Are you an artist aged 18-30 dedicated to social change? Do you also have a great project idea but need support developing it? Then Future Fires could be for you.

Future Fires is a programme that supports young artists to develop a socially-engaged art project in their own community. We run two-day short courses and a twelve-month programme.

Our two-day Short-Course is delivered three times a year and 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.

Applications for Future Fires 2020 cohort are currently closed.

The projects supported by Future Fires 2018-2019 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.

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.)

Twitter: @drawnpoorlyzine

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