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.”

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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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