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If you are passionate about using the arts to make a difference in your community and are interested in developing your skills as a project manager, then Future Fires could be for you.

Future Fires supports young artists to develop socially-engaged projects in their own communities. We deliver our two-day Short Course three-times each year which gives an introduction to developing a community project, and we recruit annually for our six-month long programme.

During the six-month programme, Future Fires receive a bespoke programme of training and mentoring to develop their leadership skills and support them to deliver a project in their own community.

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.

The projects supported by Future Fires 2018 are:

Roxy Legane: Kids of Colour

Kids of Colour is a platform for kids of colour to explore their experiences of race, identity and culture in modern Britain.

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Twitter: @kidsofcolourHQ
Fundraising page:

Trish Cartner: The Crimson Wave

A charitable organisation working to bring reliable, safe and free sanitary wear to homeless women & women in need.


Samuel Remi-Akinwale & Pelumi Fatayo: Base Productions

A youth led production company that focuses on discussing key topics like toxic masculinity and representation.

Hebe Reilly: Shadow: Shining a Light on Sexual Harassment. 

A project offering workshops and training sessions, using applied theatre techniques to identify and prevent sexual harassment.

Rose Sergent: Drawn Poorly Zine. 

A not for profit, Manchester based independent Zine. Rose works with collaborators from the UK and beyond to share work responding to chronic illness and long term health conditions (physical and mental.)

Nicola Varley: Noagender

A project that tackles the negative gender stereotypes young people have to tackle on a daily basis.


    ‘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

    Future Fires is supported by funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, UnLtd and The Peter Kershaw Trust.

    Credits & Partners

    • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
    • Paul Hamlyn Foundation