The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is delighted to announce that the PHF Awards for Visual Arts and Composers, the largest awards of their kind in the UK, are to be increased to £50,000.
The Foundation has also launched a website, www.fundingforartists.org.uk, listing other sources of funding for individual artists and composers.
Both developments follow a review of the Awards scheme, which has distributed over £3m to more than 100 individual artists since 1994.
Awards are made over three years and, uniquely, come with no strings attached. They are designed to enable artists to develop their work free from financial pressures.
Kate Tyndall, an independent arts consultant who carried out the review for PHF, says: “Speaking to many former recipients of these Awards, it is clear that they make a huge difference to artists’ lives and practice. They are unique in the UK – and our research suggested internationally too. Not only do they offer more money than any other prize or award for individual artists here in the UK, but they also leave the artist entirely free to use the money as they decide will best support their work. It’s this combination that means the Awards have such a big impact for those who receive them and make them so highly valued and respected by artists. At a time when it is clearly becoming even harder financially for artists to pursue their work, it is fantastic to see PHF increase their contribution.”
The PHF review also included a survey of other funding streams available to individual artists in the UK. The Foundation has used this data to compile what it believes is the first online directory of this kind, www.fundingforartists.org.uk
Régis Cochefert, Head of Arts at PHF, says: “Our awards scheme works through a process of peer nomination, but we often receive enquiries from individuals who want to apply. We hope that the mapping we undertook and our new website will be of value to visual artists and composers by pointing them to other sources of funding. We do not know of any other resource available at the moment that covers both the music and visual arts sectors so thoroughly.”
About the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists
First given in 1994, the PHF Awards have now supported over 100 individual artists, with total funding exceeding £3 million. Previous recipients include visual artists Angela de la Cruz, Ben Rivers, Melanie Gilligan, Ryan Gander, Gustav Metzger, Tomma Abts and Jeremy Deller. Previous recipients of the PHF Awards for Composers include Jason Yarde, Emily Howard, Janek Schaefer and Luke Bedford.
Paul Hamlyn Foundation is an independent grant-making organisation that works to help people fulfil their potential and enjoy a better quality of life. It operates three UK programmes – in the Arts, Education and Learning and Social Justice – and a programme of support for NGOs in India. The PHF Awards for Artists are a Special Initiative of the Arts programme.