The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024 celebrate UK’s rising creatives

Here are The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024 winners, spanning theatre writing, jazz composition and regenerative design

Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024: NO ID by Tatenda Shamiso
NO ID by Tatenda Shamiso, who was named Theatre Writing Fellow
(Image credit: Photo by Marc Brenner)

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024 winners were announced at a ceremony on 28 February at the Southbank Centre, London, which was full of the UK’s best rising artists and creatives. Five transformative £10,000 fellowships were awarded to help the winners further develop their practice, while all short-listed creatives received £1,000. 

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2024 winners

Daniel Casimir playing the cello by Tatiana Gorilovsky

Daniel Casimir playing the cello

(Image credit: Tatiana Gorilovsky)

Composer, producer and bassist Daniel Casimir received the award for Jazz Composition. His 2021 debut album Boxed In merged the sound of ‘New UK Jazz’ with classical orchestration. 

Rhea Thomas received an award for Regenerative Design. The climate innovator put extensive work into biomaterial research, utilising prawn waste from the seafood industry and transforming it into a product, 'Seasprout', to be used as an alternative to single-use food packaging.

The Black Cop Film Still by Cherish Oteka

The Black Cop film still by Cherish Oteka

(Image credit: Courtesy of Cherish Oteka)

The Short Film Documentary Fellow was awarded to Cherish Oteka, a documentary and filmmaker who tells the stories of often erased communities. Having won a BAFTA for the Best Short Film in 2022, Oteka has just finished filming her first feature-length film on LGBTQ+ athletes and organisers within sport. 

London-based writer Tatenda Shamiso was awarded the Theatre Writing Fellow. The Theatre Writing Award jury member Vicky Featherstone, previously artistic director of the Royal Court, said, ‘Tatenda’s work and belief stood out among a really talented group of artists. What struck me was the careful balance of accomplishment, joy and hard-won experiences and I am so excited to see where he will go next. This award hopefully gives him some time to choose those next steps.’

Seasprout regenerative material

Regenerative material made out of prawns titled ' Seasprout' by Rhea Thomas

(Image credit: Courtesy of Rhea Thomas)

Working across moving image, installation, performance, photography, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, sound-text, and ceramics, Rebecca Bellatoni explores everyday occurrences, with an abstract twist. With work exhibited at Tate Britain, and Frieze Live London, she was awarded the Visual Art Fellow.

The shortlist also included Romarna Campbell, Jas Kayser, Luca Manning, William Eliot, Aurélie Fontan, Emma Money, Jessica Bishopp, Rosie Morris, Kateryna Pavlyuk, Safaa Benson-Effiom, Laurie Motherwell, Yomi Ṣode, Dan Guthrie, Alexi Marshall and Rafał Zajko.

Cites installation by Rebecca Bellantoni

Cites installation by Rebecca Bellantoni

(Image credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Bellatoni)

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