Future Fires is a programme which supports young artists to develop socially-engaged projects in their own communities.

We deliver our two-day Short-Course three times a year which gives an introduction to developing a community project. We recruit annually for our twelve-month programme for artists who want to speak out on a certain issue, or challenge social barriers which exist.

During the twelve-month programme, Future Fires will receive high level training and mentoring to develop their creative practice, leadership and project management skills. Once the training is completed, Future Fires will receive up to £1000 of funding to make it happen!

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.

We are currently hiring for Future Fires (Voluntary Opportunity)

Future Fires will receive high-level training and mentoring to develop their creative practice, leadership and project management skills.

If you are passionate about the arts and activism, keen to develop your skills, self-motivated, committed and want to make a difference in communities, then Future Fires could be for you. For more information and details of how to apply click here.

Deadline for applications: 10am Wednesday 11 December 2019

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.

Website: kidsofcolour.com
Twitter: @kidsofcolourHQ
Fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kidsofcolour

Trish Cartner: The Crimson Wave

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

Twitter: @crimsonwave.org

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