 fellowships every year. These are awarded on the basis of past work and enable future development.

“2020 sees ‘Comics’ take its rightful name place on the awards table along with Visual Arts bringing its usual formidable mix of applicants,” say the Art Foundation. “As befits the title, this award includes the plethora of comic art practices in the UK both on the web and on paper.

“From monthly sequentials to graphic novels and webzines the award will include self-published and published work focusing on those that are pushing the boundaries of the artform.

Arts Foundation Logo“Artists, who will be a minimum of three years out of education with a track record, are nominated by both practitioners and experts involved in the art form.

“The finalists each receive £1,000 with one artist in each artform receiving the £10,000 fellowship.”

For more information visit artsfoundation.co.uk/affas/2020

With thanks to Paul Gravett

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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