Future Fires

Want to use your creative practice to make real change in your community?

Want to speak out on a certain issue, and challenge the social barriers that your peers are facing?

Want to become an arts leader, with care and best practice at the centre of your work?

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Future Fires is a long-standing Contact programme running since 2007 that supports young artists to develop creative programmes that affect change in their communities.

We recruit annually for our twelve-month programme. Future Fires receive funding, mentoring and high-level training in key creative project management areas to develop their ideas, make their projects happen, and refine their practice in the arts industry.

Future Fires has launched the careers of many young arts professionals and supported the establishment of new charities and social enterprises including Reform Radio, EnJoy Arts and Tandem Theatre.

‘I can honestly say that being a part of this programme was the best thing I ever did for my artistic career, it was the catalyst for all the creative work I have done and continue to do.’

Jessica Loveday, Freelance Artist


We are not currently recruiting for Future Fires.

If you want to find out about opportunities to get involved, please complete the form on this page.

CREDITS and supporters

Future Fires is supported by funding from:

  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation
  • UnLtd
  • The Peter Kershaw Trust

Thank you so much to our funders for their support.

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